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671ar  [Member]
12/13/2008 1:25:18 AM EST
i had recently purchased a mak90 in .223, but only came w/5rounder. does anybody know what other ak magazine will fit? gunbroker has the originals but dang $$$



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jehu  [Member]
12/13/2008 3:18:25 AM EST
Thats got to be the best looking Mak stock I've ever seen.
coltaceguy  [Member]
12/13/2008 11:04:52 AM EST
I sold mine in the EE

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=7&f=123&t=613969

Expect to pay out the ass for them
671ar  [Member]
12/13/2008 12:59:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By coltaceguy:
I sold mine in the EE

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=7&f=123&t=613969

Expect to pay out the ass for them


oooook, and im not gonna pay outa the ass as u stated. thats why im looking for people who might have experience with other mags from other similar ak variants, met a guy at the range said the ak 74 mags will work, but still searchin
tangeant  [Member]
12/13/2008 3:22:40 PM EST
Look in pawnshops, gunshops most have a box-O-misc mystery mags if you ask, also gunshows most will toss them in a pile of reg AK mags.

I have a bunch of Norinco 223 mags and never paid more than $15 ea. Buy them when I find them. The prices people want for them on GB etc is outrageous...

Your 5 round mag will hold more if you trim the follower.
671ar  [Member]
12/13/2008 10:22:45 PM EST
thanks man my 5 rounder magically turned into a 10, he,he
bwk92sporter  [Member]
12/14/2008 8:50:15 AM EST
i have had great success using Bulgarian mags with a 10 inside a circle stamped on it. feeds correctly and reliably. i got mine here: http://www.copesdistributing.net/product_info.php?cPath=32_34&products_id=305

IM me if you have any questions, beautiful mak you got there.
671ar  [Member]
12/14/2008 1:44:56 PM EST
dang just ordered couple of stuff from copes, including the promag .223 30 round read on another forum recently that they will work, should be in the mail soon. will post results. but now that you mentioned the bulgarian will order some, thanks
671ar  [Member]
12/15/2008 1:04:37 AM EST
my pro mag came in today, but had to trim here and there for it to actually lock and feed properly, paitience and close inspection and filing got it to work, some pics with new hardware



bwk92sporter  [Member]
12/15/2008 9:04:31 AM EST
that is a really pretty mak, where may i ask did you get the stock set?
671ar  [Member]
12/15/2008 11:26:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By bwk92sporter:
that is a really pretty mak, where may i ask did you get the stock set?


thanks, thumbhole stock stock came w/rifle, upper lower wood hg bought from a friend, then i just cooked them over the gas stove then stained them myself. the upper hg you see just came in from copes distrubutors, gas tube steel ventilated handguard

Mak  [Team Member]
12/15/2008 1:42:21 PM EST
I sold all of my 5rd, 10rd, 14rd and 30 round Chinese mags here on the site. I was able to get Bulgarian .223 mags to work in my Chinese rifle when I had it by just filing a bit off to get the mag to clear the crosspin support.

Did the Promags actually work when shooting or are you just hand cycling the rounds?

I never liked the thumbhole stocks on Chinese AKs but that is one of the best ones I've seen.
671ar  [Member]
12/15/2008 5:53:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By Mak:
I sold all of my 5rd, 10rd, 14rd and 30 round Chinese mags here on the site. I was able to get Bulgarian .223 mags to work in my Chinese rifle when I had it by just filing a bit off to get the mag to clear the crosspin support.

Did the Promags actually work when shooting or are you just hand cycling the rounds?

I never liked the thumbhole stocks on Chinese AKs but that is one of the best ones I've seen.



yep i had to do a little filing also on the cross pin support so it will lock in place

i just hand cycled couple of empty shells need to go to the range, will post results

thumb holes are not to bad if you just add some hardware, it grew one me and glad i didnt get rid of it, not bad for $300 buckaroos
this is how she looked when i picked her up
Mak  [Team Member]
12/15/2008 6:01:24 PM EST
You won't know for sure if they will work until you actually fire it. I had that problem with some Bulgarian mags in a .223 Chinese AK. All would hand cycle, only half would cycle correctly when live firing.
bwk92sporter  [Member]
12/16/2008 10:20:21 PM EST
i found that when i bought the bulgi mags i have to fire the weapon 10 times or so and it stopped doing that (would fire but fail to load a new cartrige).
RAINBOW6  [Member]
12/16/2008 11:34:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By bwk92sporter:
i found that when i bought the bulgi mags i have to fire the weapon 10 times or so and it stopped doing that (would fire but fail to load a new cartrige). i took a close look at it and it shaved a little plastic off the lips of the mag, it has functioned perfectly since those initial 10 rounds.


Have a .223 Norinco I bought earlier this year, new unfired.

Took it to one of the gun shows and the european .223 mags I saw there would not work. Could not get Bulgarian mags to fit ,but then I did not try filing them to fit. The one Promag I used snapped into place tight no fitting required, but I did not get a chance to test fire it with the weapon. That will be the first order of business when it comes back from having some work done on it.

I understand that .223 followers that Robinson Arms was selling might work in combinaion with AK 74 mags.
bwk92sporter  [Member]
12/17/2008 9:42:25 AM EST
ive heard that bakelite ak74 mags work with a new follower and some mods, but the bulgi mags worked awesome in my bwk92. function is perfect now, it eats anything i put into it.
ak_ar_man  [Member]
12/22/2008 8:17:13 AM EST
Just buy some of the Arsenal 223 mags.
My Norinco 84 will accept and function with the original Norinco mags or the Arsenal 223 mags.

No modifications are needed for the Arsenal 223 mags to fit and function in your Norinco MAK90.
Mak  [Team Member]
12/22/2008 9:04:31 AM EST
Originally Posted By ak_ar_man:
Just buy some of the Arsenal 223 mags.
My Norinco 84 will accept and function with the original Norinco mags or the Arsenal 223 mags.

No modifications are needed for the Arsenal 223 mags to fit and function in your Norinco MAK90.


By Arsenal are you talking about Bulgarian circle 10 .223 mags sold by K-VAR. Just because they fit and worked in your rifle with no modifications doesn't mean they will fit in his and work. A blanket statement is not always correct.

I had about 20 of the black and OD green Bulgarian mags (sold by K-VAR). Some fit and worked without modification, some would not lock into the rifle without filing the back of the mag to miss the crosspin support, some would contact with the bolt on the feedlips. It all depends on the rifle and the mags. I kept the ones that worked and sold the ones that didn't. Just as several others have stated in prior posts.

Arsenal also redesigned the mags at least once as the original generation 1 mags would work in the milled .223 AK but would not always feed in all the Bulgarian stamped .223 AKs in the US market when the rifle was first introduced.


The Norinco mags are the best choice, Bulgarian mags were about 50% in my rifle. This has been covered repeatedly over the years. Some members were unable to get the Bulgarian mags to work at all reliably. The polymer mags are going to have variances in thickness of the material that may cause issues on the Chinese rifles. The metal Norinco mags will all have a standard thickness of material that will work with no problem in the Chinese rifles.
671ar  [Member]
1/3/2009 11:19:53 PM EST
just an update on the .223 pro mag for my norinco, went to the range loaded up 30 rounds of the .223 and shot 29 of them the last one did not feed, maybe just need to put some lube in the mag to loosen her up a bit
SickMAK90  [Member]
1/7/2009 9:10:30 PM EST
I will sell you a Bulgarian Circle 10 5.56 mag for 25$ shipped. It is brand new. Never used.
671ar  [Member]
1/8/2009 12:31:10 AM EST
sick mak you got a pm, thanks
sparky923  [Member]
3/22/2009 10:01:14 PM EST
BWK-92 with a Bulgy Circle 10



BWK-92 with a Robarms follower AK74 mag.


Just had to lengthen the magwell a bit. Crossbolt does not conflict.
Mach  [Team Member]
3/31/2009 4:43:12 AM EST
Keep looking in all the out of the way gun shops. many don't know the difference between a 7.62 and a .223 mag. I picked up 2 at a small shop for 430 out the door last November and they do come up on EE once in a while for a fair price.
Schwazche  [Member]
4/2/2009 6:21:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By 671ar:
just an update on the .223 pro mag for my norinco, went to the range loaded up 30 rounds of the .223 and shot 29 of them the last one did not feed, maybe just need to put some lube in the mag to loosen her up a bit


This is exactly what happens to me on my Norinco 84S-1. I've only hand-cycled the .223 ProMag but assume that there needs to be some modification of the follower..
AccuracyThruVolume  [Member]
4/2/2009 10:48:57 PM EST
Just keep looking and you'll gather a pile in time from mis-marked gun show vendors or private sellers.

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