Korean AK-47 Steel Magazine

I recently bought a Zastava N-PAP AK-47 rifle. And I love it!! It came with 2 magazines, a steel unknown manufacture and a Tapco polymer magazine. Both magazines are 30 round capacity. Anyway I wanted to get a few more magazines to see how they perform and how they’re made.

I bought 3 extra AK-47 magazines online, one Romanian, one Korean and one Croatian. The Romanian magazine is surplus and slightly used but the other 2 are new unused magazines.

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From left to right…Korean, Croatian and Romanian.

Here is the Korean 30 round AK-47 magazine

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Here is the top portion. It’s all steel with some type of metal finish. It’s not blued or painted but maybe gray parkerized. The Korean magazine is slightly lighter in weight than the Croatian and Romanian mags but still feels solid. The spot welds on the sides are evenly spaced and numerous. The top or feed lip area is reinforced with very heavy gauge steel.

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The bottom of the Korean AK-47 magazine is nicely stamped steel with a decent floor plate. It’s certainly not the thickest cover but not foil-like either.

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You can see the side spot welds here. They are evenly spaced and numerous. This magazine should never come apart.

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Here are the feed lips and follower. It appears very well made and heavy duty. Welds look good and deep. There are some sharp edges though.

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The locking lug is super sturdy and welded properly. The back ridge is securely spot welded.

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Another view of the back ridge.

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Here is the inside front of the Korean AK-47 magazine showing the numerous spot welds.

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Another shot of the magazine hook and its welds.

I find this Korean AK-47 magazine well made. It’s not the best that I have seen but it is not junk. I have not tested it in my AK-47 yet. If it proves to be a reliable feeder, it’s a real sleeper at $7.50.

I read several threads on gun forums and these magazines were criticized highly and considered “cheap” and “junk”. After I test them in my AK, we’ll see if these comments are true.

11/3/14 Update: I took the Korean AK-47 magazine to the range with my NPAP AK-47. I loaded it with 4 different brands of ammo…Red Army Standard, Wolf, Tulammo and some white box lacquer coated ammo. The Korean magazine fits my Zastava perfectly…very little mag wabble. So how does it feed??? 100% perfectly. It’s 100% reliable so far.

Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator Bullets

History of Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator

Lehigh Defense XP Penetrator Bullets

After the success of their Maximum Expansion bullets (which provided a devastating wound channel with reduced risk of over penetration) and Controlled Fracturing bullets (one of the most unique projectiles ever designed), Lehigh Defense decided to focus on innovating and updating the design of one of the late Elmer Keith’s creations, the hard cast Semi-Wad Cutter.

The original SWC Keith bullet filled a niche early on as it helped hunters face dangerous game with penetration measured in feet instead of inches. Unfortunately, the early copper-jacketed lead core hunting bullets that were in use at the time, often delivered less than ideal performance, as they:

· disintegrated upon contact with tough shoulder bone

· were unable to withstand the high velocity of the Magnum Cartridges at close range

· failed to expand enough at greater distances to produce a significant would hole

While the SWC wasn’t a perfect bullet, it was an improvement over the copper-jacketed lead core bullets, striking a balance between good penetration and respectable terminal performance (probably the reason it’s still with us today). That’s why, in 2011, Lehigh Defense started to innovate and update the design.

To overcome the limitations of the SWC Keith bullet, Lehigh Defense decided to design a bullet that would never break apart upon contact with a shoulder bone, one with sufficient length for straight line penetration, but less weight than a conventional hard cast lead bullet.

In the Spring of 2014, after 3 long years of development, Lehigh Defense released the Xtreme Penetrator (XP), a next generation bullet that looks mean and delivers a high level of terminal performance (which is easily confirmed upon witnessing a test fire into 10% ballistic gel).

Ultimately, the XP has exceeded all early design expectations. The “X” nose design is as wide as a traditional SWC design, but the cut-out flutes on the sides and top reduce the surface area enough to allow it to penetrate deeper but maintain higher velocity during penetration.

Since the XP bullet is lead-free, it is significantly lighter than leaded counterparts, which results in less recoil and increased velocities with equal powder charges. The XP design delivers plenty of penetration and unbelievable terminal performance while maintaining 100% of its original weight (regardless of what it comes into contact with).

With looks to kill and performance that does just that, the XP has become Lehigh’s recommended go-to bullet for functionality and design in a single bullet. Visit Lehigh Defense to learn more about the Xtreme Pentrator and all of their innovative projectiles.

See the Xtreme Penetrator in action at:

.380 ACP Lehigh Defense XP Penetrator Ballistic Gel Test Video

Quality Steel Reinforced Polymer AK-47 Magazines from Toth Tool

USA made steel reinforced polymer AK-47 magazines from Toth Tool & Engineering, LLC.

Looking for an alternative to the $45 Bulgarian polymer AK-47 magazine?

The Toth Tool & Engineering AK-47 magazines could be it. And at $25 each. And made in USA.

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They’re steel reinforced where needed like the feed lips and bolt. Lighter than steel and almost as strong and much more durable.

Watch this video review and test of the Toth Tool AK-47 magazine.

Tapco AK-47 Magazine Test and Review Video

I hear a lot of people do not like Tapco AK-47 magazines. Are they bad? Cheaply made? Unreliable? Break easily?

Tapco makes polymer magazines for AK, AR and other semiautomatic rifles. The reinforced polymer is strong and corrosion proof. They feature a heavy duty spring that insures every round will feed reliably.

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Lets see how the Tapco AK-47 and AK-74 polymer magazines hold up to some abuse. Watch this magazine test and draw your own conclusions.

Matra AK-47 Steel Magazines

Matra Company out of Banja Luka, Bosnia is manufacturing high quality steel AK-47 magazines. And if that isn’t good enough news then listen to this….the price is under $20 each.

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Matra magazines are made from heavy gauge sheet metal and almost hand made by humans. This is not a high volume manufacturing plant but a quality product plant.

Here is how Matra manufactures AK-47 magazines.

Steel Cased Ammo from Barnaul Cartridge Producing Plant

The more I read about steel cased ammo the more I’m intrigued by it. The JSC Barnaul Machine Tool Plant is one of the largest ammunition plant’s in the world. They do not product garbage nor cheap ammunition as some would lead you to believe. Barnaul is actually pretty high tech. Steel cases require tighter tolerances than brass. Brass cases are more forgiving and easier to work with.

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They primarily produce military ammunition and shotshells. They strive to product the highest quality ammunition at a very affordable price. The quality of Barnaul ammunition is regulated and certified by the International Quality System ISO-9001.

Barnaul takes great pride in their products and offers a replacement or money back guarantee on their ammunition. It the ammunition fails to perform as they certify and you have fired no more than 20 rounds from a 40 round order or 10% of a larger order, return the ammunition with original packaging and receive either a replacement or a full refund.

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Here is what Barnaul Guarantees:

  • It will chamber correctly in a maintained and well constructed firearm
  • It will perform in accordance with pressure and velocity tables published
  • Have a shelf life of not less than 10 years (25 years for military ammo)
  • Dispersion group of 50 rounds not to exceed published figures (accuracy) 7.62×39 hollow point = 3.15″ at 100 meters.

Now lets talk about steel cases. So why steel cases? Is it just the cost?

NOPE….cost is not the only reason Barnaul uses steel cases.

Here are the reasons or advantages of steel cases

  • Cost of raw materials
  • Increased internal case dimensions
  • Decreased pressures
  • Stronger cases
  • Larger safety margin
  • External coating reduces wear
  • Lower operating temperatures

Barnaul uses bimetal bullets in their ammunition. The bullet jacket is specially designed and manufactured from low-carbon steel. It is coated with copper and then double heat treated. These bimetal bullets look and behave like copper jacketed bullets.

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Barnaul uses low smoke propellants specially formulated for steel cases. These powders or propellants deliver lower pressure combustion with consistent burn rates.