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ak guys. what mags do you use?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by uspJ, Apr 8, 2010.

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  1. uspJ

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    i want to buy some spare mags for my ak and the only brands sold around my area are the pro mag and tapco. i've never used tapco and never really heard much about them. pro mag have left a bad taste for me, it seems like one in ten of their mags works 50% of the time.

    i have a couple old milsurp metal mags that work great but they have no markings for me to try to find spares of the same kind.

    so long story short what brands of ak mags do you guys use?
     
  2. CosmicGrooves

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    I like the Bulgarian Circle 10 mags and the surplus steel mags. Those are the ones I stick with. I probably wont' get any more Circle 10's though because they're too expensive.
     
  3. RP88

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    Romanian and Hungarian steel surplus mags.

    The Hungarians are usually in superb, usually unissued shape. The Romanians are usually beat to all hell and back, but function perfectly fine. I have two tapcos, and those both help Tapco live up to its "crapco" nickname.
     
  4. DMK

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    Not these. Use Commie mags only.

    I use Bulgarian Circle 10 Waffle mags, Hungarian 20 rd tanker mags and various surplus 30 rd steel mags, probably mostly Romanian, no way of knowing for sure.

    Avoid the Yugoslavians with the bolt hold open follower (they will probably be more expensive anyway). All the other European and Chinese steel mags are about the same.
     
  5. Zack

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    I just posted about this a few days ago. I got mine from aimsurplus. They are metal mags.
     
  6. nalioth

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    You don't need markings on your mags.

    Just make sure they were used by a communist military before you buy them - you can't go wrong.
     
  7. Babarsac

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    The only bad experience I've had is with ProMag's. Anything else and you're good to go.
     
  8. EdLaver

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    I use the Tapco's, they are lighter and function perfect. Never had a problem out of any of them. I have 10.
     
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    I have a couple Tapco, but try and only get either the 20rnd Hungarian, or any other metal body commie mag. My reasoning is, if I some how run out of ammo and am still threatened, I can use the mag as a bludgeon. Or that I like the originality of it, take your pick. :)
     
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    Why?
     
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    E. german weiger type mags; heaviest, yet thickest and most indestructible...
     
  12. Ohio Gun Guy

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    Not that I have used the us "plastic" mags, but my steel surplus mags work flawlessly.
     
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    Old ex-Warsaw-Pact steel mags, exclusively (country of origin doesn't matter, as long as they're European). All combloc steel mags work great and will still be functioning fine centuries from now; just find some that look pretty much like the ones you have, if that's important to you. Most American-made mags for the AK seem to be crap.

    I avoid them because (1) it doesn't make mag chances one millisecond faster, since the bolt slams home when you hit the release, (2) it makes mag changes annoyingly noisy, and (3) there's no point. Even on a shooting range when you have to lock the bolt back, are you going to suddenly empty the magazine when the RO calls a cease-fire in order to lock the bolt back, or are you going to eject the mag and use a chamber flag?
     
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    I use Bulgarian circle 10's, made out of some sort molded plastic material with a waffle pattern exterior. Work really well in the Arsenal SAM 7S I bought earlier on. K-Var Corp was the supplier and still list them in 5, 10 and 30 rd capacities. Only problem is they are about 3x the price they were a few years ago. So much for the value of the U.S. dollar.
     
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    I only use Russian Bakelite mags...

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    I use tapco, never had a problem with it yet. Works for me...
     

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    Only surplus mags for me. Work great, cheap,got a ton of them.
     
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    Add another one for Tapco plastic mags - so far that's all I have used, and no problems so far.
     
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    I use 20 round Hungarian mags in my AMD-65 and a mix of Bugarian and Romanian 30 round steel surplus mags for my other AK's.
     
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    Commie mags are definitely the strongest and most reliable.

    Quick question, why do people often not like Chinese mags? IIRC they're thinner gauge, and the front locking lug is stamped rather than solid steel, but the much-loved Bulgarian mags are the same. Bulgarians use Chinese-style tooling.
     
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    I liked the Hungarian 20-round versions. When I had AKs, the Hungarian mags were easy to find in good condition for reasonable prices.
     
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    I had one pro-mag. It repeatedly gave me feeding issues, so I placed it on the backstop, loaded up a cheap, reliable commie surplus mag, and shot the pro-mag 30 times.
     
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    steel surplus mags, they're heavy but work great
     
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