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so I have 4 of these strange Ak 74 magazines that I cant identify and im hoping you all can help. they appear to be well made both light weight and durable with steel reinforced tops but what they are made out of stumps me. they are made out of some kind of red almost brick like material that's then painted over with a durable black paint. ive had these 4 mags for about 3 years and they've seen serious use but still chug along with nary a miss feed or issue of any kind. the material they are made of did wear down with the first handful of insertions into the gun but once the mags fit they no longer wear and they way the material wore down is strange. it came off as a red powder very similar texture to chalk or brick dust. the only marks any where on these mags are the numbers 50 or 78 (two of them are marked 50 and the other two are 78) written in white. ive examined them closely and no other marks are present any where else. I did manage to find 4 more of these in the market place section of the forum just the other day and bought em. these appear to be the same mags except these ones have stickers on them saying "made in Bulgaria".

id like to know what the story is behind these magazines and also what they heck they are made of. any ideas?

the first 3 pics are the mags ive been using for the 3 years and the last pic is of the mags I just bought in the market place.










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-matt
 

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Sanitized Russian plums, imported by their military into Bulgaria before production of their own mags started in earnest. If you look closely, you may be able to see where the original arsenal marks were ground off.

They were primed with red then painted black. You can strip the paint off easily or use as is. Many will still have silver proof marks under the paint.
 

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interesting, i might be interested in stripping one just to see how thye look under the paint. whats the best way to strip the paint/primer without hurting the mag?

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Get some 'Citristrip' at the local hardware store.

I spray it on both side and wait a bit, overnight, what ever, and the paint will almost fall off.
 
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