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Old January 19, 2015, 06:14 PM   #1
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CIA Mosin Nagant Archangel Type 53 7.62x54r

Just purchased one of these from Bud's. Rumor has it that the magazines are a problem. If this is true I would like any feedback as to how you got yours to work properly and if the 5 round or 10 round mag. is better for whatever reason. It's a mosin nagant type 53 chinese model (m44) restored and put onto an Archangel stock.
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Old January 19, 2015, 07:23 PM   #2
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I thought about getting one of these stocks in 2013, so I gathered all information I could find on them.

There seemed to be a problem with the polymer in some of the mags that lead to cycling issues. The guys from Archangel themselves offered this solution (which involves heating the mags in an oven):

I remember a youtube video by someone for whom this fix actually worked.

Archangel promised that the newer magazines won't have this problem, though (that was back in mid-2013).

This guy here had some other issues with his mags, but they also seem to have been fixed by Archangel:

This video is also from 2013. I think that the most common problems have been worked out by now.
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Old January 20, 2015, 05:30 PM   #3
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Archangel = ProMag while the stock might be nice, its pretty rare in my experience that a ProMag magazine can be counted on.

Since the OP has already bought it, lets hope he reports back about the magazines.

I can probably list the ProMags that have worked well for me on one hand, all the others I've tried have ended up being used as reactive targets:

Metal Mini-30 10-round mags no issues at all!
Kahr K9 mags, but had to replace the springs after about a year, still useful at the range.
Plastic AK 5.56 30-round works in Norinco 5.56 AK, but I only have one, could be a fluke.
Para P10 .45ACP, bodies were usable after Para OEM springs and followers installed.

I'm embarrassed to own up to all the others I've tried in the process of reaching this conclusion.
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Old January 20, 2015, 05:44 PM   #4
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I have never bought a Pro Mag magazine that worked so don't feel bad. I got burned twice by Promag. The only aftermarket magazine I will buy is MecGar metal magazines.
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Old January 20, 2015, 07:21 PM   #5
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It's my understanding that the guys at Archangel Manufacturing work, at least to some degree, independently from their mother company.

I used to have an Archangel Sparta stock for my Mini-14 and it was definitely a quality stock.
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Old January 21, 2015, 03:33 PM   #6
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Mosin Nagant Archangel mags

I have four of the Archangel mags, 2 10 rd and 2 5 rd. I followed the instructions from Archangel to fix the feeding problem, spring problem and all works well. At least it is fixed.
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