TAPCO Smooth Side AK-47 Magazines

TAPCO magazine

TAPCO is making a smooth-sided version of the company’s INTRAFUSE AK-47 magazine.  The mags hold 30 rounds of 7.62×39 ammunition and are modeled after the Bulgarian steel magazines that have a similar appearance.

The magazines are polymer with an anti-tilt follower.  TAPCO calls these magazines “low drag.”  They should probably get Rick Taylor to promote them.

These magazines count as three 922r compliance parts:  body, floorplate and follower.  MSRP is $14.99, which is $4.99 more than the original INTRAFUSE magazine with a “high drag” pattern.

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  • Man, I’ll be honest, I’ve always loved the slab-sided design of the AK bakelite mag, to the point of wishing someone made that style for AR mags, just cus I love it so much.

    • Lolinski


      I havent bought a AK yet because of that. The 74 has the cool mag and common ammo while the 47 has the powerfull round and the less cool mag.

      • Curious_G

        74 has common ammo? That is news to me.

        • lolinski

          Here in Norway you can buy a AK in .223/5.56 and .223 is much more common than 7.62×39.

          • Curious_G

            I guess you said AK74 which means 5.45 typically.

        • n0truscotsman

          really? not only is it common but it is very inexpensive.

          screw 223.

          • Curious_G

            I guess I don’t see that much 5.45×39mm where I am. Plenty of 7.63.x39.

          • n0truscotsman

            i see a lot of 5.45 in the local gun stores even though it is cheaper to buy it online.

            Hornady is even producing accurate 5.45mm ammunition. I think of it as the “new” 7.62×39: it is cheap, easily obtainable, and US companies will be attracted to manufacturing it. Now that Izhmash is looking at producing ammunition, we should see more in the future.

  • -V-

    I wish they put metal rear locking tabs on these guys. I just don’t have that much faith in a plastic locking tab holding up for anything other then casual range use.

    • kalashnikev

      They know that too- these aren’t made for serious biz. I can just look at the “grain” in the polymer and tell that these are not made from the correct material also.

    • n0truscotsman

      youre right to not have that much faith.

      From my experience, tapco and promag are junk for precisely that reason.

  • claymore

    The original AK-47 came with a smooth sided metal mag from the get go. You can find them in the states after a lot of looking and paying huge prices. Or go to many foreign countries where there is conflict and buy them cheap on the open market. OR trade your ribbed mags to the locals one for one. But the metal ones are fragile the sides dent in fairly easily that is why the went to ribbed.

    • Lolinski

      I hope this isn’t too dirty but:

      I thought the went with ribbed for greater pleasure(or for increased reliability and comfort?)

  • Poopfeast420

    Great TAPCO, now make them for the 74. I really don’t like having to pay $50 (these days) for bulgy circle 10s.

    • n0truscotsman

      I remember when Izhmash Russians were 40-60 on KVAR.

      No other magazine for the AK74 holds a candle to them, not even Bulgys (and those are awesome mags).

  • Mike

    I have some and they have held up well. they also fit tighter then my earlier model tapco mags no wobble.

  • n0truscotsman


    i see you neglected to put steel lips on the magazine and a steel locking tab.


    Seriously. the bakelite mags had them. and the polymer mags also do.

    What is their deal!?

    • John

      Polish Radom polymer mags don’t have any steel reinforcement.

      • n0truscotsman

        and i dont put them in my AK

        • Jim


  • ed

    if only theyd listen to their costomers and make 5.45 mags.

    • Suburban

      Tapco makes AK-74 magazines. I’ve got some. Unless you mean 5.45mm AR-15 magazines?

  • John

    These mags are completely identical to the Polish Radom polymer mags. I held one up to the image on this page and aside from what’s printed on the side of the magazines there is literally no difference.

    • I have one of the Radom polymer mags and while it’s very similar, there are differences in the rear lug. Still no metal reinforcement though, but from what I understand this is the case on the military Beryl 5.56 mags as well. Still think steel locking lugs and feed lips are a good idea.

      • John

        Yeah, I took another look at my Radoms, and they have a small protrusion about 1mm above the rear locking tab, but that’s the only difference i could see.

        The reasoning (that I can figure) for no steel reinforcement is the general military mindset that magazines are disposable and, going with that line of thinking, steel feed lips would be deemed an unnecessary expense for something that, in the field, you’re going to shoot through once, drop, and forget about.

        • What military has mags as a “disposable” item?? You don’t just drop the mags after you’re out of ammo or throw them away. Ammunition resupply is not given in the form of crates of fully loaded mags. Mags are a wear item and are expendable- but to think that a mag is just something disposable you use once and throw away is basically saying the same thing as:
          “I will tell you, these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them- the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will be shot and there won’t be any more available.”

          • John

            “You don’t just drop the mags after you’re out of ammo or throw them away.”

            In combat you do.

        • n0truscotsman

          that still doesnt make much sense.

          Putting in steel pieces into a polymer magazine is something that is cheap and simple.

          tapco just refuses to do it despite countless letters from customers telling them to fix their act.

          Its asinine that nobody makes a magazine in the states as good as the combloc surplus magazines for the AK74. Ill keep asking and picking palm usas brain though.

          • Hah! The US Palm mags are not even close in quality to Russian or Bulgarian mags. I love their pistol grip but the “metal reinforcement” in their mags is laughable compared to combloc military designs. And John, people don’t just drop mags in combat all the time. There are times when you would, like in an emergency reload, but otherwise you retain your mags and fill them with more ammo later. That’s why people have dump pouches.

          • n0truscotsman

            i know it. 🙁

            Nobody makes mags like the Russians and Bulgarians. It pisses me off because we have the technology and capability of doing it.

            I only like Palms because they use steel, although this is only for the 7.62×39 version and I already have a healthy supply of surplus steel and bakelites which are still better.

            Im still praying to the rain gods magpul starts making AK mags.

          • Suburban

            We have the technology, but not the cheap labor to make them commercially viable. Insert molding is a pain in the butt. Molding all-plastic parts is a whole lot easier.

  • KeithF

    Never had a problem with my tapco mags, Bulgarians are still my #1 pic though.

  • GuidoFL

    I’m hoping Tapco starts making these for AK 74’s !