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East German AK 74 bakelite mags have skyrocketed

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by nathan, Nov 22, 2009.

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  1. nathan

    nathan Member

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    in price while the 5.45 cal ammo have dipped in price. Have you guys noticed it ?
     
  2. dfariswheel

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    Some places are pricing them at $50.00 a magazine.

    The supply dried up, as supplies usually do, and the price has skyrocketed.
    At one point you could buy new one's for as low as $7.00.
    Of course, that was back before the rifles and ammo were readily available.
     
  3. HorseSoldier

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    Well, no new East German bakelites are being made (and the Russians switched to more conventional plastic as well), so they've gone from surplus to collectible.

    It at least seems like some new Bulgarian 5.45 mags are coming in these days for reasonable prices.
     
  4. nathan

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    Well, a pile of 5.45 rifles have hit the market, so I'd expect the values to go up..
     
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    Well hello, MD! Seems we've both drifted from the computer sites...

    Anyway great news on the 5.45 chambered rifles, I'd sure be tempted...
     
  7. wally

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    If you think the E German are expensive, price the Russian ones!

    I've got half a dozen from when they were $7-8 each at gun shows, figured I'd get the gun eventually :)

    I wouldn't pay more for them than the current Bulgarian black plastic mags you can buy now for $12-15.

    The cheap 5.45x39 ammo is corrosive, so demand is lower. I shoot quite a lot of it, like the price but I an only use it when I'm sure I'll have time to clean them when I get home from the range. Its not corrosive like acid or anything and even in Houston's heat and humidity I've gone as long as six hours between shooting and cleaning without any rust issues. But most of my guns only get cleaned after many outings so the corrosive ammo guns often get left behind if I'm not 100% certain I'll have time to clean them afterwards.

    --wally.
     
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    Think I paid 7 or 8 bucks each for the 4 I bought, but I got them because they work in Norinco 5.56mm rifles if you only load 20 rounds. With RobArm followers thay hold a full 30, even now I don't have more than $12 in them each.
     
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