AKOU Tests Magpul AK Magazine

Rob of AK Operators Union performs a small torture test of the Magpul AK47 Gen 3 Magazine with his AK. He drops the gun onto concrete so that it falls and hits the magazine.


Then he drops them in dirt and covers them up before using them in his DDI AK.


The final test is a creek bath with a nice dose of mud.


He performs these tests with a normal Magpul magazine and another with a ranger plate. He experienced a malfunction but that was due to the recoil spring. The test is short and sweet. I would have liked to seen a larger pool of data rather than just three tests on 2 magazines.

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  • Twilight sparkle

    Unfortunately not many people can afford to give us test like this. Or at least not many people are going to risk seeing money get thrown away on a test like this

  • USMC03Vet

    Problem is you can get around 3 mags at the price of one of those that will work just as fine as long as you don’t intentionally attempt to break them, and even then will probably still not fail.

    • R H

      Problem is that Circle 10 mags are running about $40-$50 a pop these days. Make a polymer mag as reliable as those at half the price, and you’ll have plenty of people willing to fork over the cash.

    • Justice

      Where can you buy new surplus steel mags for $9 each? I doubt you can find them that cheap. Used, maybe. Downside of steel is rust and weight. Surplus mags are great, but not the end-all be-all of AK mags.

      • USMC03Vet

        You don’t “need” steel mags. The polymer ones are just fine even when you attempt to make them fail. Also what is a “fail” anyway? Oh, I need to change my magazine at the range……

        I’ll take my tapco smooth sides @ $7 any day.

  • tony

    Awesome! that mag first drop test really shows the advantage of have metal locking tabs.

  • nadnerbus

    AK that jammed!? I was told this was unpossible, that you can roll over an AK with a tank, drop it in sulfuric acid, and clean it with sandpaper and olive oil and it will still never jam.

    Looks like Magpul corrected the plastic locking tab on the original Pmags. Personally, I never really thought it was too much of a problem. Western school of thought seems to be that it is OK to make things slightly lighter weight and a little less durable than old school soviet style. I mean, how many aluminum GI M16 mags would regularly pass that drop test?

    • ostiariusalpha

      They aren’t corrections, the MOE AK mags are still being made. These Gen M3 metal lug mags were always in the pipeline, Magpul just had to figure out how much metal would be required to satisfy the AK junkies’ durability requirements. Seems they found a sensible proportion for maintaining a good weight/durability ratio. I’m getting the strong impression that these mags are going to be at least as durable as the coveted Circle 10 mags, while being a decent bit lighter.

      • Bulgy waffles are 8.8 oz with metal, Vs. Magpul 7.3 .oz with metal