Traditional AK magazines, regardless of whether they were standard 30-round models, 75-round drums or 20-round “tankers,” were made of steel and extremely durable. The Russians did, in later years, use red-orange Bakelite magazine bodies for their AK-74s, and the Bulgarians developed their black polymer and steel AK-47 magazines with a distinctive waffle pattern. Military-surplus magazines are still available at reasonable prices, but several American manufacturers are now also producing new and interesting AK magazines and accessories. Here are some interesting choices.

For more information on the AK magazines featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.

AIM Surplus

Apex Gun Parts


Century Arms

Gibbs Rifle Company

IO Inc.



Rock River Arms


U.S. Palm

This article was originally published in ‘AK-47 & Soviet Weapons’ 2017. For information on how to subscribe, visit

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