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 Promag or TAPCO?
Twizter68  [Member]
3/5/2012 7:21:08 AM
Looking to see which is better for a 10 and 20 round mag. New to AK's, so I'm shooting in the dark on this...I have a Romy AK.
chevellemrwl  [Member]
3/5/2012 3:11:13 PM
I have both for 10 and 20 rounders.

The older promag's from a few years ago, 08 and 09, really work the best in my AK. Have some newer 20's that don't have the ProMag symbols on the floor plates, and seem to wobble a bit. But function fine. I have never had an issue with the 12 promag's I have.

The Tapco's I liked as well for the price. Found a few places that were doing killer sales. I had to grind a little on the locking lugs to get them to fit. I did not have to mod any of my ProMag one's. But once I did a little modding, they fit and function fine.

Most people say avoid them both, and yes there are other better mags out there. AIM has the best deal on those Euro Surplus mags. Grab some of those, some of the Promag/Tapco's and test them all out on your AK. Cant have too many mags either.
chevellemrwl  [Member]
3/5/2012 4:24:33 PM
CTD store locally had the Tapco in stock, so I picked up two for S&G's. Can you post some pics of how you modded the tabs to get them to fit? Neither one fits in, and are bloody hell to take out as well!


I'm at work right now, but when I get home, I'll post some pics. All you are doing is taking the rear lug, and thinning it down a bit. I started with a sharp razor blade, and after my first one, moved to my dremmel after I saw how much I needed to take off the lug. The very tip if the rear lug is fine, but my Tapco's all got fatter as it moved towards the mag body. Shaving it down a bit so that tape was a bit less, allowed the mag catch to properly line up and close all the way. I had the same issues on those AIM Euro Mags too. They were not 100% engaged, and dropped out of the magwell after each round.
chevellemrwl  [Member]
3/5/2012 4:33:54 PM
I found some old pics of my Euro Mag issues thread.

This is before any mods to the mag. You can see the mag release is at much more of an angle, and wont let the mag fully seat, or fully close the release.


Here, you can see the mag release is much more parallel to the mag. It is much more of a closed position.


I'll try to get some better ones of the Tapco's when I get home. But also the angle of the lower part of that rear locking lug, thats what you are modifying. On mine, (and YMMV) that lower part of the lug, needed to be thinned to match more of the tip. Reducing that taper towards the mag body.
Twizter68  [Member]
3/6/2012 10:15:47 AM
Picked up two TAPCO 20's, did the check and file bit this morning. Both of them now fit, can be removed and installed fairly easily, and are still nice and snug in the receiver. NOTE: apparently when they opened up the mag well, they did not do a very good job deburring; there are a few burrs that are gouging the mags, and were keeping them from locking down all the way. My dremel is charging, and I will address them tomorrow.
Twizter68  [Member]
3/7/2012 11:24:59 AM
Magwell dressed and deburred, mags fit in great now!
Twizter68  [Member]
3/19/2012 3:19:54 PM
200 rounds later...half steel mags, half Tapco, had 12 feed failures...allfrom the steelies. The Tapcos fed great. Will be on my buy list!
contactcole2  [Member]
3/22/2012 12:06:39 AM
Originally Posted By Twizter68:
Looking to see which is better for a 10 and 20 round mag. New to AK's, so I'm shooting in the dark on this...I have a Romy AK.


Between Promag and Tapco for range mags I'll take Tapco. My Tapco mags have been perfect range mags.
abc123omg  [Member]
3/22/2012 12:26:07 AM
if you look around you tapco 30rders can be had for as little at 7$ each
WTex  [Member]
3/22/2012 12:59:14 AM
Hey Twizter, steel mags are usuallly 100% reliable. I've never had 1 problem with them ever, but I friend of mine had a bad mag. Shoot them some more and see if you can narrow it down to 1, or maybe 2 of the steel mags. They are easy to take apart, clean them and lube them and they should work better. It is usually the plastic U.S. made AK mags that have problems.
Twizter68  [Member]
3/22/2012 3:18:44 AM
Originally Posted By abc123omg:
if you look around you tapco 30rders can be had for as little at 7$ each


Don't like 30 rounders...if I need that much lead going downrange, I'm calling in air support!
Twizter68  [Member]
3/22/2012 3:20:29 AM
Originally Posted By WTex:
Hey Twizter, steel mags are usuallly 100% reliable. I've never had 1 problem with them ever, but I friend of mine had a bad mag. Shoot them some more and see if you can narrow it down to 1, or maybe 2 of the steel mags. They are easy to take apart, clean them and lube them and they should work better. It is usually the plastic U.S. made AK mags that have problems.


This was all of my steelies...except the 30 rounder; I don't use it. I've stripped, cleaned and lubed them before and since, so we'll see what happens on range therapy day...
TheGrandIllusion  [Member]
3/22/2012 9:30:23 AM
I have had no problems with Tapco magazines. Great range mags and good for hiking since they're lighter