Got AK? Then you need AK magazines.
We’ll be reviewing AK-47 and AKM magazines in this article.
Here’s some of the models we are going to look at:
AK-47 Magazines – Overview
Several of these magazines are high-capacity. As such, please check with your state regulations for ownership of high capacity magazines. Several states restrict ownership or possession of high capacity mags!
Let’s talk about construction first.
AK mags are made from steel, aluminum, or a polymer material. This is what makes up the body of the magazine.
There are also 3 other parts are used: a spring, a follower and a floor plate.
The spring is long and will conform to the shape of the mag.
The part that rests on top of the spring is the follower.
The follower is the part of the magazine that the bullets actually rest upon.
The spring pushes the follower which moves the bullets upwards toward the mouth of the magazine.
The follower is critical in facilitating feeding rounds into the firearm’s chamber.
The floor plate is what makes up the bottom of the box. Some mags are enclosed and others feature a removable floor plate.
A magazine with a removable floor plate will be easier to clean.
MAGPUL PMAG Magazine 7.62×39 30rd Polymer Black
What’s a PMAG? That’s shorthand for polymer magazine.
These are super-durable. This is a 3rd generation technology and offers even better strength, reliability and versatility as compared to the original PMAG.
These are made by MAGPUL.
By the way, these are high quality. The US military uses PMAGs for it’s AR-15 rifles.
The Magpul PMAG AK/AKM GEN M3 brings Kalashnikov PMAG technology up to the same state-of-the-art as the GEN M3 mags for AR-15 rifles.
This is a rugged but lightweight, high-reliability mag. It is designed specifically for AK-pattern rifles, including the AKM, AKS, SIG556R, and others.
The magazine body incorporates a steel-reinforced spine and lugs at the front and rear for outstanding durability – even under hard use.
The body also uses a constant-curve internal geometry for smooth movement of the round stack and loading into the chamber.
These also incorporate a paint pen dot matrix panel, which allows you to mark your mags for easy identification.
Notice this mag has a flared floorplate – which make it easy to grab.
It is still slim enough to use with standard AK mag pouches. The floorplate is removable for clearning.
The follower is alow-friction, anti-tilt design that is also made from polymer.
AK-47 Magazine 40-Rd Polymer Black 7.x62s39mm
Here’s a 40 round AK mag – also made from polymer.
This 40-round magazines is built using a durable, proven Dupont Zytel polymer
The enhanced magazine body provides room for up to 40 rounds of 7.62x39mm – which means fewer reloads – but remember it adds height to the rifle as well.
Shooting in the prone position will be more challenging.
These mags use a heat-treated magazine chrome-silicon wire spring made from chrome-silicon wire.
This magazine is made in the USA.
AK-47 Magazine 7.62×39 30rd Steel Black
This is a high-quality 30 round magazine that is over-built to ensure dependable operation during competition or tactical operations.
This AK mag uses a TIG-welded, heat-treated steel body, a precision wound spring, and a polymer follower for consistent feeding.
There is a removable steel floorplate for easy cleaning.
AK30R 30-Rd Magazine FDE Polymer 7.62×39
The AK30R 30-Rd Magazine FDE Polymer 7.62×39 from US Palm is an affordable option.
This is a 30 round capacity magazine.
Reliability was primary consideration when this magazine was designed. It even includes a self-cleaning follower made from polymer.
The body has a waffle-and-tread design that makes handling easy, as you can get a solid grip on this mag, no matter the weather conditions.
AK-47 75rd Drum Magazine 7.62x39mm Black Steel
Here’s a real high-capacity ak mag – the AK-47 75rd Drum Magazine 7.62x39mm Black Steel from KCI USA.
Based on a Chinese design this mag lets you do a lot of shooting – and only a little reloading.
You load this drum by opening the rear cover and dropping rounds in – that means no need to wrestle with increasingly strong spring pressure!,/p>
After loading rounds – give the winding key a few twists to tighten the spring and you are ready to shoot.
This magazine uses a steel body with a matte black finish. The cover is clear polymer so you can visually confirm round count.
What rifles will this work with? Any 7.62x39mm AK-47/AKM that uses double-stack mags.
Just remember, historically drum magazines are not quite as reliable as regular stick mags.
AK-47 Magazines – In Summary
There are many mags that will fit your AK.
But no matter what style or capacity you go with – make sure to get mags that feed reliably.
You may also be interested in our AR-15 mags buyer’s guide.
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