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New Korean-made metric FAL magazines

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Z-Michigan, Sep 14, 2010.

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  1. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Member

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    I saw AIM offering these brand new Korean-made (knockoff) 20rd metric FAL magazines last week, and jumped on the deal since I'm not aware of anyone in the world making new FAL magazines right now (I guess DSA tried a year or two ago and had serious problems) and these are priced lower than most used mags on the market:

    http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=MRWBFAL

    I received my order today and examined two of them for fit and finish. Design and appearance is largely identical to a standard Belgian FNH-made metric FAL magazine, down to the ribbing and everything. Feel and weight is identical too. The follower is parkerized rather than blue (Belgian mags have blued followers, most other countries used parkerizing) but all design features appear to be a perfect copy.

    I then tried fit in my FALs, and found the following:
    -DSA type I receiver - no go. Mag will not fit with any reasonable amount of force, you would need a hammer (which would be stupid).
    -IMBEL type III receiver - both mags fit but very snug.
    -Entreprise Arms type III receiver (metric), 2008/09 production: mags fit, one easily, the other a bit snug.

    I'm going to infer that the Korean FAL magazines are just slightly oversize in their dimensions. If you have an IMBEL or Entreprise Arms FAL, I think they would be worth a try. If you have a DSA, I would pass.

    I have not had a chance to try these out shooting. The follower seems rather stiff but I hope that will loosen up with use, and it doesn't feel significantly different from the FNH-licensed mags I have.

    Also, the finish on the mag body is a bit uneven. I think it is a zinc phosphate (form of parkerizing) but the corners and edges are a dark blue/gray while the flats of each side a pale greenish whitish gray. I suspect this is either too little time in solution or perhaps oil contamination from some part of the manufacturing process. I don't think it's any big deal, but they aren't as pretty as like-new licensed production mags.

    AIM appears to have sold out the first batch, but all the other Korean knockoff mags keep coming and getting cheaper with new shipments, so I expect these will be popping up again at AIM and some other usual suspects like CDNN and others.
     
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    Please update this thread with your range report. That should be interesting.

    I bought some Glock 19 magazine Korean knockoffs and they seem to be working fine after about 30 rounds. We'll see.
     
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    I read that at first as North Korean FAL magazines and was confused!
     
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    And that would make the FAL - The Right Arm of Communist Totalitarian Oppression!

    I'll post a range report when I get to it, but don't expect it today or tomorrow, and Friday doesn't look good either. :)
     
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    Wonder how well they would fit my Bushmaster BAR-10
     
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    What was the issue with the DSA mags? I have a couple, and the few I have tried seem to run OK...

    Mike
     
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    I don't own any so I'm going only by what I read on FAL Files, but supposedly a lot of them would not feed reliably in various FALs. Again, no personal experience with them. However, since DSA's website indicates they are "out" of metric 20 round magazines, one might wonder why DSA isn't selling their own manufacture 20 round magazines if they are working right. I just copied the text below from DSA's website one minute ago:

     
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    Yesterday I finally got a chance to test these mags, but only briefly. I tested two of them using a total of about 30 rounds of ammo - meaning no, neither mag was completely full. I was testing for feed reliability and bolt lockback when empty. Both mags fed with 100% reliability, no jams or stoppages of any kind. Only one mag would lock the bolt back when empty, which it did every time; the other mag wouldn't lock the bolt back ever.

    So far, I continue to think these are decent spare or practice mags if you have an IMBEL or Entreprise receiver. For complete reliability, find some genuine military surplus mags.
     
  9. W.E.G.

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    Are you speaking of mags you bought from DSA (OEM mags), or are you speaking of the US-made mags which DSA recently sold in a very limited run?
     
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