|HiCap's Large Capacity Magazines
About a month ago I caught wind that some one was producing
large capacity magazines for the AK-74
I was a
little skeptical so I checked it out, and contacted
the person who was supposedly making these, a fellow
who goes by the alias HiCap on the AK47 message board.
He informed me that yes it was in fact true, but I was
still kind of skeptical so I offered to try a few of
the designs out. I also asked how these magazines where
produced to make sure they where legal, he cuts up sections
of pre-ban magazines and attaches them together with
pieces of sheet metal. Basically, as HiCap puts it,
you turn two pre-ban magazines into one large pre-ban
Here is a link to the BATF approval letter:
here to goto the letter
UPDATE: HiCap no longer
produces these so dont ask how to find them.
|HiCap sent me the following types
of magazines(all are pictured below):
15 Round AK-74 magazine
20 Round AK-74 magazine
45 Round AK-74 magazine
50 Round AK-74 magazine
55 Round AK-74 magazine
They came packaged in a medium size boxed that was
unmarked, a good thing because it keeps are curious
friends at the shipping companies from "borrowing"
things. When I opened it I noticed that there was plenty
of packaging to protect from shipping damage, also each
magazine was individually wrapped in factory packaging.
Once I separated the magazines from the packaging I
was amazed how good the magazines looked, they where
seamless! They looked completely original, I was expecting
to see seams from where the magazines where connected
together but there was nothing.
Next I brought out my SAR-2 and test fitted every magazine,
they locked into place and released with no problems.
A week later I loaded up all the magazines because the
next morning I was going to get a chance to test fire
them. Each magazine loaded up to the capacity as advertised,
each round went in flawlessly.
That morning I met up with some of the guys from the
AK47 message boards for a small central Texas shoot.
They where very surprised as I was that no seams could
be seen on the magazine. I then loaded up the 55 round
magazine and started to squeeze them off aimed shots
as fast as I could, well at least until the owner came
out and informed us we could not rapid fire. This kind
of ticked me off because there where no signs any where
and those that have been in the past where allowed to
rapid fire. Regardless I got to cycle through all the
magazines two or three times and they all functioned
flawlessly with the except of two. The 15 round and
20 round magazines developed a large gap, though even
with this gap they functioned just fine. Upon returning
home I informed HiCap the 15 and 20 round magazine had
problems. Because of this he decided to not produce
the any more 15 and 20 round magazines. HiCap mentioned
that he had only produced them because a few people
wanted them even after warning them that this might
happen because the short magazines don't have enough
surface space for the adhesives to hold together, but
so far mine where the only ones to spit. (As of now
NONE of his magazines have had this happen, and if they
do split, or any other problem, he guarantees a free
UPDATE: I was recently sent a Mark II prototype of
the new 15 and 20 round magazines that are manufactured
differently, I fully loaded them and let them sit for
2 weeks and they have not developed cracks, the problem
appears to have been solved.
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