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Got a question for all you AK magazine specialists out there. I recently purchased a NIW MAgazine from GB...

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =105310301

It showed up the other day and I had immediate concerns regarding it's
authenticity. I've read a few times that with Chinese mags, there are countless varying characteristics due to plant of manufacture, year made, etc.
I do have a couple of real polytech, chrome follower mags as well as some regular "plain Jane" chinese mags. Besides the chrome follower, this "new magazine" has the characteristics of the regular cheap chinese
mags:
- only one round count hole in the back
- no writing or country of origin stamp on floor plate
- even the sheen of the chrome follower is somewhat dull
compared to my Poly's.

Did the Chinese, or more specifically, Polytech manufacture mags with these exact features? Or is this mag a feeble attempt at "cloning" a true Polytech mag?

I just want to poll you guys and see what you think, I haven't removed it from the wrapper yet, and am awaiting word from the seller if he will let me return it.
 

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I have a handfull of Chinese mags and have never had a problem what so ever. Ran thousands of rounds through them so far..no hickups at all...
 

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I've got a few Chinese mags.. :lol: :lol: :lol: .... I've never had ANY problems with Flatback...Poly....or Norinco Bakelite mags. I've shot 1000's of rounds with them...

You didn't get ripped at all. They look like nice Chrome Poly mags - *If* they are the real deal.
 

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Polytech mags

Danbo,
To actually address your question, true poly tech mags have the words "POLY CHINA" on the base plate and 3 "round count" holes on the back side. They could have blued or chrome followers. In my opinion you did get ripped paying $62 for a standard run of the mill Chinese mag that someone has added a chromed follower to. Back in the mid '90s when Poly chrome follower mags were beginning to fetch a premium, there was a rash of regular Chinese mags at the shows, just like you're descibing. Someone was taking standard mags apart and having the followers chromed. They were even drilling the extra holes in the back sometimes, and trying to pass them off as Poly mags. The giveaway was the poor chrome job and the blank base plate. What you have there is a $15 Chinese mag with a fancy follower. As far as function, in the rifle you'll never know the difference, but you should be able to buy 4 of those mags for that price.
 

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Would you believe Poly Tech used to sell the chromed followers? I remember them selling for $3.95 each, about 6 years ago.

They were a cheap "flash" chrome job, no real substance.








With the Chinese, "If you'll buy it, we'll make it!"
 

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If they are an attempt at a Poly mag using a regular Chinese mag as the starting point, then I think it was too high $. It sounds like it was from what you describe. Since you have an original Poly mag to compare, it sounds like a "clone" attempt.

Some Poly mags didnt have the "Poly" stamp on the floorplate, but the other differances sound like enough to me.
 

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The Poly mags I used to have said "MADE IN CHINA" on the floorplates, and the chrome followers were shiny like the bumper on a 58 Plymouth.
 
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