AK mags - recommendations?

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What are people's experiences with the different styles/brands of AK magazines?

I bought a US Palm clear polymer mag and it pops out every other round.

I don't think the extra weight of steel is worth the extra durability. Maybe I'd feel different if I was surviving off of them. Thankfully that's not the case.
 

Tony617

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I have some new Bulgarian AK magazines with steel case but a plastic follower. These are good magazines and I did not have to do any fitment issues and they just work.

https://atlanticfirearms.com/ak47-magazine-steel-bulgarian

Also have few Romanian surplus magazines and have a bunch of Croatian AK magazines as well. but I had to do some filing with me Dremel tool to make them fit. I also have a few Magpul AK magazines as well.
 
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Surplus mags are gtg if price matters. If you feel like spending pick up some coin Bulgarian circle 10 waffles are the answer.
 
Magpul has an inexpensive all polymer mag ($13) and a hybrid mag (M3 $26) that has steel embeds at the critical points.
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The coveted Bulgarian Circle 10 polymer is $50 ea.

For steel, as stated above it's the European surplus mags.
 
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I've still got three genuine Soviet-era AK mags that I get out every now and then and look at admiringly.

Y'see, back in the day, I used to use them to beat the living bejasus out of a few Colt-made [and other] mags, just to show how a magazine NEEDED to be made to be soldier-proof, if such a thing could be achieved. Nary a one bears a single trace of being used as a hammer to utterly destroy most any Western-made magazines.
 
Are these any good? Does anybody use 40 round magazines in 3 gun competitions? https://www.northwestfirearms.com/threads/40-round-bulgarian-slab-side-ak-47-magazines.354739/
If all you are wanting to do is stand there with a big heavy donkey appendage hanging below the AK, give it a try. But in reality for shooting at the range 10-20 round mags are best if you can find them. AIM Surplus has some steel mags that I would buy rather than the plastic ones...and I do have a bunch of the original Bulgarian 30rnd & 5rnd waffle mags and Polish 30rnd Synthetic mags, but those are kind of unobtanium nowdays

Linky: https://aimsurplus.com/magazines/ak-magazines/
 

ma96782

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I'd be thinking....how the original Communist makers probably had something going for them.

So anyway, I bought steel mags from a Communist Satellite State (I think there were Romanian).

BUT, But, but......pickings were sparse back then. BUT, Yeah.....still cheap enough (for new in the wrap @ $10) and it matched with my Romanian AK (SAR). It was like someone made me an offer that I couldn't refuse.


Aloha, Mark

PS....What's a Romanian SAR?
My receiver is marked Ser suffix -99. IIRC it was from when SG News was still in paper form. And they were less than $300. We (with some friends) made a group buy so that our kitchen table FFL guy had an easier time. Only downside for me was : no bayonet lug.

Yeah.....you gotta have one of those.....to be truly EVIL.
 
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If anyone is looking for 40 rounders, give the AC Unity ones a look, 20 pack for $100. Steel reinforced.


Note: never used these, have some AC unity AR15 mags which run fine. Do have some of the above linked $5 AK mags on the way, however will be a while before we can take them out.

Have some Bulgarian slab sided 40 AK mags, so are familiar with 40's vs 30's vs 20's.

As towards which/what are best? We've been pretty lucky in not having issues running anything. Sofar.

30's: Steeles (various), Croatian BHO's, Korean cheapos, Magpuls, Tapco slab side.

20's: not many, around 20. Unknown origin.

40's: just the Bulgarian slab side, until the AC unity's arrive & we run them.
 

ma96782

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Since someone mentioned the Chinese mags. OK, Ok, ok.....since this just came out and since I was reminiscing about my Romanian SAR. I figured that some of you might just find this interesting.


So...."old school".

Yeah....maybe an update to an AK-74 (5.45x39mm) is in order?


Aloha, Mark
 
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I've still got three genuine Soviet-era AK mags that I get out every now and then and look at admiringly.

Y'see, back in the day, I used to use them to beat the living bejasus out of a few Colt-made [and other] mags, just to show how a magazine NEEDED to be made to be soldier-proof, if such a thing could be achieved. Nary a one bears a single trace of being used as a hammer to utterly destroy most any Western-made magazines.
In Australia they’re used as deadly boomerangs….. with the proper vetting of “genuine need” and issued license, of course.


:D
 
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I've had good luck with the Bulgy or even Romy mags. Normally not a huge fan of the polymer ones, although the Circle 10s I have haven't caused me any grief. I think all of my AKMs from RD came with US Palm mags, but I prefer the surplus metal ones.
 

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