Magpul AK-47 Magazine

When you think of polymer AR-15 magazines, Magpul PMAGs are almost the universal image that comes to mind.  The company now aims to make you think “Magpul AK-47 magazine” when you need to feed your Eastern Bloc gun.

Magpul AK-47 magazine

I recently read an independent test in a tactical magazine that compared 5 different polymer magazines. Though several other brands scored high, the Magpul PMAG was still the reigning champ.  From dusty battlegrounds to the mean streets, to home defense and beyond, Magpul has produced a great magazine that is enjoyed by many.


Until recently Magpul has focused most of the PMAG magazines on the AR rifle market.  The most popular mag being for the AR-15, but also offering magazines for the  AR-10 in .308 caliber, and two options for the British SA80 and the H&K G36.

For the first time, however, Magpul has entered the increasingly popular AK-47 market with the new PMAG 30 AK MOE.  The new PMAG 30 for the AK-47 brings all the experience, expertise, and technical magic that has made the Magpul PMags so popular in the AR market to the Kalashnikov world.  Specifically designed to work in the AK-47, AKM, AKS, and similarly patterned rifles chambered for the 7.62×39, the AK MOE is a 30-round lightweight polymer magazine that offers a removable base plate, constant curve, and the highly regarded and dependable Magpul follower.

Although Magpul is a latecomer to this arena I’m fairly confident that the excellent function and durability of the original PMAG will have many AK owners seeking out the new PMag 30 AK MOE for their own.  Consider how popular the US Palm magazines have become in the relatively short time they have been in the market.  Magpul promises that this will be the first installment of an ever-increasing AK PMAG line.

Magpul AK-47 magWith the current move out of Colorado by Magpul, the MSRP has not yet been released, but the company hopes to have the Magpul AK-47 magazine available by late summer.

PMAG 30 AK MOE Specifications

  • Impact and crush resistant polymer construction
  • Constant curve internal geometry for reliable and smooth feeding
  • Anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability
  • Stainless steel spring
  • Flared floorplate for positive magazine handling and easy disassembly
  • MSRP – Not listed
  • Availability – Late SummerAnti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliabilityAnti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability

By Aaron

Aaron is a sergeant with a midwestern police department, where he serves as a trainer, supervisor and SWAT sniper. In addition to his broad tactical knowledge, Aaron is an experienced hunter using bow and both modern and blackpowder firearms.

4 replies on “Magpul AK-47 Magazine”

Good luck on finding any haha. I wonder how these will stack up against the US Palm mags. Cheaper I hope!

I picked up 2 of the Magpul PMAG 30 AK/AKM magazines in Florida on February 15, 2014. Shooters of Jacksonville just got their stock in. The magazines are also available online at Brownell’s and MidwayUSA.

I converted my Saiga 7.62X39 to be 18 USC 922R compliant. I did not add a Bullet Guide to use the standard AK or Tapco magazines. I found that the SGM (Surefire) magazines will cycle without any feed issues.

I ran into a Fit and Function issue on the initial attempt to use the PMAG 30 AK/AKM magazines. The magazines would not lock into the magwell.

I filed the Locking Tab height to match the original Saiga magazine Locking Tab. I also modified the area above the Locking Tab and gave it a more generous radius. 5 minutes with a file and Fit and Function achieved.

The Magpul PMAG 30 AK/AKM magazines are a good investment considering their price point is well below pricing for the SGM (Surefire) and the US Palm AK magazines.

You may need to add the Bullet Guide if you decide to go with the Drum magazine to assure proper Fit and Function. You could also buy 8 to 10 The Magpul PMAG 30 AK/AKM magazines along with a good chest rig to hold them for the price of the Drum magazine.

The Magpul AK PMAG has been a big hit in the AK world of polymer magazines. We sell a ton of these and so far have not had any complaints with them. My personal opinion is while I think they are great for everyday range use, I would like to see Magpul add some type of metal reinforcement to the locking tab.

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