What factory magazine mold numbers did the 85 and 86 Tula AKSU's issued with? I've been sorting though my pile of Tula plums and noticed I have the following molds - 5, 17, 18, 22, and 23.
That's what I thought, but figured I'd ask anyway. I did notice the earlier molds have significantly more embedded fibers within the plum plastic. Not sure what that means, but I thought perhaps manufacturing methods and material composition could have changed through various generations.Hootbro said:I would not get to wrapped up in magazine mold numbers to dated rifle production. Molds numbers were pushed in and out of production and sometimes recycled not in sequential order.
I would agree, talk about splitting hairs! I would imagine they where handed out with what ever magazines the armorer had on hand. I have no clue about Russian weapon logistics but, I would say rifles are probably shipped completly seperate from magazines and would have no bearing what so ever on the correctness of a completed rifle other than what was being mass produced at the time the rifle was built. Even then I would say it would be a crap shoot because you still see current model/series rifles being used with bakelite magazines. (unless they are still making bakelites..)Hootbro said:I would not get to wrapped up in magazine mold numbers to dated rifle production. Molds numbers were pushed in and out of production and sometimes recycled not in sequential order.
Interesting, I would have figured they where shipped seperate!!KMFDM said:When I have seen AK's new in the crates they were shipped this way:
10 ea. rifles with cleaning rods
10 cleaning kits
10 oil bottles
10 ammo pouches
10 log books