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    Magazines: bakelite or glass-reinforced resins?

    I'm often confused by references to Bakelite as the material used in the AK magazines. When I was working with the Intel guys out at the NTC (I was OPFOR for a time), they stated that the red (sic) plastic or even the later steel-reinforced plum, and black 4th gen magazines were a GRP (glass-reinforced plastic). I haven't broken one down to know what the internal core looks like, but Bakelite has very low impact strength compared to ABS and other plastics used in military application.

    I've tried searching the Magazines threads but haven't stumbled onto this little jewel. Hootbro's reference indicates the AG4 material, which is my recollection. Are we just using the term interchangeably?

    Just curious- THANKS!
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    You're correct of course--it's AG-4.

    The American collectors' community will never stop calling anything red-- that isn't wood or steel--"Bakelite." Vendors follow the lead of the buyers.

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    Bakelite sounds a lot cooler anyways!
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    Even Russians and E Europeans call them "Bakelites" oddly, when its clearly not true Bakelite, just resembles it... Although I assume its to appeal to the US Market.

    I wonder what the soviets actually call them?

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    The basic composition is very similar to bakelite, but bakelite can be formed in many ways and is only sometimes reinforced with pulp. AG-S4 is a thermoset reinforced with glass fibers. It's made in sheets and laminated under high heat and pressure.

    The plums and later are polyamide and reinforced with glass fiber.
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