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"Flatbacks" commonly used to describe the Chinese AK mag.Does anyone know how that got originated?
 

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Compare a Chi-Com mag and a east Euro mag and the Euro has a rib and on the back and the Chi-Com is comparatively flat...
 

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Just US collectors' jargon.

It's descriptive of the unique design of common Chinese mags, where the halves of the body are are spot-welded together to form a flat back edge instead of a raised spine as on common European mags.
 

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Omega7.62 said:
Compare a Chi-Com mag and a east Euro mag and the Euro has a rib and on the back and the Chi-Com is comparatively flat...
I know about the difference on the details of mags.I was just wondering how the mag got coined flatbacks.
It just sounds lame.I don't remember anyone ever calling them that before the panic.
 

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They are also called "Chinese Spineless" mags, which is actually more accurate, but I think considered somewhat degrading by some. If you can actually insult an AK mag?

Note that the Chinese mags have a rib running down their back side.

There is a version with NO RIB on the back that does actually fits the "flatback" name better.
 
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