Bad Element Custom Magazine Services

While there is a plethora of companies offering to do modifications to the base firearm, manufacture accessories, or do various custom machining work, few focus on the magazine of a given firearms. Outside of the option to develop and produce a new magazine, few spend the time to modify existing designs.


To fill the niche is a small company named Bad Element Company, which offers custom magazine services. Their work spans across a variety of platforms including M14/M1A, AK, AR-15, and others that may blend the platforms such as a posted option to convert M14 magazines to use in a Zastava PAP M77 .308 AK.


Other specialties include converting full-capacity options into ban-state compliant models such as taking 30 round STANAG or other magazines and riveting them to never hold more than the locality requires. Taking it a step further (or potentially taking the modification to an absurd level), Bad Element will convert 75 round drum magazines into 10 round compliant models.


For those looking for something more usable, Bad Element can “cut down” the magazine to a shorter length. The most popular option includes cutting down bakelite, plum, polymer, or steel AK magazines into the “tanker” configuration.


On the unique side, Bad Element also offers custom magazine windows. While utterly impractical (yes, one can see their round count), it is beautiful.

Those interested can check out his website here. Prices, services, and other items are detailed.


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Don Ward


  • Anonymoose

    Yes, I would love to pay $100 for a 10-round 7.62×39 drum! In all seriousness though, a bakelite mag with clear lexan sideplates would be awesome.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Psssstt…. Check out Svetgor defense out of Ukraine.

  • iksnilol

    I lust for a couple of cut down 20 round bakelites.

    • Anonymoose

      With Lexan sideplates~

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    I’ll bet they can’t make a Promag 30 round AR magazine work in an AR with 30 rounds in it.

    • iksnilol

      Dude, they customize and make cool stuff. They aren’t NASA engineers/wizards. Like, lower your hopes a bit.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        What can I say, I’m a dreamer.

        • iksnilol

          yeah, but there’s a difference between dreaming for something somewhat realistic (IE James R. aknowledging my existence) and something so fantastical it is physically impossible (IE making something from Promag work, only exception is Marlin 795 25 rounders).

  • MindMelder

    Interesting. Thanks for the share.

  • Arie Heath

    The M14 magazine conversion caught my eye.

  • Hah! In Canada we’ve been shooting 75 round drums riveted to 5 rounds for years

    • USMC03Vet

      I weep for you.

      • AHill

        Beta C-mags too!

        • iksnilol

          At that point I’ll just ask: Why?

          • Bob

            My thoughts exactly. I mean, I got an AK with wooden furniture for the looks, but I wouldn’t go for such a thing unless it had benefits. (For example, I have experience with stubby 10 round mags and would want a 20 rounder pinned to 10 if I had to do it, simply because the 20 rounder is easier to grab and doesn’t put the rim on the bottom into my palm when I reload. Function, not appearance.)

          • RSG

            Because if things change in the future, the rivets can be removed. That’s my assumption anyway.

          • AHill

            I’m speculating here and this is illegal so I don’t condone it but some remove the rivet/screw and then replace it when in secluded locations; others have the mags as a “just in case” mag and some just like the look. I do know that riveted mags are FAR FAR more popular than the lanced or pressed mags.

            The standard capacity bodies (30s and 20s – pinned to 5 of course) are popular because they fit better in Tac vests and can be grabbed easier.

    • Gus Butts

      Who’s “we”? I certainly would never buy a very expensive drum riveted to 5 rounds, thanks.

  • jay

    That first one looks like it came straight out of Metro 2033.

  • Bigbigpoopi


    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      Did he die of what?

      • Robert Rodriguez

        Depending on your actions during the game, he either gets the valorous, “Ranger” death ending, or the Dark ones come in the nick of time to save everyone, because Artyom shows the little Dark One the value of life.

        • A bearded being from beyond ti

          I was thinking about the book. The ending to Metro 2033 was somewhat ambiguous, it’s not really clear what happened to him (atleast i don’t think so) but then in the second book (which was kinda crap btw) there’s character named Artyom for some reason.

          • Robert Rodriguez

            It’s been a while since I’ve read the book. From what I understand, the second book is about Hunter and his journey through the metro.

          • Muri

            The English translation of Metro 2035 (the third book) will be released about the end of this year. It continues the story of Artyom and chronologically takes place after the events of Metro Last Light (which happened about in 2034 in the official Metro timeline).

            I’ve already read it since it was released in the German-speaking countries for a while already. While it’s never as good as the original 2033, it’s a solid sequel to the story. You can look forward to it.

            The other Artyom in Metro 2034 has actually nothing to do with the original one from 2033. It’s a mere coincidence that they share the same name.

          • A bearded being from beyond ti


          • Gus Butts

            “The other Artyom in Metro 2034 has actually nothing to do with the original one from 2033. It’s a mere coincidence that they share the same name.”

            But why? I finished the Metro 2033 book but played both games in which you play as the same Artyom. This is weird. This shatters my entire universe. Time to question reality.

          • Muri

            I was writing about the Artyom in the “Metro 2034” novel, not the one from the “Metro: Last Light” game (which also takes place in the year 2034). Artyom from Last Light still is the one we know from Metro 2033 (both game and novel).

            It’s a shame that the other Metro novels (like “Piter”, “Roots of Heaven” or the “Towards the Light” trilogy) never were translated into English. I highly recommend these too.

  • Kivaari


  • PeterK

    I do love the skeleton mags.

  • Budogunner

    In the close up of the AK mag mod, all the cuts and indicator hash marks look like they were cut free hand with a dremil… that might be the artistic goal, but it makes me want to pass.

    • JoelM

      The point of a khyber pass style magazine IS for it to look a bit crude. I’m sure he could have cnc cut everything and laser engraved the count marking but hand drawing them in Arabic kind of is the theme on that one.

  • Samael527

    reminds me of metro 2033

  • BAC

    I’m a very happy customer of Nick’s and he’ll soon be getting a big batch of gloriously worn bakelites to cut down to tanker size (no, nothing is sacred). He’s a stand up guy and great to work with.