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    75 Round Romanian Top Loading AK Drum Magazine Review



    First thing's first––-who really needs a 75 round drum magazine?!?! Anyone who wants to have a lot fun, that's who!

    I picked these top loaders up from Apex about a month ago and the one in the video below was the one in the 'worst' condition but as you can see it's still in great shape for a surplus mag. There's a lot of controversy out on the forums about whether these are of Romanian or of Russian origin; I'll leave that to the magazine experts. I know they were issued to Romanian RPK gunners.... Other than that all I know is that they work well and there's lots of fun.

    Pros:
    -100% reliable in 4 rifles I've tried them in so far
    -Heavy (helps absorb recoil)
    -Capacity
    -Mil spec quality construction
    -Relatively inexpensive now (I got mine for $79, but over the years they've been over $120)
    -Great design; much easier to load than the wind up mags

    Cons:
    -Heavy (can be a pro or con depending on intended use)
    -Tough to load after 40 or 50 rounds

    Here's a video of me shooting a couple rounds through my Draco and then I break them down and cover some of the pros and cons.

    Drum Magazine Review Video Link

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    i need one for my incoming pap ak.
    heard the chinese type windups need re-winding.
    badazz rifle there too. digging the muzzle attachment
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    Quote Originally Posted by filthy phil View Post
    i need one for my incoming pap ak.
    heard the chinese type windups need re-winding.
    badazz rifle there too. digging the muzzle attachment
    As a general rule, you shouldn't leave the wind ups loaded and then depend on them for reliability---that's the big reason I went with the top loaders.

    I'm going to do up a review of that brake one of these days too; I like it a lot so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plouffedaddy View Post
    As a general rule, you shouldn't leave the wind ups loaded and then depend on them for reliability---that's the big reason I went with the top loaders.

    I'm going to do up a review of that brake one of these days too; I like it a lot so far.
    Please do, am looking at UAG for upcoming project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plouffedaddy View Post
    As a general rule, you shouldn't leave the wind ups loaded and then depend on them for reliability---that's the big reason I went with the top loaders.

    I'm going to do up a review of that brake one of these days too; I like it a lot so far.
    Um, you can leave Chinese mags loaded indefinitely--you just release the spring tension before loading. All you need to do is wind it up before use.

    I've had many of the top-loading Romanian drums but sold all of them off because they were hard to load and had function issues. I kept the Chinese drums purely for collection purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_M View Post
    Um, you can leave Chinese mags loaded indefinitely--you just release the spring tension before loading. All you need to do is wind it up before use.

    I've had many of the top-loading Romanian drums but sold all of them off because they were hard to load and had function issues. I kept the Chinese drums purely for collection purposes.

    Good to hear that about the Chinese drums; I just heard reports of poor reliability after leaving them but I read it on the internet so it must be true

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    Quote Originally Posted by plouffedaddy View Post
    Good to hear that about the Chinese drums; I just heard reports of poor reliability after leaving them but I read it on the internet so it must be true
    If you'd ever EXPERIENCED a Chinese drum, you'd be looking for a Delorean and a flux capacitor - to get back to 1992!


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    Quote Originally Posted by The_War_Wagon View Post
    If you'd ever EXPERIENCED a Chinese drum, you'd be looking for a Delorean and a flux capacitor - to get back to 1992!
    If you'd experienced FACEPALM after seeing someone about to bust a badass commmando move spill ALL of their RPK rounds on the ground... you'd be looking for a link to purchase an East Bloc Pattern Drum.


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    Good review.

    Now for a bit of a thread jack if the OP doesn't mind. To expand the conversation a little bit (and avoid starting another 75 rnd drum thread on the first page) how do you guys feel about usefulness of the 75 rd drum in general? I've been looking at them a bit the last few days and I'm curious. I was thinking about ordering one for the cool factor but I kept coming back to the facts that 1) its got to be heavy as hell in the gun and 2) while I would have to do mag changes; I can have three $12 surplus mags while saving myself sixty some odd dollars and have 15 more rounds to boot.

    So what say you. Must have tool? Fun range item but not for serious use? A complete and utter waste of money?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icculus View Post
    Good review.

    Now for a bit of a thread jack if the OP doesn't mind. To expand the conversation a little bit (and avoid starting another 75 rnd drum thread on the first page) how do you guys feel about usefulness of the 75 rd drum in general? I've been looking at them a bit the last few days and I'm curious. I was thinking about ordering one for the cool factor but I kept coming back to the facts that 1) its got to be heavy as hell in the gun and 2) while I would have to do mag changes; I can have three $12 surplus mags while saving myself sixty some odd dollars and have 15 more rounds to boot.

    1. It is heavy. Wouldn't want to carry it on a patrol but the weight helps follow up shot speed so there is an advantage there..

    2. Valid point.

    So what say you. Must have tool? Fun range item but not for serious use? A complete and utter waste of money?
    It's not must have---I've shot AKs for a long time before I ever had one and I don't feel like I missed out on anything. I think these ones are for serious use. These were standard military issue items---I'm sure many a RPK gunner thought they were pretty serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icculus View Post
    Good review.

    Now for a bit of a thread jack if the OP doesn't mind. To expand the conversation a little bit (and avoid starting another 75 rnd drum thread on the first page) how do you guys feel about usefulness of the 75 rd drum in general?
    There is very little usefulness for an individual rifleman. Why? For several reasons:
    -Increased weight (it's right in the COG of the rifle but still...)
    -Rattles like a motherF'r when you move
    -Increases the width of the rifle (rollover/urban prone is real fun when using a drum... Other manipulations can also be far more awkward)
    -Not as reliable

    When is it useful? In a static defensive positions/certain vehicle operations (and then only if you have one which operates correctly). It is noteworthy that the drum mags were originally intended for the RPK-47 and not the AK/AKM. What's more telling is that the drums were never made for the RPK-74 and they stuck to 40-rounders...

    Fun range item but not for serious use?
    Range/collection/making politicians angry. All of those uses are with merit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_M View Post
    Range/collection/making politicians angry. All of those uses are with merit.
    This is as good as a reason as i can think of to pick up a bunch of hi-caps
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    I had the opportunity to speak with a gentlemen who has seen combat in several Eastern European conflicts. On the topic of drums he state that he had no use for them as they were heavy and made a LOT of noise while moving.



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