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Old 05-04-2017, 04:12 PM
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Default Good, widely available AKM mags?

I have recently gone from one platform that uses AK mags, to three.

I prefer 20 rounders, and over a decade ago, I was able to get some of the good Hungarian, ridged spine, 20 rounders. (I know those days are gone.)

I know European milsurp would be best, and if there is a cache of those available, let me know. However, if you needed to get 10-20 mags what is a good option that is widely available and reasonably priced nowadays?

- Magpul Gen1
- Magpul Gen2
- Korean commercially made?
- the new Croatian commercially made?

Also, what milsurps should I avoid? What is the "pecking order" of milsurps?

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Old 05-05-2017, 03:30 PM
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Yes to your list, but stay away from the Croatian commercial mags. Many are so out of spec, they won't even fit Yugo AKs.
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:01 PM
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Yes to your list, but stay away from the Croatian commercial mags. Many are so out of spec, they won't even fit Yugo AKs.
Am I confusing them with the ones from Gibbs Rifle Company? I thought they were the ones that made a good AKM mag in Croatia and were importing them here?

Also, are the Korean commercially made good-to-go? I thought I had read some bad reviews.
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:01 PM
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I found some steel surplus mags at the gunshow today that were purported to be Bulgarian. Are those any good? How do I ID the Bulgarians?

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Old 05-07-2017, 10:24 AM
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Polish Steel AK47 7.62x39 30rd Magazines for Aim Surplus: good to go?
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:29 PM
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So, I wound up ordering 5 of the Polish magazines and 5 of the Yugoslavia magazines with bolt hold open followers from AIM Surplus. By ordering 5 of the Polish, the price dropped by $1, so it was 10 mag for $100 plus S&H.

I also ordered 10 of the new Croatian made Yugo pattern magazines that APEX Gun Parts have recently acquired by the pallet-full. I watched the video on their web site of them opening a pallet, putting a random magazine in various AKs and cycling dummy rounds. They also advertise which AKs they have test fitted them into. $7.95 each!

I made both orders on Sunday. APEX got my order to me by Wednesday. AIM got my order to me on Friday.

The APEX Croatian mags were brand new, had a very light covering of oil, and looked beautiful. I fit them into two different rifles, cycled dummy rounds just fine, and the BHO worked.

The AIM order was a hedge in case the Croatians were flawed. The Polish were as advertised and fit well. The Yugoslavians cost me 5 hours of baking, wiping, soaking in boiling water, baking again, wiping, drying out, oiling and reassembling. They were definitely used (as advertised) and cycled dummy rounds and inserted into the mag well just fine. But in the end, they were more expensive, used versions of the new Croatian magazines from APEX.

I recommend the APEX Croatian magazines. All the Yugo goodness, all the PMAG newness, none of the cosmoline badness. Price can't be beat. Price to value rating is off the charts. Made me regret my other purchases.

Went to the gun show at Fort Myer, florida, yesterday. Dealers uniformly wanted $15-30 per AK magazine.
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Went to the gun show at Fort Myer, florida, yesterday. Dealers uniformly wanted $15-30 per AK magazine.
Forget that. Peruse the big online gun part vendors and you'll find steel AK mags for $10-12 apiece...
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Forget that. Peruse the big online gun part vendors and you'll find steel AK mags for $10-12 apiece...


The new APEX Gun Parts Croatian mags were brand new, had a very light covering of oil, and looked beautiful. I fit them into two different rifles, cycled dummy rounds just fine, and the BHO worked. And they were just only $7.95!

What are my choices for 20 rounders? The Hungarians are unobtainium, but I got some about 10-12 years ago. How are the Korean 20 rounders?

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