Magpul Shipping AK-74 5.45x39mm PMAG

Magpul announced on Facebook today that the long-awaited Magpul PMAG magazine for the 5.45 versions of the Kalashnikov are now shipping. Announced about one year ago, the Mapul PMAG 30 AK74 MOE, as it is officially named, will join the extensive and ever-expanding line of Magpul magazines and other products.

The Mapul PMAG 30 AK74 MOE features all the thing we have come to expect from Magpul MOE versions of PMAG magazines including an all polymer body, removable floorplate, low friction follower, the Magpul trademark ribs and texture, and a stainless steel magazine spring. The new AK-74 magazine also has the paint pen dot matrix molded into the mag body that Magpul has instituted across the product line of PMAGs. The Mapul PMAG 30 AK74 MOE is 100% made in the U.S.A. so it counts as 3 compliance parts for those of us that must participate in the 922(r) parts count dance.

 

The Mapul PMAG 30 AK74 MOE is naturally targeted toward a smaller market of Kalashnikov owners as the 5.45x39mm versions of the rifle never have been nearly as popular as the 7.62x39mm version. The Magpul name and the new PMAGs price point of less then $14 should help this particular product out in the current market.

You can read more or order the Mapul PMAG 30 AK74 MOE on Magpul’s website here and check out the video on Magpul’s Facebook or Youtube channel here.



Scott is a firearms enthusiast and gun hobbyist whose primary interest is the practical application of gun ownership. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he hosts and blogs for The Firearms Podcast, a podcast and blog about gun stuff by gun people. Scott is a 20-year veteran of the USAF and been a member of his base, state and the All Guard marksmanship teams. He can be reached via email at scott@thefirearmspodcast.com


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  • Reef Blastbody

    About goddamn time. What really puzzles me is how is it that Russian/European AK74 magazines still sell for $50-100 or more apiece for ones that have seen better days.

    • Andrew Dubya

      Sounds like someone doesn`t know where to look…
      Plums, ((21))s and ((10s)) as well as Wz.88 mags can be had for $25-$30 all day long on the AKFiles marketplace.

      • Reef Blastbody

        Still ridiculous, and I see ads on AKfiles often for single bakes for $100 each. $25 for a beat to crap BFPU is outrageous.

        At least the Magpuls will feed as reliably as the Russian made ones, even if they’re not as durable. Then again, I’m not Rob Ski and I’m not going to do pushups on the rifle while it balances on the end of the magazine or run over it with an SUV.

        • USMC03Vet

          Yeah, well, idiots and their money.

        • int19h

          47 orange “bakelite” mags are already collector items, and I’m sure 74 ones will be soon, as well. Seeing how the supply is limited and no new ones are made, that’s just the way things are.

        • Andrew Dubya

          Link please, I gotta see $100 bakelites. I`m on the files daily and have never once heard of that. It`d show up in the D-Bag sellers thread for sure.

  • G B

    Perfect timing now that all the good AK74’s are gone. Way to go Magpul!

    • Twilight sparkle

      My thoughts exactly

      • PK

        Same here.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Arsenal SLR-104?

      • Twilight sparkle

        When’s the last time you saw one at a store?

        • Anonymoose

          The only gunstores I ever go to are ones with attached indoor ranges (where they won’t let you shoot steelcase ammo, and all 5.45 is steelcase) and bigbox places like Cabelas and Basspro (mostly for the fishing and camping stuff and apparel rather than gun stuff), so I really wouldn’t expect to find an Arsenal anything there. Maybe some high-priced American-made tacticool rifles, a bunch of “sporting” guns, and some Century pieces of junk, but never any good AKs. 5.45 is not a good choice for durr, and the AK platform does not lend itself to long-range varminting, so it’s unlikely you would find an AK74 in a big box store.

          • Twilight sparkle

            I work at a big box store so I mostly visit local gun stores where you do often find arsenals. The only thing I’ve seen lately have been slr 107s though

          • Anonymoose

            I think they might be getting ready to do another run of 106s soon. At least their site prominently advertises the pistol versions right now.

      • The SLR-104 was discontinued.

        • Houston Moore

          No, it wasn’t. Arsenal Bulgaria said that they wouldn’t be importing them for a while. They have not been discontinued.

      • G B

        Yeah they’re all gone, no longer being made.

        • Houston Moore

          That is incorrect. Arsenal Bulgaria simply stated that they wouldn’t be importing the SLR104 rifles f or a little while, as they are using those components for military contracts.

          • G B

            Thanks for the correction. The point remains that they are gone until “maybe someday” though.

  • int19h

    Wait, am I reading this wrong, or does this thing not have steel reinforced locking lug? So it’s going to be like their gen1 7.62×39 mags all over again?

    • PK

      “All polymer body”, so… yes.

    • Gus Butts

      Just like their 7.62x39mm magazines, they will probably release another magazine with steel lips and the plastic MOE magazines will remain the cheapest of the bunch for people who do not care.

    • USMC03Vet

      Contrary to popular belief not having metal lugs really isn’t an issue unless you intentionally try to break magazines on the range for a video. The whole metal lugs issue on AK mags is entirely a 1st world range ninja problem.

      • int19h

        Every military issue polymer AK mag has metal lugs. Do you think Russians wouldn’t be excited to skimp on it and shave some material and construction costs if they didn’t have to do that?

        It stands to reason, as well. If you e.g. drop the rifle, or in any way put stress on that mag, it effectively acts like a lever (which is part of what makes AK mags so good in the face of dirt etc – that rock-in motion amplifies the amount of force applied as the mag goes in, clearing obstructions) – and the lug bears most of the resulting force.

        • n0truscotsman

          Yes. They put them there for a reason. And it wasn’t just for ‘extra security’

          • USMC03Vet

            The reason US manufacturers do it is so they can charge more for an irrelevant increase in manufacturing cost. This is prey on the range warrior market. Let’s get real here.

          • Frank

            IMO it does damage to the brand for Magpul to release a subpar product like that. People didn’t switch from USGI mags and soldiers didn’t start carrying them because they were cheap, it was because of how durable and reliable they were.

          • n0truscotsman

            Do you want to compare durability of warsaw pact magazines versus domestically made US ones?

            There is a reason steel locking lugs were a thing in the original configuration. It wasn’t by accident. This was by, of all people, the Soviets and satellite nations.

        • USMC03Vet

          Are you war fighting at the range? If not polymer mags are perfectly fine. Also magazines are supposed to be cheap and disposable.

          • int19h

            Now you’re moving the goalposts – nothing was said about “range only” in your original comments.

            Regarding “magazines are supposed to be cheap and disposable”. My stepdad is a Soviet Army major in retirement, and a vet of that other Afghan war. I remember I said this exact phrase to him once while explaining why USGI AR mags are aluminum. He was extremely puzzled, and said that Americans must be idiots if that’s their attitude towards one of the most crucial pieces of their guns, and that they certainly didn’t view their AK74 mags as “cheap and disposable” in Afghanistan.

          • n0truscotsman

            That mentality Ive always disagreed with. The magazine is critically important and the Russians did the right thing by making AK magazines bombproof. I mean, the original AKM steel mags? anti-tilt follower and stamped steel. Tough as a wrecking ball and is a huge contributor to the gun’s reliable reputation.

            AK74 Russian and Bulgy mags with the steel locking lugs? equally bombproof. And it aggravates me to no end no US company has made an equivalent despite that caliber being common for over 15 yrs now.

            Because those abominations for magazines that promag and tapco makes? They are a complete waste of time.

          • USMC03Vet

            This is a commercial blog that covers commercial firearm products with the occasional military post. The only goal posts moving here are people living in fantasy land in their hypothetical remote moonbase conflicts.

        • USMC03Vet

          This isn’t military issue. Military has different requirements for stuff. That doesn’t mean if something doesn’t meet a military requirement that it is inferior either.

      • Malthrak

        There’s a reason Russian military polymer mags have steel locking lugs.

        For range use, plastic lugs are fine. For anything where the rifle has a high likelyhood of abuse or damage, such as competition or combat, they are not fine.

        Hence why everyone who uses AK’s across the planet with polymer mags makes sure they have steel lugs, plastic lugs are pretty much civilian only usage. Which is fine for range use, most people wont need more than that, but lets be real in that nobody who has to use these things for real real and not just play play has steel lugs.

        • USMC03Vet

          The real reason being Russian magazine has a higher IQ than the soldier it was issued to.

          • Sermon 7.62

            The average IQ in the US is not higher than in Russia. In the US 20% of the people think that Sun revolves around the Earth. And in Russia to become a professional soldier one must have higher education.

          • USMC03Vet

            Ok, Putinbot. We get it.

          • Sermon 7.62

            1 in 4 Americans Unaware the Earth Orbits the Sun

            “Yes, 1 in 4. In other words, a quarter of Americans do not understand one of the most fundamental principles of basic science.

            Time_com
            Feb 16, 2014

          • Stop. Hammertime.

            Just. Stop. You’re embarrassing yourself.

          • Malthrak

            And your average Billy-Bob at the range is better…how?

            Either way, there’s a reason that nobody in the world, Russian or otherwise, uses polymer lug mags for service weapons.

            The only people buying polymer lug AK mags are US civilians, and thats pretty much down to cost.

          • USMC03Vet

            roflmao self immolate.

          • Malthrak

            *makes silly statement*

            >is called out on silly statement

            *deflection*

            >is called out for deflection

            *lololitrollyou exit*

            :/

      • BrandonAKsALot

        It’s really not an exagerated problem. The only country to produce poly military mags without steel lugs and reinforcements was Poland and those mags sucked hard. Even high tensile glass filled polyamides don’t have the shear stength that is necessary for even moderately use in an AK.

        • USMC03Vet

          No it’s really is because the people that are buying this aren’t militaries thus claim they suck really just equates to, I’m-a-dumbass-on-the-range-watch-me-break-this use in the civilian world.

          Again this idea that everything sold in the firearms world has to be bomb proof, 30 meters waterproof, and require battery life of 5 years per military spec is absolutely retarded and frankly you poor consumers are your own worst enemies paying out the butt for feature you’ll never use.

          • BrandonAKsALot

            Guess that one I broke was my imagination then….

      • Talk to the Left

        Load one up, sprint forward and drop prone hard. Without metal reinforcements, one of the two lugs will break after a few drills.

        Poly mags are fine as range mags but if you’re running drills (breaking contact, movement to contact, etc.), you’ll want something that will survive more than a day.

        • USMC03Vet

          You people are trying way to hard to justify the unjustifiable. At some point you’ll wake up from the fantasy.

  • Jeff Smith
    • Scott

      lol should have bought one

      • Anonymoose

        No, you really shouldn’t have. I have a friend who has one and it’s just too much gun for such little firepower. It’s much better to go with full-power cartridges in Veprs.

        • El Duderino

          I searched for a left hand stock 7.62x54R Vepr for a long time and never found one. Oh well!

      • Jeff Smith

        Ha, I had been eyeing one of the sporterized (wood stock imports) versions for a few days prior to them announcing the ban. The day they announced the ban, I stopped by and they it on sale for $600.

        Meh, I guess I’ll get an Arsenal.

  • Gary Kirk

    Hey, this is great!! Next thing you know, Magpul will be making HK mags.. Cause, ya know.. Nothing better than selling mags for rifles NO-ONE CAN BUY!!!

    • Anonymoose

      They’ve been making G36 magazines for years now.

  • AC97

    Oh look, Magpul’s so special, they can release AK magazines without steel reinforced feed lips or locking lugs, because THAT never ends badly…

    • Gary Kirk

      They’ll come out with a gen 2.. Except no one will ever wear these out.. Cause ya can’t get rifles, nonetheless ammo to actually use them..

      • Commercial 5.45×39 is still in ready supply.

    • USMC03Vet

      Funny I use polymers mags just fine with my AKM. Then again I’m not trying to break them to get YouTube video views.

      • iksnilol

        And that’s why your youtube channel sucks, Jeremy.

        • USMC03Vet

          I don’t get this nerd reference. I don’t have a bread, wear patches, or stipple muh Glock either though. I am a pleb.

          • iksnilol

            I just thought Jeremy was an average enough name. I don’t think I was referencing anything specifically.

      • Not Travis Haley

        Maybe you’re not trying hard enough, i.e. actually moving before/during/after shooting. Dynamic ranges aren’t just for Travis Haley, ya know?

        • USMC03Vet

          Dynamic rifle lawn dart? That is the only possible way I could imagine breaking a magazine during use.

  • Grant

    I bought a couple of their steel reinforced AK mags. They are high quality and fed fine. They just didn’t fit in any of my Arsenal AK rifles without extensive filing on the mag & they still are way too tight in the magwell. I was hoping for a reasonable alternative to Circle 10 AK47 mags which are obscenely priced at K-Var, but no such luck.

    • They don’t fit in my SKS-M, either. I think they’re good mags, but I generally prefer the BHO Yugos for the money.

  • lowandslow

    Wonder if I’ll be able to adapt these to my Saiga .223? I hope so, I’m tired of the expensive, bulky SGM tactical mags I’ve been running.

    • Anonymoose

      Just get a Canis magwell adapter.

      • lowandslow

        I could buy a lot of sgm mags for what they’re charging for that adapter.

        • Anonymoose

          It’s only $100 (the mag adapter is sold out on their site right now though). Think of all the money you could save by being able to use the same mags in your AK and an AR.

          • jono102

            Yeah I’m waiting on an Canis adapter for my .223 Vepr. I had a 74 mag that ran at 80% with it and 100% after I put a bullet guide in. Problem is here in New Zealand AK47 30rd mags are rare and AK74’s even more so. 100-$200 is about what they will set you back, where as AR mags are common and a lot cheaper. Importing parts or accessories from the US can be a long, painful and expensive process, both getting them out of the US and into NZ.

            Strangely new AK’s (Saiga’s, Veprs, Norincos etc) are pretty common here as well as SVD variants.

  • Mike

    where are the glock 27 round mags. coming soon for over a year now

  • Malthrak

    Ill wait for the steel reinforced gen II. Learned the lesson years ago about cheap plastic AK mags.

    Those lugs will shear at the most embarrassing possible moment.

  • spencer60

    Huzzah!