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Posted: 3/31/2006 6:21:50 PM EDT
how do I know if they are FN or STG or crapy mags?
What markings do I look for on the mags?
are they steel or aluminum?

Link Posted: 3/31/2006 7:16:08 PM EDT
I don't know. All my crappy, used, beaten up mags work fine, with US followers and baseplates.

not much of help, ain't it?
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 7:45:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 7:46:13 PM EDT by PRKsux]
For the most part FAL mags are like surplus AK mags, they all work. Steyr steel mags (made for the STG-58) have witness holes along the back, Belgians (steel also) do not. Mags that are really beat up may require a new spring however. The only aluminum mags I've heard of are Belgian but are tough to find. Not sure about markings as I don't pay much attention to that. Buy 'em now while they're still <$6 ea.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:20:04 PM EDT
The Belgians have a baked on paint finish and blued followers, possibly the Argies too. The Izzy mags are marked near the bottom, can't recall which side, with two Hebrew(?) characters. Pretty sure the Imbel mags are baked on enamel with parked followers. The Stg mags are parked.
Link Posted: 4/1/2006 5:40:48 AM EDT
Steyr also made alloy mags, I used to have a bunch of them. They are high quality but, like all aluminum alloy magazines, easily damaged. I've gone to all steel Steyr mags.
FAL mags are all good, I've heard of springs wearing out but never seen it personally.
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