Gear Review: IK-520 40 Round Magazines

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A great offering from MWG is their IK-520 40 round magazines. The mags are imported from Bulgaria and cost the same as a 40 round Magpul magazine. From MWG’s website:

  • Designed by renowned development engineer Ivan Kolev, designer of the Bulgarian high capacity polymer AK Magazine.
  • Increased Capacity
  • Durable, Steel Reinforced Polymer Construction
  • Ergonomic Waffle Design
  • Stable, Level Follower
  • Lightweight:  .4 Lbs
  • Tested full and semi auto in M4, AR-15, M16A1, M16A2 Models
  • .223 Caliber, 5.56mm

So how do they work? Well first off I wanted to see if they locked in and fit in my SCAR, a gun well known for being picky with magazines. Some mags have a tendency to raise the bolt catch just a tad that results in damage to the firearm. The IK-520 mags locked in without raising the bolt catch:

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My friend Patrick and I took them to the range to see if they performed well and they worked great!

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His M4 pattern rifle digested all 40 rounds with ease, regardless of how fast he pulled the trigger. The bolt locked open and they performed perfectly.

A few days later I did a few drop tests with no noticeable damage to the feed lips or expulsion of ammo from the body, so I suppose the steel reinforced lips helped in this regard.

Lastly, I decided to put my Wrangler against a mag:

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As you can see the mag didn’t buckle or come out to bruised:

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The mag still loaded all 40 rounds fine and there was no difference when locking the mag in.

So these are a great alternative to a PMAG and are priced the same, but for $18.95 most shooters will opt to buy the familiar Magpul brand mags.

 


Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV. A native Texan with a penchant for gun collecting combined with a degree in History from Baylor University have contributed to a passion for both early and modern firearms. Alex also owns a firearm consulting business licensed to produce title I and II weapons.
You can reach Alex at [email protected].


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  • GhostalkerS

    Yeah, being at the same price point as the magpul mags… I don’t see the point of importing them for sale at this time. The 40 rounders are readily available online. A year ago this would have been amazing!

    • iksnilol

      They are metal reinforced unlike the Magpuls.

      • G Stacks

        But does that even matter? Pmags have been proven reliable, and have undergone equally as rigorous, if not more, testing than these.

        • iksnilol

          Better safe than sorry, I don’t want to end up in a situation where my mag lips get split or ruined.

          • ColaBox

            Does that happen often to you? What kind of shooting do you do?

          • iksnilol

            Doesn’t happen often but with my luck it probably would.

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            I’ve had two PMags split at the rear of the feed lips.

      • zardinuk

        Something to gather rust.

  • noguncontrol

    the more the better.

  • YesMan

    Magpul doesn’t have metal reinforcements unlike this magazine. For anyone that is hard on their gear, this is a must.

  • Trey

    DS Arms has a smooth sided version of this mag that is also from Bulgaria, and by the looks of it the top part of the magazine appears the same. I bought one two years or more ago, but have never tried to use it.

  • guest

    Now if someone would make a plastic version of this:
    http://www.surefire.com/tactical-equipment/high-capacity-magazines/mag5-60.html
    That would be sweet…

  • otto

    another 40 round JamMaster for the AR platform

  • Dan

    Its kinda of like a 40 round lancer awg. Metal reinforced are superior. One benefit is metal to metal contact at the mag catch. Mark my words you will see a Gen 4 or 5 metal reinforced PMAG.

  • john huscio

    Would’ve been better if this was designed for the slr106……there are already craploads of mags for ARs all over the place….