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Posted: 5/11/2003 5:52:48 PM EDT
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 6:05:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 7:16:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/11/2003 7:16:38 PM EDT by blazeone]
Yes the smooth floor plate is rarer.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 6:28:05 AM EDT
rw66 Are the bakelite mags 7.62x39 ? If so are you willing to sell one?
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 7:25:59 AM EDT
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 10:05:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/13/2003 12:26:07 AM EDT 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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