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Posted: 10/7/2004 12:03:16 PM EDT
I'm looking for the front loader type... I can't seem to find anyone selling one... Who made them? I am quessing that all Romanian made are top loading and Chinese made front loading... But I am not sure on that.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 12:32:54 PM EDT
yes china back loading, romy russian top loaders. Put a ad in the equipment exchange,I see them for sale quite regularily
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 1:53:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 1:54:58 PM EDT by TheRealSundance]
Check the EE regularly. Two Chicoms were for sale last night.

ETA: Here you go www.ak47.net/forums/topic.html?b=7&f=123&t=227740
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 3:08:31 PM EDT
Looks like $90 is the average price on them... Are they much better than the top loaders or does it really matter?
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 3:25:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hatchet36:
Looks like $90 is the average price on them... Are they much better than the top loaders or does it really matter?

Worth the extra $ IMHO. The Chinese back loading allows you to simply drop the rounds in. The mag's spring is not under any stress until you are ready to fire and wind it up. If you decide not to empty the mag, simply depress the spring pressure release button. (I almost said "whatchamacallit" there)

The Romanians are probably a pain in the ass to load. Every round has to be pushed in from the top, while loaded the spring is under constant pressure.


Link Posted: 10/7/2004 3:50:49 PM EDT
The back loading would be much better thats for sure. Last longer and be much easier to load. I plan on picking one up soon.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:01:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 7:12:50 PM EDT
Damn... I should have asked this question before ordering a romanian... Oh well...
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 12:44:08 PM EDT
Chinese drum- Be extra careful when depressing the center mag spring release button (whatchamacallit) to release the spring tension. Most of those have a very sharp edge and when spinning will do a nice job of slicing your finger tip.

Romanian drum- These are made of a heavier gauge steel than the Chinese. May last longer. They seem less... 'chintzy'. I load mine while watching tv. Does'nt seem like much of a chore that way. At the range I will reload the Chinese drums and just empty the Romo's once.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 12:57:09 PM EDT
will a standard lula work with a romanian drum?
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 1:31:08 PM EDT

They have a lever on the front that you have to depress for each round loaded. So you push the lever, drop a round in, let the lever return, rinse, repeat. 75 times. You'll be able to do pullups with your thumbs after the 3rd or 4th time you do it.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 1:43:59 PM EDT

There goes that idea!
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 4:21:36 PM EDT
Just loaded a romanian for the first time. My thunb hurts. Took 1/10 the time to load the chinease after.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 7:30:22 PM EDT
In my search for a Chinese drum I find that they range from $90 to $150... or even higher at some web sites! I'm willing to go $90 but....
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