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BucDan
04-08-2012, 12:30 PM
I bought a new Chinese mag for my rifle and when I tested it in the rifle, the mag won't lock into place. It will rock into place, but it will not lock in with the mag release. The mag release seems to not reset itself back to the regular position, but instead it stays in the forward position as if the user were to release the mag. I assume that I will need to do fitting?

My old mag works just fine so it can't be the mag stabilizers. Any ideas where I may need to file down on the mag? Possibly where the mag catches?

chead
04-08-2012, 12:43 PM
File the bottom of the rear lip of the mag.

MrPlink
04-08-2012, 12:47 PM
Or file the mag well

BucDan
04-08-2012, 12:52 PM
Alright I'll work the mag right now. I think I'd rather adjust the mag than the well :) thanks.

osis32
04-08-2012, 1:19 PM
Don't mess with your mag well impressed you absolutely have to.

osis32
04-08-2012, 1:19 PM
Imposed=unless

osis32
04-08-2012, 1:20 PM
Impressed=unless

BucDan
04-08-2012, 1:26 PM
I know, I rather destroy a mag than my magwell.

Richard Erichsen
04-08-2012, 1:55 PM
I know, I rather destroy a mag than my magwell.

It won't be destroyed by a little filing. The only magazines I would consider filing are polymer US made varieties from Tapco and similar low quality varieties that have somewhat oversized mag lock tabs.

R

MrPlink
04-08-2012, 2:03 PM
Don't mess with your mag well impressed you absolutely have to.

That line of thinking does not really hold here.

First of all, it is rather easy to do, and more often that not does not involve the removal of much material.

The basis for modifying the magwell and not the mag is that you are likely to have issues with other magazines, why have to deal with each one to make them work when you can just adjust the mag well once and be done with it?
I know this is not a combat rifle, but if that were the case than this is something you would EXTRA want to consider.

BucDan
04-08-2012, 2:09 PM
I've been filing around the little beaver tail on the back of the mag, all 4 areas of it. The leading ramp to the tail, the face of the tail, the back of the tail, and the last plateau... Still not going in.

I would file the mag well, but im unsure where to file, and I rather not take any chances unless im sure where to file.

MrPlink
04-08-2012, 2:11 PM
its pretty simple, look at what is obrstructing the magazine, and remove accordingly.

If you are not sure, go slowly and constantly check for fit so you do not "overdo it"

BucDan
04-08-2012, 2:17 PM
Never mind it went in... Had to push it slightly harder. Hopefully it will work in nicely.

When I grab the next new mag and it doesn't go in nicely, I'll do the mag well. It seems that I over filed some areas so it still rocks a little, but nothing crazy.

Speedpower
04-08-2012, 2:21 PM
Watch this video, pay attention at 3:47 and onwards, it shows where you need to file/grind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5JtGElFIOY&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL9C9DA76D210FA6B5

Munny$hot
04-08-2012, 2:34 PM
Firld strip your rig, insert the mag, & see where its hanging up.

BucDan
04-08-2012, 2:37 PM
Thanks speedpower, imma watch that.

858casper858
04-08-2012, 6:35 PM
As per the AK build sticky in "gunsmithing"---


Fitting the magazine.

After the trunnions are in, magazine fitting may be required. Adjust the area (red/bottom arrow) just behind the magazine with a diamond bit. Check with multiple magazines to ensure that the back clears that part of the receiver, and magazine fully seats. If it does and the magazine latch does not lock in, then the top of the mag latch needs adjustment (blue/top arrow).
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j258/FIVESIXTN/DSC05745.jpg

Mamluke
04-08-2012, 8:21 PM
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I know this is not a combat rifle...

You're kidding ...

http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/3190/ak47bo8.jpg

Never mind it went in... Had to push it slightly harder. Hopefully it will work in nicely.



And that means you'll have to push the mag release harder to remove the mag from the well ... :43:

......

ott1
04-08-2012, 9:56 PM
I had similar issues with the Chinese made mags on one build, but no issues with a couple of other nicely worn in builds.

BucDan
04-09-2012, 5:56 AM
Yeah, the worn in mags fit perfect. But Casper, at the build party, all of mags, new and old fit real nicely and locked in good.

chead
04-09-2012, 8:40 AM
Mags do have to "break in" a little. I find this especially true with Bulgarian polymer. Sometimes I'll just continually seat and remove it while watching tv. It generally shouldn't take long.

BucDan
04-09-2012, 8:59 AM
Mags do have to "break in" a little. I find this especially true with Bulgarian polymer. Sometimes I'll just continually seat and remove it while watching tv. It generally shouldn't take long.

I was doing this yesterday while watching a basketball game on tv. Now it is pretty smooth.

858casper858
04-09-2012, 10:44 AM
Ahh... So it's just the 1 mag. Yeah I'll do the same thing when all mags but 1 or 2 fit. Glad you got it!