I was wondering if anyone has the weights handy for regular 30-rd AK mags and the Bulgarian waffle mags? I handled both at a recent gun show, and couldn't tell. If there's a difference, it must be slight.
I am still looking for the AK I want, so I haven't bought one yet, and the prices at the show for mags weren't all that hot, so I'm waiting til I get the gun.
2-4 oz difference doesn't seem like a lot, til you multiply it by 6-10 mags...
You talking AK47 or 74 mags?
Steel Vs. plastic? Bakelite Vs plastic?
not much difference in weight. Sheetmetal mags are all stamped from thin metal. Bakelite mags are molded thick with a thin metal frame inlaid for support on the major load-bearing points.
Steel AK-47 versus plastic.
A poster over at another board gave me the info he had; said he weighed them himself...
Entire Mag__12.3 oz.______9.8 oz.______8.8 oz.
Mag body___8.6 oz______6.1 oz.______6.0 oz.
Follower____1.3 oz._____1.3 oz.______0.5 oz.
End-cap_____0.4 oz.______0.4 oz.______0.5 oz.
Spring with___2.0 oz.______2.0 oz.______1.8 oz.
First column is steel AK-47 mag, 2nd is plastic waffle mag with metal follower, third is plastic waffle mag with plastic follower.
This is what I had from personal experience. I had the same question myself. The waffles are lighter. There are apparently 2 types of Bulgarian Waffle mags out there, one with a metal follower and one with a plastic one. I have purchased these two types anyway. This makes up 1 oz. of weight difference. I have also heard of a waffle with a plastic end cap, which may not save much more.
I have not weighed the Norinco or chinese type mags, but they seemed lighter to me then the waffle mags.