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Hey everyone, I'm new to AK's and just ordered my first batch of mags for the rifle I'm waiting on. I ordered some supposedly "newish" East German mags from what-a-country. Paid more than I wanted to for surplus mags but it seems like prices have jumped as of late, and I wasn't finding anything in stock for under $15.00. Figured I'd spend a few bucks more and get a cool piece of history and hopefully nicely crafted mags!

Anyway curious to hear others opinions/experiences on mags from East Germany...
 

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You can't go wrong with those. Like all EG AK stuff, the precision of assembly and, especially, the exterior finish are second to none.

The obvious next step will be to acquire an EG AKM- or AK74-type rifle to go with them.
 

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I keep my 7 or 8 E.German separate from all the rest of my mixed variety as my "Bug-out/SHFT" mags. I'm not good at ID'ing mags so I got them quarantined as my known higher-quality mags. I picked 'em up off of What-A-Country too.

That site is like the unsung hero of milsurp.
 

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Good mags. I don't think they're better or worse then any other surplus mag from that era

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So they came in just as I was leaving for work, I took a quick look and was really surprised at how clean the welds looked! The Germans never fail in craftsmanship...

Anybody have any background knowledge on markings that may show what year or where they were manufactured?
 

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Can you post some pics? A few other vendors have misused that "East German" term to mean any former Warsaw pact country surplus mags and not necessarily true East German.
 

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AFAIK, nothing beats German engineering. Ask any US product manufacturer.Their machines are either German. Dutch, Swiss, or Italian.
 

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Great quality as long as the mags are in good condition. Polish ones are excellent as well.
 

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I’ll throw some pics up later today after work. There are a few markings on there, the spot welds also seem distinctive. I got some new condition polish mags coming. I’ll do some comparison photos too. The EG mags fit very well in my rifle for what it’s worth.
 

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I recently ordered five EG 7.62x37 blued mags from What A Country. They were described as being in very good condition, but all were new and unused, with only tiny rubs in the finishes here and there. Shipping was fast. The mags were delivered free of external grease and dirt, in individual plastic sleeves. These are really nice!
 

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Good mags. I don't think they're better or worse then any other surplus mag from that era

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Functionally, I agree. However, they are crafted and finished cleaner than say Romanian or Soviet mags. No sloppy welds or finishes. To be fair, Polish and Hungarian phosphate steel magazines are also pretty clean in that regard.
 

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Between my Hungarian and German..

I'd pick the German.

All of the ones I got were awesome super nice.....

Great times in the 90s...

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