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    I stopped by my local shop the other day, and was surprised to find out they had just taken in a Norinco bakelite 7.62X39 magazine on trade.

    They knew I'd like to see it (as I had hounded the owner about bringing his personal one to the store so I could see his), so they kept it in the back until I came by. I had recently bought a new AK, which has a triangle styled side folder with bakelite furniture for the forend and pistol grip. I had mentioned at the time that a bakelite mag would make the rifle "perfect."

    The problem is not finding a bakelite AK mag, but finding one in 7.62x39. The 5.45X39 mags are plentiful, and relatively inexpensive. But the 7.62 mags are pricey, and very rare.

    Well, I was looking it over in the store, and it looked very nice. However I wanted to make sure it would "snap in" easily to a rifle, so I grabbed one of their WASRs off the shelf. It would start going in, then get stuck in the magwell. It did snap in finally, but then it wouldn't come out. Geez... Either the mag is out of spec from abuse or the "WASR strikes again!" He pulled out a Norinco AKM from the back (NOT for sale) and had me try it in it. SNAP, right in. Perfect fit.

    I was told to go ahead and take it home, and make sure it fits in my AKs before I bought it. So I did!

    Here's the mag:




    Here are some closeups of the markings near the base:




    I could not wait to get home, open up the safe, and slap in that beautiful bakelite mag into the bottom of my side folder. Unfortunately, I realized the colors might not be spot-on as I slapped it home. I went ahead and took some pictures, to see if the difference was really that bad, or if it was just the light.

    Here's the rifle with new mag inserted:





    And a closeup of just the bakelite furniture:



    The colors look pretty good in the pics, but in person the mag looks more brown.

    I did some looking on the web, and found the Russian bakelites come in either "brown", or "red" bakelite. I think the red Russian mag would be the best match, so I did a quick search to see if I could find one for sale. Unfortunately there was only one I could find, and they were asking $300. Yes, that's right, $300 DOLLARS. Unreal...

    I think I might keep this mag to use in my original Norinco with wood furniture, and keep looking for a red Russian for my sidefolder.
    Last edited by jwise; 02-21-2008, 06:03 PM.
    J. Wise

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    I sold one of those for $60.00 a year ago.

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    • #3
      Nice Find!!!!
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      • #4
        damn i found a case of those in afghaniland, i could have brought them back..

        anyone want some unissued soviet grenade pouches?
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        • #5
          I don't think even a case of these would be worth a court-marshall.
          J. Wise

          AR-15 - AK-47 - NFA Trusts - My Pick - Carry Guns - 1911s

          "Some say you can tell how the world stands by the prices of AK-47s...." Chit2001

          Any comments contained herein regarding the legality of firearms, or the application of law, are strictly applicable to Texas. If you live in CA, NY, IL, MA, D.C., etc., the above comments will probably shock you, and should be read for educational purposes only. Most likely nothing I write will apply to you.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jwise View Post
            I don't think even a case of these would be worth a court-marshall.
            mags werent a problem, live munitions, porn, incendiaries and weapons were..

            i do have a bakelite AK Bayonet tho..
            In the end we're all just chalk lines on the concrete drawn only to be washed away, for the time that I've been given, I am what I am. I'd rather you hate me for everything I am, Than have you love me for being something that Im not

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            • #7
              I ordered a Russian Tula bakelite magazine which was supposed to be "red" in color. I paid a bit more, but wanted one that matched.

              Here's what I got in the mail today!

              Russian "Tula" 7.62X39 magazine:





              Here it is next to the Norinco:



              And here's the triangle-folder with Russian magazine inserted:



              And for grins, here's both my triangle sidefolder and my Norinco AKM-47S next to each other, both fitted with bakelite mags:




              While the Russian mag isn't exactly the color shade I was hoping for, it is authentic, so I can't be too upset now can I?

              The mag doesn't seat as well as the Norinco, but it might wear in a bit.
              J. Wise

              AR-15 - AK-47 - NFA Trusts - My Pick - Carry Guns - 1911s

              "Some say you can tell how the world stands by the prices of AK-47s...." Chit2001

              Any comments contained herein regarding the legality of firearms, or the application of law, are strictly applicable to Texas. If you live in CA, NY, IL, MA, D.C., etc., the above comments will probably shock you, and should be read for educational purposes only. Most likely nothing I write will apply to you.

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              • #8
                Hey, you are an AR expert, what are you doing with those AK's!

                I expect prompt forwarding of all/any AK's you have in your possession to my FFL immediately! In return you will receive an official compliance letter advising that you have satisfied these demands.
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                • #9
                  I'm an equal opportunity gun collector/shooter.

                  I have Glocks AND 1911s, too!
                  J. Wise

                  AR-15 - AK-47 - NFA Trusts - My Pick - Carry Guns - 1911s

                  "Some say you can tell how the world stands by the prices of AK-47s...." Chit2001

                  Any comments contained herein regarding the legality of firearms, or the application of law, are strictly applicable to Texas. If you live in CA, NY, IL, MA, D.C., etc., the above comments will probably shock you, and should be read for educational purposes only. Most likely nothing I write will apply to you.

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                  • #10
                    the new mag looks like it would actually match the fold stock one a bit better..hard to tell from the pics i guess tho..
                    In the end we're all just chalk lines on the concrete drawn only to be washed away, for the time that I've been given, I am what I am. I'd rather you hate me for everything I am, Than have you love me for being something that Im not

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