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Posted: 5/11/2003 4:52:48 PM EST
In sorting out my collection for my new gun room, I ran across several Soviet made bakelite mags I picked up several years ago for $20 each (the good old days)- 6 are regular Izhevsk, 1 is a Tula. Here's my question - the floorplate on the Tula is smooth without the stamped indentions that are common on most AK mags, is this just a standard Tula mag or a rarer type?
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 5:05:56 PM EST
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 6:16:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/11/2003 6:16:38 PM EST by blazeone]
Yes the smooth floor plate is rarer.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 5:28:05 AM EST
rw66 Are the bakelite mags 7.62x39 ? If so are you willing to sell one?
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 6:25:59 AM EST
The flat floor plate is from an early slabside mag. How it got there is the question, although I have seen them on AKM mags before.

Link Posted: 5/12/2003 9:05:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/12/2003 11:26:07 PM EST by chamberlin]
Brick, the flat floor plate from the slab side
mag is completely different from the early bakelite's flat floorplate.

The bakelite version has rounded corners and radiused edges (folded upwards) whereas the slabside is a relatively
squarish/flat cut.

These early flat bottomed bakelite .30 cal mags are not impossible to find, but I would definately say they are harder to locate than the later style bakelites with the corrugated base plates (which are relatively rare in and amongst themselves!).
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