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carnestopher 11-10-2012 10:20 PM

AK magazines
Well, I think I told y'all a fib when I said I haven't had any issues with my new WASR 10/63. When I took it to the range the first time I was using my friend's Tapco magazines and they worked fine. Today when I loaded up the two steel magazines that came with the gun they were a bitch to top off. One of them was very difficult to get the last four or five into, the other was impossible to get more than 24 into.

SSGN_Doc 11-10-2012 10:23 PM

Sounds like a problem with the mags, not the WASR.

carnestopher 11-10-2012 10:26 PM

Should I just scrap the magazines or is there something I can do to salvage them? Once loaded, it's almost impossible to rack the slide and have it strip one out of the magazine. Also, there is VERY little room for bullet overhead when loading them (about 1mm for both) is this normal for AK mags?

SSGN_Doc 11-10-2012 10:38 PM

Have you taken them apart and looked at the springs and followers? Also check the inside of the mag bodies for rust or debris that could be hanging them up.

I'm not sure what you mean by "bullet overhead". Do you mean clearance between the tip of the bullet and the forward wall of the mag? There isn't usually a lot of space there. What type of ammo are you using? A different manufacturer, or bullet weight or style(fmj, sp, hp) may make a difference.

JonM 11-11-2012 12:39 AM

those are dipped in cosmoline before being shipped. they need to be stripped down and cleaned before use. i just got a wasr with the two mag thing and mine are all gummed up with that stuff

GaryGlock 11-11-2012 01:49 PM

Are they knew magazines? Springs just may need to be worked a little

carnestopher 11-11-2012 07:31 PM

I cleaned the cosmoline out and lightly lubed them and no dice. I just emailed the manufacturer so we'll see if the problem gets resolved.

carnestopher 11-11-2012 07:32 PM

Also one of the followers is really scratched up and obviously well-used.

carnestopher 11-12-2012 07:38 PM

Update from Century International Arms: new magazines will be shipped immediately! Their customer service was nothing short of exceptional.

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