Magpul Introduces 5.45mm-Compatible AK Magazine

Rumors of a new Magpul magazine for the AK-74 platform are confirmed: The company has just released the PMAG 30 AK74 MOE magazine, designed to hold 30 rounds of 5.45x39mm ammunition and compatible with all 5.45mm caliber AK rifles that take traditional AK-74 pattern magazines.

The company’s website has been updated to support sales of the new magazines, although they are not yet ready for purchase. The site promises availability in “Summer of 2016”, so if Magpul holds to that timeline then we can expect the magazines to reach the market by the August-September timeframe.


Image source: Magpul

Despite sanctions on the Russian Federation, US interest in the 5.45x39mm caliber continues. Thanks to its flat-shooting characteristics, availability of ammunition, and magazines for AK-platform rifles, the caliber has become a strong “second-string” carbine caliber that is here to stay. Magpul’s release of the new 5.45mm MOE magazine seems only to reinforce this. What used to be an almost unknown Soviet caliber has, with just a few brief years of rock-bottom ammunition prices, become one of the staples of the US tactical rifle market.


Image source: Magpul


Now, to really make waves, all Magpul has to do is offer a 45-round variant of the new 5.45mm magazine. Perhaps, with a 5.45 D-60 drum, they could even win a Russian contract (kidding)!

H/T Duncan from LooseRounds.

Nathaniel F

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  • thedonn007

    I hope they reinforced the duckbill.

  • Sean

    Are they really going to make us wait for the metal reinforced locking tabs again? Not going to buy until they come out.

    • KestrelBike

      Yeah that’s strange. Seems like they offer the Gen1 7.62 mags for $14 (no metal tabs) but have the M3 7.62 mags for $27 (with metal tabs). Seems silly to release 2 styles, assuming they’re going to eventually release a 5.45 M3 mag with metal tabs.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Lots of people only buy the all polymers because those mags are cheap and they don’t care about whether the lug can take an impact, and plenty of others just buy them as practice mags. So Magpul has every reason to keep pumping them out, as long as they make money. Not everyone needs or wants a combat ready magazine for they’re range toy.

    • n0truscotsman

      Yeah me either. Them are an important feature of the magazine. As important as the spring and follower IMO. If the Reds did it, you need to do it too as a company.

  • Zachary marrs

    Something is wrong with the title.

    I believe you meant “Magpul INTRODUCES 5.45mm-Compatible AK MAGAZINE”

    • PK

      Perhaps they heard all of us and decided that clickbait titles were a waste of time?

      • Zachary marrs

        One would hope, but the post before this was randomly capitalized…

        They changed it, but still

  • Dracon1201

    Blagakdihevidhbdgya! (Many Orgasm noises)

  • Malthrak

    At $13.95 they’re not going to have metal locking lugs, and there’s no reason to buy them over Tapco at that point.

    When they come out with the inevitable Gen3 with metal parts, like they did with the 7.62×39 mags, then I might be interested.

    • Cuvie

      I wish Lancer made AK mags

    • A Fascist Corgi

      Even their steel-reinforced AK mags have fragile feed lips.

  • Devil_Doc

    Woot!!!! No more $45 Circle 10 mags!

  • A Fascist Corgi

    Shame on Magpul for selling these things when numerous people have proven that Magpul’s AK mags have fragile feed lips.

  • Bub

    I’ve looked at 5.45 AKs on a number of occasions, but have never pulled the trigger pun intended. Reason I hate to have to start collecting another caliber of ammo. Having said that, the 5.45 AK seems to have a whole lot going for it. Maybe even more so than the 7.62 if you discount the accessories available for the 7.62 platform. Life is full of hard choices and Magpul just made it a little harder.

    • I am a big fan of my SLR-104FR. They are great rifles, and mine shoots like a laser.

    • n0truscotsman

      Ive owned a couple 5.45s for nearly a decade now. I had the same apprehension initially, because the ammunition was different, yet so similar to 5.56 (as in, another small, HV round). But the inexpensive cost made it worth it IMO. Even with the price being higher for 7N6.

      I would recommend getting 5.56, 5.45, and 7.62 caliber repeaters.

  • gunsandrockets


    Now how about a .223 magazine for the AK?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Which version would you prefer they make? There’s about 8 different types out there.

      • gunsandrockets

        “8 different types out there”

        Such as?

        • ostiariusalpha

          Saiga, Norinco, Polytech, Galil, Beryl, CZ, etc. They’re not interchangeable.

  • Kelly Harbeson

    No steel? I have Crapcos out the butt

  • SP mclaughlin

    Expecting to see this in the East very soon…

  • 7n6

    No better than a tapco. Rifle above is ugly as sin.

  • John Bear Ross

    You mean .21 Genghis? 😉

  • Big Kat

    I like how they have a picture of one in a Yugo AK when they never made 5.45 AK’s.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Yugoslavia made 5.56 ak’s though. This could just be some sorta custom rpk74ish build.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Magpul can do Ak furniture but Ak mags… I’ll stick to circle 10. They should have done something else, like a lrbho follower for 5.45 and 7.62 mags

  • andrey kireev

    Finally ! Except waiting for the metal reinforced version

  • Shawn Thompson

    It sure would be nice if TFB started putting a link to our website, looserounds, at the top of the article instead of offhandedly mentioning it at the bottom .Since they get so many hits and clicks from our work.

  • STF

    I don’t see steel lips on the specs. Why do they continue to release new mags without steel?

    • Doug Larsen

      Because a large portion of the AK market is just as concerned, or perhaps even more concerned, with price point.

      Never underestimate the cheapskated-ness of many AK owners. These are people who will bypass superior ammo because the cheaper stuff is literally 2 cents/round cheaper.

  • please

    Please dear god make quality 5.56 mags in both sporter and military so we don’t have to mill our trunions to use them for those of us who have saigas with the civvie gimped trunions. PLEASE MAGPUL DO THIS.

  • Nameson

    7N6 is dead and 74 kits dried up. Too little too late.

  • GaryGary

    Old news ! These mags have been on their web site for months with a ambiguous release date. And they will not have metal tabs per their web site . MRSP $ 13.95, hell yes I’ll be buying some !