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What AK 74 magazines did I buy?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by FIVETWOSEVEN, Mar 7, 2012.


    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

  2. Rob G

    Rob G Well-Known Member

    Those are bakelite magazines for sure. If you really only paid $20 for the three of them then you got a hell of a deal. The cheapest I've seen them anywhere recently was about $50 each. As for breaking, I've seen it happen before, but mostly those are tough magazines and should hold up just fine. Personally I don't toss mine around too much but that's just because I only have a couple and they were high dollar.
  3. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Those used to sell for.. $7 a piece or so.
  4. Rob G

    Rob G Well-Known Member

    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.....
  5. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    You got a terrific deal.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    There are four of them. I'm just wondering if I should get other magazines for hard use.
  7. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    No, those are very tough magazines. No issues at all with using them hard. Those are pretty much the best you can get for those rifles.
  8. GCMkc

    GCMkc Well-Known Member

    Just pick up a cheap bulgy plastic mag or a steel one. Steel AK mags are built like tanks and can take some serious abuse.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    Would they be fine to be knocked out of the gun during reloading onto concrete?
  10. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Not regularly. Eventually they will land on the lips and WILL break. Magazines are consumables, no point in purposefully trying to shorten their lifespan.

    Glass reinforced PE actually. Bakelite is very brittle.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    Are they worth less than if they were Bakelite? I guess I'm going to be careful with these mags as I don't want to break them.
  12. Jeremy2171

    Jeremy2171 Well-Known Member

    Just sell those "MINTY" EG bake lights for stupid cash then go buy some bulgarians etc for regular use.


    PS you WON'T break them unless you run over them with a truck....
  13. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    I'm not sure there were ever any 5.45 magazines actually made from bakelite. Dunno why everyone assumes that they are all bakelite, pretty much the worst possible material to make a magazine from.

    There were both chinese and soviet bakelite 7.62 magazines though.
  14. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    You could go to soviet-steel.com and ask to trade. You could get 3 or 4 to 1 in trade for steel or circle 10mags.
  15. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    That's an excellent deal your friend gave you for thosee EG resin mags, these days.

    The color is unmistakably East German - and i didn't see any arsenal marks, which is also EG. Mold 45, most likely from most likely made by Ernst Thaelmann VEB.

    They are very durable - I have been using and abusing mine for over 10 years now. We all call them bakelite, they are actually made from a 2 part glass reinforced polyethylene plastic molding, using epoxy resin adhesive. Tough stuff.

    You scored.
  16. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Had no idea these had gone up so much. I bought 4 way back when to use in my 5.56 Mak 90 when they were dirst cheap.
  17. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    The cheapest I've seen them recently is $45 used, and up to $75 for unused/lightly used EG 30 rd. bakelite mags.
  18. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    Any mag will eventually break if you do enough of that kind of thing with it, but those mags could handle that kind of treatment a lot better than, say, a GI AR-15 mag.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    My friend that I bought these off of has a MAK 90 in which the mags were bought for cheap to be used with.
  20. Buck Kramer

    Buck Kramer Well-Known Member

    Some guys get all the luck, I've been looking for some that cheap for a long time.

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