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We first became familiar with the U.S. PALM magazine when they came to us in some rifles from Russian American Armament. We were very impressed with the mags and thought that they were unlike any AK mags we had ever seen before. When we reached out to U.S.PALM, we found out that these mags don't come cheap... but they are the Cadillac of mags, and frankly, we think they are worth it. Now lets face it, just about any AK mag on the market will get the job done, but if you are one of those folks who insist on the best, or, if like me, you just want a couple of really high-end AK mags in your bug out kit, then I encourage you to try the AK30 from U.S. PALM. About the mag... The US PALM ( Primary Armament and Logistics ), AK 30 Round Polymer Magazine, fits all AK-47 rifles that use detachable double-stack magazines. The AK30 is constructed of proprietary aerospace polymers developed by TangoDown. The US PALM AK30 is a cut above other AK-47 magazines with its purpose-built design and multiple unique features. The AK30's unique design began by eliminating the removable floor plate. This simple change inherently created a much stronger body without adding weight to the mag. This revolutionary design, paired with advanced polymers and reinforcement ridges throughout the mag, give the AK30 the strength to survive impacts that would destroy other magazines. After the magazine is molded, the body and end-cap are bonded together at the molecular level, so no disassembly is either possible or required. The AK30 has a unique low-friction semi-floating follower that is slotted to allow for easy magazine cleaning and hassle-free maintenance. Just dunk the magazine in hot soapy water, rinse and invert to drain. Dry contamination easily flows free through the vented follower design. The AK30 also features a chromium-silicon spring that is heat-treated, stress relieved, and US Mil-Spec corrosion-resistant coated. Life expectancy for this spring is 100,000+ cycles. The US PALM AK30 magazine represents a leap forward in AK-47 magazine technology: advanced polymer construction eliminates the need for metal feeds lips. The locking surfaces are reinforced by a stainless steel cage that has been molded into the entire top of the magazine to ensure reliability for years of trouble-free service further.From the factoryThe AK30 is constructed of proprietary aerospace polymers and sets itself apart from other polymer magazines with its purpose-built design and multiple unique features.
By eliminating the removable floor plate, we created a stronger design, a five-sided box. This revolutionary design, paired with our advanced polymers, gives the AK30 the strength it needs to survive impacts that would destroy other magazines. After the magazine is molded, the body and end-cap are bonded together, so no disassembly is possible or required. The AK30 has a unique low-friction semi-floating follower that is slotted to allow for easy cleaning and hassle-free maintenance. Just dunk the magazine in hot soapy water, rinse and invert to drain. Dry contamination easily flows free through the vented follower design. The AK30 also features a Mil-Spec spring that is heat-treated and stress-relieved.
Internal designInside, there is a lot going on! The locking surfaces are reinforced by a stainless steel cage that has been molded into the entire top of the magazine to ensure reliability for years of trouble-free service further. We purposely omitted to reinforce the feed-lips with metal, being as our polymer rebounds back to its original shape much more reliably than metal or metal-reinforced designs. When examined, the benefit of steel reinforced feed lips was found to be less desirable, as the two dissimilar materials, polymer and steel rebound and flex at differing rates. This can cause delamination between the two materials, which can create an environment for malfunctions. It was also observed that even though the AKM platform is field-proven and very robust, attempts at field repairing bent feed lips by end-users were unsuccessful.
External DesignOutside, our design team created a magazine that can be utilized by an operator in any environmental condition. The aggressive ridges on the front and rear allow a definite purchase when seating the AK30 into the rifle. The deep waffle pattern on the magazine sides assists in rapid extraction from magazine pouches and 100% positive manipulation within conditions beyond extreme. Every surface of the AK30 was given careful consideration to benefit the operator working in the harshest conditions on earth.
Platform SpecificsInitially designed to fit AKM-47 rifles that use detachable double-stack magazines, the AK30 has been successfully deployed in other makes and models similar to the AKM as well. We still advise users of mass-produced/domestically produced rifles to test their rifles for compatibility, as there exists an extensive set of “standards” to which rifles are manufactured, and in the rare occasion, the AK30 may be too dimensionally specific to accommodate for a full tolerance stacking issue.
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