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Magazines: survey of FAL magazines for markings

goon

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Thread necromancy.

Also, I’m interested in learning what’s collectible and what’s the best to hang on to for reliable service.
 

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I got some magazines recently and only 1 of them had a marking came here to find out what the "7000" Marking meant. Now I know.

Surprisingly it was the best condition of all of them. Had only dirt and debris to clean. The others had a good bit of rusting/pitting.
 

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Guys, maybe I'm being dumb, but how do I see the pictures? I have a bunch of new in wrap, still in factory case FAL
magazines and I'm going to sell some of them, but I'd like to figure out what they are. thanks for any help
 

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Guys, maybe I'm being dumb, but how do I see the pictures? I have a bunch of new in wrap, still in factory case FAL
magazines and I'm going to sell some of them, but I'd like to figure out what they are. thanks for any help
All the picture links are dead, making this thread practically useless. I also have some questions concerning mag parts that I'm sure this thread could answer if the pics worked.
 
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recently acquired some mystery magazines, thought I'd add to the resuscitation. Anyone still have the diagram for follower and/or baseplate types?

Mag #1 and Mag #2 -

Both of these are very similar, although one has a marking that is invisible on the other.

Unknown country of origin

Markings : Mag #1 has a stamped S on the back. Mag #2 has no obvious markings.
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Both have narrow, straight base tabs.
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Both have blued followers, with only 1 hole in the front. They also have slight circular manufacturing defects on the followers.
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Bodies are black enamel. they both have recesses for baseplate removal.

Rib/spines have a horizontal stake at ~70 mm above the bottom.

Baseplates are rectangular and non-protruding, with a small hole. The bottom indents do have a raised border around the outside.
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The latching lug on the back looks very unique, with a strange circle in them instead of a classic looking stake through the middle.
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Mag #3 -

Unknown country of origin

Markings : a distinct underlined U on the front. I suppose if you look at it horizontally it could also be IC
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Wide, tapered side tabs

Blued follower, with 3 holes total.
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Body is black enamel. It has the recess for baseplate removal.

Rib/spine has a horizontal stake at 75 mm above the bottom.

Baseplate has large circular hole and protrudes out the back. The indents on the bottom of the baseplate, for catching the body, are borderless.
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I believe this one is probably Belgian, with an interesting marking I've yet to read about.
 

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So this is smaller than the inch lugs, and different from the other metric mags I’ve seen.

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Was sold as a metric mag, given that it was cheap enough I took a shot on it.

What is it?
 

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I just bought a big old box of 20 round mags at a gun show. Half are unmarked inch mags, half are unmarked metric mags.

The inch mags appear serviceable but salty. Surface rust, scratches etc. look like typical well used military mags. No markings (yet) except for one with a dent and red painted floor plate that I think is Brit.

Metric mags look new, unused except for shelf wear. They appear to be paint over park with blued followers no witness holes.
They are covered, inside and out with a fine misting of sticky preserving oil. It looks factory applied.

The few I’ve tried for fit have been slightly loose in 4 different Lmt era dsa receivers. They kick out when released.

I can’t post photos. Any mag specialists out there willing to send me an email or cell number? I’ll send photos to post here to try and ID what I just dropped way too much on.

The story that came with them says they were Knob Creek purchases from the golden era of 5 and 10 dollar mags.
 

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I just bought a big old box of 20 round mags at a gun show. Half are unmarked inch mags, half are unmarked metric mags.

The inch mags appear serviceable but salty. Surface rust, scratches etc. look like typical well used military mags. No markings (yet) except for one with a dent and red painted floor plate that I think is Brit.

Metric mags look new, unused except for shelf wear. They appear to be paint over park with blued followers no witness holes.
They are covered, inside and out with a fine misting of sticky preserving oil. It looks factory applied.

The few I’ve tried for fit have been slightly loose in 4 different Lmt era dsa receivers. They kick out when released.

I can’t post photos. Any mag specialists out there willing to send me an email or cell number? I’ll send photos to post here to try and ID what I just dropped way too much on.

The story that came with them says they were Knob Creek purchases from the golden era of 5 and 10 dollar mags.
You can email me pics if you want and I can try to post them here.
 

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Thanks for posting those uncle story.
A lot of the earlier photos in the thread are gone.
I’m pretty sure through reading these are Belgian mags-
Anyone seeing it differently?
 

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Thanks for posting those uncle story.
A lot of the earlier photos in the thread are gone.
I’m pretty sure through reading these are Belgian mags-
Anyone seeing it differently?
I think Belgian too. I have some like that with black paint, blued followers, baseplates with small holes, wide tapered tabs at the bottom. I have one in that lot with straight tabs and the NATO stock number on the floorplate, and maybe a very faint X or crossed sabers on the spine.

I’ve got a bunch of reparked 20’s with assorted floorplates. Some floorplates are a little mangled, but the mag bodies seem OK. I’ll probably keep ten for myself and send the rest down the road next time I get a chance to sort them.
 
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