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Posted: 1/10/2005 10:10:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 10:16:18 PM EDT by clean_cut]
Russian, Chinese, Romanian...which do you prefer.

And how essential is it for an AK owner to have one?

Speaking of mags, here is a Small Arms Review on AK mags.
www.smallarmsreview.com/june.htm



Let's see your AKs with drum mags!
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 10:15:19 PM EDT
Ok, I got one Romy one its a pain to load though, sometimes a feeding issue.

I seen some of the Chinese ones mess up before, but they re easy to load.

I wouldnt get a 2nd one but one is interesting, if I could get back my money I got in it I would sell it.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 10:24:37 PM EDT
Chinese drums are much, much easier to load than Russian/Romanian drums.

They're also harder to find and more expensive when you find them.

I suggest getting a Romanian drum to start with. They're cheap and readily available. If you decide you like it, then upgrade to a Chinese drum later. If you don't like it, then you're not out as much money.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 12:31:58 AM EDT
I am not sure wich is which , But which ever one takes 75 rounds and is loaded from flipping the back open do not get that one . I have seen three different ones pop open and dump ammo everywhere .
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 12:36:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Kodiak-AK:
I am not sure wich is which , But which ever one takes 75 rounds and is loaded from flipping the back open do not get that one . I have seen three different ones pop open and dump ammo everywhere .




Those are the Chinese ones.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 5:56:24 AM EDT
I have been using my Chinese drums (plural) for over a decade. I bought a few when they were $25 and have never had one pop open or have any trouble with them.

Another advantage is that you can load em and leave em indefinately without winding and weakening the spring. When you're ready, you just grab the pre-loaded drum, wind it 3 1/2 full turns and you're ready to go. You can't do that with a Romy or Rusky drum.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:51:50 AM EDT
+1 Chinese....
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 9:35:44 AM EDT
Seems to be all personal opinion - personally, I do not like the Chinese drums. I sold some on ebay a few months back - cheap.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 9:38:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Jicky:
+1 Chinese....



+2 chinese

Alot easier to load. And if you close them properly, they won't accidentally open on you.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 10:56:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2005 10:57:40 AM EDT by Ripcode]
I had the Chinese drum and it was easy to use.

How essential?? I don't have one anymore and I don't miss it.

(1) Drum will cost you between $65 to $100 depending on which one you buy.

You can buy (1) NEW 30-round mags for about $8-10 bucks. Less if you buy used.

Economics point to the magazine.

I also have more faith in a magazine for reliabilty over a drum magazine. YMMV.
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