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12/6/2019 7:27:02 PM
Posted: 3/6/2005 3:54:55 PM EST
What did I Have?,
My friend gave me a box of gun stuff to sell at the club swap and shop. He told me the stuff was all junk and to get rid of it at any price. In the bottom of the box was a brownish mag case with three cells and two side pouches. There were four rusted mags full of sand in the pouch. Two had rounded backs. I think they are Chinese. He was needing the money due his divorce. The third mag was an ordinary looking rib back and the fourth was a rib back with spot welds along the top of the feed lips. I sold the third and fourth mags and bought the Chi-Com mags for myself. The pouch didn't sell at $2. When I called him to tell him how much money I had, he told me his brother in law brought the mags back from Iraq!
Thanks,
Sparky1
Link Posted: 3/7/2005 7:37:54 AM EST
More Info,
Well, I made up my mind to keep the pouch. The pouch was really soiled so I put it in the washer. When it was finished washing the pouch turned out to be a light green color. The color is on the back and under the covered areas. It must have spent a lot of time in the sun!
Thanks,
Sparky1
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 9:37:19 AM EST
Where are the mag experts on this forum?
Sparky1
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 2:30:57 PM EST
Most of the rounded backs are probably chicom, the ribbacks could be Romanian or Eastern German or Hungarian for that matter. It's a matter of which country supplied the Iraqi's with the stuff. Romania sold Iraq lots of small arms, so did the former DDR Not to mention China.

Ribback magazines are pretty common and not of a unique design that mark them from a certain country or mfg. Unless there are proofmarks on the mags identifying them will be one hell of a job.

Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:45:37 PM EST
Kuiper,
Thanks for the post and the good info. I was mostly wondering about the mag with the spot welds on top of the feed lips. I have never seen one like it. It sounds like the mags could have come from anyplace.
Thanks Again,
Sparky1
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