Navy Arms New 1873 Models and AK Mags

Anyone here going to SHOT? If so, you’ll be able to see a couple of offerings from Navy Arms (and really, hundreds of other vendors).

We published an article in October about the 1873 line. Well, this spring, Navy Arms is going to have a couple of new variants in high-polished blue and high-polished plum. If you haven’t had a chance to see these in person (and you are “in” to this kind of rifle, or do SASS), I suggest you find one–they are very nicely done. And if you are going to SHOT, you can see them at the Navy Arms booth (#11946).


The OTHER awesome product they have are the Gibbs/Matra 20 and 30 round Steel AK47 Magazines (MSRP $18.95). Tough as nails and a great warranty.  At SHOT they are going to have a special deal at $10.99/magazine in a case of 50 mags.

The following link is to a video of an APC driving over the magazines and then a function test:

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • sianmink

    That demo, ugh.
    tanks and APCs exert far less ground pressure than trucks, due to the huge footprint. On mud besides, of course the mags weren’t damaged.
    Try a 5 ton truck at 40mph on pavement and get back to me.

    All that said that seems a really good price for quality steel AK mags.

    • Tom

      Very true. No telling from the pic what sort of tracked vehicle it is, but at the extreme end the British Scorpion light tank exerts less ground pressure than a human foot!

      As I recall when the Austrians were testing the AUG part of the test was to drop the weapon (and I assume mag) from a building onto a paved road then run it over with a large truck!

      • Doc Rader

        Wow! I would not have expected that. I can see the soft mud providing some give, but I’d still have thought that that much weight would still exert a ton of pressure.

    • Zachary marrs

      You always market to the lowest common denominator, and always over exaggerate the problem

      Or at least how it was explained to me

    • Joe Banana

      Why don’t you people try to lay down in front of a tank, to test whether the ground pressure is as you claim to be?

      • gunslinger

        there are people who do that.

        of course they use physics to make sure they aren’t actually in danger

  • andrey kireev

    I was always wondering which mag can be driven over with a tank and still work. As a civilan shooter, this is something that I spend a lot of time thinking about….

    • Beju

      Finally, a magazine I don’t have to worry about when run over by tracked construction equipment!