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poly AK-47 mag

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by donovan, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. donovan

    donovan Eugene, OR Member

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    plastic magazines have come a long ways in recent years. I have recently switched over (happily) to PMAGS for my AR rifles and I am wondering if anyone has any experience with the polymer AK-47 mags. I have been on the fence about trying Promag or bulgarian mags. are these worth the money? are what magazines are worth it?
     
  2. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    The Bulgarian "waffle" mags are the standard for others to follow (my opinion)

    haven't had any experiences with the promags but the tapco mags seem to be pretty ok (lifetime warranty) but they are tight in my NORINCO's.

    SF-
     
  3. pdx lefty

    pdx lefty portland Active Member

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    I bought a Pro Mag for my AK about a year ago to see if it would hold up. 1000+ rounds later it is sill in great condition. I now have 7 in rotation and do not use my steel ones anymore.

    Lefty.
     
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  4. donovan

    donovan Eugene, OR Member

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    are the pro mags sturdy? can they be dropped without the chance of breaking?
     
  5. pdx lefty

    pdx lefty portland Active Member

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    You can beat the h*** out of them and they will still work fine unlike the metal ones that easily dent. IMHO.

    Lefty.
     
  6. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Here's a video of polymer AK mag drop tests, with a more detailed chart of results at the end. ProMag doesn't seem to do so well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQalsPMe3tY

    I've used ProMags in both my 7.62x39 and 5.45x39 AK's. Had to do a bit of filing on the 5.45x39 just to get it to lock into place, but after that seemed to work just fine. No issues with durability, and both fed without issue.
     
  7. nwoutlaw

    nwoutlaw Tacoma/Puyallup New Member

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    i have 4 of the tapcos for my yugo underfolder and they all work great, no problems yet.
     
  8. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    the bulgy mags are by far the best I also have tapco. If I could not have the bulgy mags I would take the Tapco ones into combat and feel good about it.
     
  9. Tactical SS

    Tactical SS Washington Member

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    I just ordered 3 Tapco mags, mostly because they were about $8.50 a piece on clearance (I bought the last 3 sorry :) ). The price was right and I'm willing to bet it will go bang.
     
  10. 56kninja

    56kninja Portland Member

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    Tapco is a great option but you need to replace the springs in them.

    They used to have great springs but they literally shortened them in half some time back. I got some and checked them, and sent them back because I didnt want the short springs, Ive heard they can cause feeding issues.
     
  11. supergenius

    supergenius 206 Active Member

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    I have tapcoz and bulgys... both awesome. Have a couple pro mags... on one one of the feed ramps has cracked although it still feeds fine. I've found to get tje polys. to lock correctly I've had to gently recontour the tab... but its a small price to pay. You won't be dissapointed with the tapcos
     
  12. Mac_Fan

    Mac_Fan Beaverton Active Member

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    The Bulgarian mags are what you want to spend your money on. As far as Pro-Mag is concerned, junk in my opinion. Cheap plastic and completely unreliable.
     
  13. 1970camaroRS

    1970camaroRS Mill Creek, WA Member

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    I have 3 Thermold mags on my I.O. AK. They seem to work well, but I did have to shave off a bit of casting flash from mine. They were resonably priced too.
     
  14. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I have the Tapco ones for my AK and love them. They have worked great for the time I have had them. Plus for 10 bucks a mag you can not beat the price. Plus no grease and no rust if not greased:laugh:
     
  15. Tactical SS

    Tactical SS Washington Member

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    I have three Tapco that won't lock into my AK, not really a great first impression.
     
  16. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    I've never used tapco, but everything I've heard about promag was that they're hit or miss, and most are miss. I did have one of their 10/22 drums, and it was complete garbage.

    I've got a 40rd bulgarian waffle mag, and although I haven't used it much, it's been 100%.

    I've got one of the bulgarian slabside mags that's supposedly not as good, and it's been 100% as well, but I don't have many rounds through that one either.

    Unless you plan on packing a bunch of them around with you where the weight savings would be beneficial, I can't see them being worth the extra cost over steel mags, unless you're buying the U.S. mags to be 922r compliant.
     
  17. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    I just bought 10 of these for $23.99:

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    From these guys: http://www.midwestdeerhuntingpro.co..._Magazine_MAG_ARSENAL_AK_762X39_BUL.aspx?SR=1

    When I bought mine they where $23.99 and now they are $25.99. I never heard of the company but they were professional in their communication, they emailed the tracking #, they ship FEDEX and delivered on time. The mags were all wrapped in plastic and are beautiful. Highly recommend these guys. Great Price on the Bulgarian Waffle mags. Eventually some poser, patriot-for-profit, Kracker @$$ is going to come in and buy these guys out and will happily sell them to you for $40.00. If you are looking for the best poly AK mags get these.

    SF-
     
  18. Tactical SS

    Tactical SS Washington Member

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    I should have ordered a few when you sent me that link.
     
  19. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I agree....I have 8 bulgarian waffle mags and they work perfectly.....:thumbup: