As I often do, and not too long ago, I purchased a couple of guns and a bunch of gun accessories & parts from a Hessney Auction Company auction. Among the items I most recently acquired from them were several AK-47 magazines. I buy em either to keep for my own AK-47s or to sell at gun shows. I do that not so much to make profit but mostly for my own amusement. I usually like having a table at any given show I attend to offload firearms related things which I no longer need or want. While it is nice to make a profit, I often sell items at cost or a bit below cost. Those that I sell at or below cost are often ones I have used but no longer have a use for or simply just did not like for whatever reason. Those that I sell for a profit are most often sold at a minimal gain and are assuredly lower priced than any sold by other dealers at the shows. Yep, you can still find good bargains at gun shows if you look, at least at my tables.
I digress, so let me get bag to the topic of this rant.
One of the magazines I got from the last auction in which I bid was a rather odd AK-47 magazine, a mystery magazine if you will. At least it is unique in my experience and I have not been able to find an example of it online. I have made several online searches trying to find out where it was manufactured but have run into a brick wall so to speak.
It is larger than a standard 30 round AK mag but not as large as 40 round AK mags that I own, it was offered in the auction as a 35 round AK mag; I have not yet tried to load it to capacity but that seems about right. It has a dull gray phosphate finish, there are no markings stamped into the metal, the welds look very different than any others I have ever seen on an AK mag - at least those on the spine along the back of the magazine. Other welds are virtually invisible, this is a well finished magazine. There are many welds on the spine, they are uniformly spaced and very small; there also are two, one near the top and the other near the bottom of the spine, that look more like tiny rivets or at least that are indented on one side and protrude on the other. The rear lug at the top of the mag also has very unique looking welds, they appear as three evenly spaced small holes on each side of the lug. There is a hole near the bottom of the mag body on the right side of the magazine back. The protrusion on the mag follower is rounded at the rear and somewhat pointed at the front end.
As I said, it is a mystery magazine to me. What I an hoping is that one of my more knowledgeable readers might know the origins of it.
So, if you are an AK magazine aficionado, take a look at the below photos and let me know what you think:
All the best,