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Old 08-14-2011, 19:12   #1
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master moulder mags

Has anyone tried the thermold master moulder AK mags? Are they any good?
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Originally Posted by Guardian View Post
Has anyone tried the thermold master moulder AK mags? Are they any good?
The original Thermolds were very good. The current production (made by the new company that bought out the original) seem to be a mixed bag.

The new AK Thermolds I've seen seem to be O.K., but I have not extensively tested them. They do fit, feed, and hold the rounds in when fully loaded (more than I can say for some of the other new production Thermolds).

The original Thermold Mini-14 mags were (IMHO), among the best. I've yet to see any of the new production.

The original Thermold AR-15 mags worked well, except for the ones made in Canada using cheaper polymer. The new production Thermold AR-15 mags are (again IMHO) total garbage. I bought six of the newer twenty round Thermolds, and four would not even hold the rounds in the magazine when fully loaded.

I tried one of the new Thermold HK-91 magazines, and it was too big to fit in the mag well. After sanding it down enough to fit, it wouldn't lock in tight enough to feed reliably.

All IMHO, and YMMV.
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Thanks for the good info. I was wondering because CDNN has them on sale pretty cheap and you can never have too many mags.
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Originally Posted by Guardian View Post
Thanks for the good info. I was wondering because CDNN has them on sale pretty cheap and you can never have too many mags.
I ordered a few during one of their weekend specials (for $5.99 each, and with cheaper shipping). I just haven't had time to really wring them out yet.

FWIW, they seem much sturdier than the Thermold AR-15 magazines, But then, that might just be because the AK mags are inherently a sturdier design. The greater thickness of the material around feed lips probably helps.

It might be worth picking up a couple, the next time CDNN puts them on sale, and testing them in your AK(s).

But I think I'd rather spend a few extra dollars on surplus steel magazines. Just IMHO, and YMMV.

As an example, AIM has the steel AK mags for $9.95 each ($8.95, if you buy ten or more):
Surplus European Steel AK47 7.62x39 30rd Magazines
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