Best AK Mags: steel-reinforced Bulgarian jobs are on the list

Who makes the best AK 47 magazines? We reckon Bulgarian AK mags are among the best you can get. That’s right — the ones from Bulgarian Magazines (the manufacturer).

Some manufacturers rise to the top because their products are proven and trusted. Bulgarian Magazines has done just that, and if you want evidence, watch this drop test video from KIMO365. It’s pretty impressive to see this 30-round, steel-reinforced AK47 magazine keep rolling after so much abuse. 

Even with a crack, it continues functioning thanks to the steel re-inforced feed lips! (And we’re pretty stoked that he got his mags through the Warehouse, just sayin’.)

This ain’t your babushka’s AK mag!

Bulgarian AK47 magazines
These AK47 magazines from Bulgaria are some of the best AK mags you can get.

AK-47 7.62x39mm 30-Round Reinforced Steel Lug Polymer Magazine

The front and rear lugs are steel reinforced too. Those reinforced lugs allow the user to get a better fit when the mag is inserted.

Bulgarian Magazines: AK-47 762 x 39mm 30-round polymer magazine with steel reinforced lug
These Bulgarian Magazines are reliable, tough, and long-lasting, just like your AK

Don’t believe us? The powers that be decided to hire a metrotactical knuckledragger to allow GMWH’s own Daniel Shaw to extoll their virtue. Take a watch:


Designed to mimic the look of classic Bakelite magazines, these mags are made of newer, high-strength polymer for greater durability and strength. The flat, anti-glare finish helps keep your rifle low profile. The constant-curve geometry and anti-tilt follower provide maximum reliability. 

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 30-Round Reinforced Steel Lug Polymer Magazine
Steel reinforcements on the front and rear locking lugs, as well as the feed lips, ensure all the major contact areas have the greatest possible wear resistance. 
Bulgarian AK Mags: Steel-reinforced AK47 magazines
A witness hole on the rear wall allows you to quickly check whether or not the magazine is fully loaded.

More Bulgarian AK Magazines

We’ve got several more Bulgarian Magazines for you to look at. Do you want something with a higher capacity than 30 rounds? We got it! Need something that complies with your state’s magazine capacity regulations? We’ve got you covered.

Need a mag for your AK-74? Check. Prefer steel mags over polymer? Got that too.

Oh, and there’s even a bonus mag. Keep reading! 


Bulgarian AK Mags: you know, from Bulgaria

Bulgarian AK-47 Magazines: USSR Heritage, Half a Century of AK Expertise, Amazing Value

Not all brands are created equal. Especially not when your brand is a country, as is the case with Bulgarian AK magazines…

They’re manufactured primarily at the ISD plant in Sophia, Bulgaria by workers and engineers who’ve spent a lifetime working with AK-pattern rifles, magazines, and accessories.

Bulgarian AK mags are guessed it, Bulgaria
Bulgarian AK mags are from…you guessed it, Bulgaria.

Among experienced shooters, Bulgarian polymer magazines are considered top-of-the-line, and even surplus Bulgarian steel magazines can be highly sought-after.

Bulgarian polymer mags feature a simple, slab-sided design with metal-lined feed lips and inserts that go down for up to 13 rounds. Bulgarian steel magazines also feature reinforced feed lips/upper area, with a ridged design for positive handling.

All Bulgarian magazines pass strict military testing for function, strength, sand/dust resistance, water, and temperature extremes. Each factory magazine comes with a certificate of proof that it’s passed each of these tests.

And on top of all that, Bulgarian steel magazines come with a lifetime warranty on function. Ride ‘em hard, put ‘em up wet. These are the magazines your AK REALLY wants…

Bulgarian AK-74 5.45×39mm 30-Round Reinforced Steel Lug Polymer Magazine

If you liked the mag we covered above, but you need it in 5.45 x 39mm for your AK-74, well here you go! These Bulgarian AK-74 magazines have many of the same features plus raised ribs along the front and rear for enhanced grip during reloads.

Bulgarian AK-74 5.45×39mm 30-Round Reinforced Steel Lug Polymer Magazine
They’re made from high-strength polymer in the classic style of Russian Bakelite magazines with a sleek, low-profile look that’s reminiscent of slab-side mags. The feed lips, front and rear locking lugs, and baseplate are all made with tempered steel for maximum durability.

You can expect consistent feeding with constant-curve internal geometry and anti-tilt followers with these rock-solid mags.

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 30-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 30-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine
With a sure-grip finish, steel-reinforced feed lips & internals, and a full 30-round capacity, these mags are notoriously reliable and rugged.
Bulgarian Magazines AK-46 7.62x39mm 30-round steel lined polymer
These are the gold standard for polymer AK mags and a perfect addition to any AK owner’s kit.

Bulgarian AK-74 5.45x39mm 30-Round Polymer Magazine

Bulgarian AK-74 5.45x39mm 30-Round Polymer Magazine
This polymer 30-round magazine is available in brown and black. 
Bulgarian Magazines - 30-round polymer for AK-74
It also has steel reinforced feed lips for your AK-74 rifle.

Bulgarian AK-74 5.45x39mm 30-Round magazine in black

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 40-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine

Increase your ARs capacity by another ten rounds with this baby. Slab side construction, sure-grip finish, steel-reinforced feed lips and internals, anti-tilt followers, and constant-curve internal geometry all work together for an ultra-reliable magazine. 

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 40-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine
Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 40-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine

These are some of the finest polymer magazines on the market, and they belong in every AK owner’s kit.


Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 10-Round Polymer Magazine

Sometimes you need a smaller capacity mag. This’ll fit the bill.

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 10-Round Polymer Magazine
These 10-round polymer slab side magazines are compact and lightweight, easy to tuck away, and ideal for bench rest/target shooting.

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 30-Round Steel Magazine

Prefer steel mags over polymer? We’ve got it covered. Check out these 30-rounders.

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 30-Round Steel Magazine
These Bulgarian all-steel magazines have a reputation for durable reliability through all kinds of wear and tear. Ribbed sides aid in handling and reloading.

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62×39 5-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine

These ultra-compact 5-round magazines can easily be tucked into your pocket or pack. They feature the same sure grip surface and steel-reinforced feed lips as larger Bulgarian rifle magazines. 

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39 5-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine
They’re ideal for hitting long-range shots from the bench or prone and can help your rifle comply with local hunting laws.

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 5-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine

We have another 5-round AK option— this one is a single-stack polymer magazine with steel-reinforced lips.

Bulgarian AK-47 7.62x39mm 5-Round Steel Lined Polymer Magazine
This Bulgarian 5-round AK-47 magazine may require some fitting to work with standard magazine wells.

Note: This magazine does NOT have standard 5-round magazine dimensions. It appears to be a blocked 10-round magazine with a roughly 5-round single-stack capacity.

Bulgarian Mag Bonus!

The Makarov is known as the AK-47 of pistols. Combining manageable recoil with slim design and solid stopping power, the Makarov has been getting the job done since shortly after World War II. The iconic standard-issue sidearm for Russian military & police forces for more than 65 years, they’re rough, reliable, and widespread. It remains a classic for collectors and civilian shooters.  

So, of course we carry Bulgarian mags for the Makarov.

Bulgarian Makarov 9x18mm 8-Round Factory Magazine

This is a factory, blued-steel, 8-round magazine made for the Makarov but it’ll also fit all the Russian, Chinese, and German clones. 

Bulgarian Makarov 9x18mm 8-Round Factory Magazine
Built from durable steel with steel internal springs, polymer followers, and impact-resistant polymer baseplates, these factory Bulgarian magazines are built to military specifications for long-lasting use in all 9×18 Makarov pistols.

These magazines are new in package and have been reported to work especially well with East German/PM Makarov pistols. These magazines can be hard to find new (especially at prices like these) so stock up while you can!

A History of AK Mags — Bakelite, Waffles, and Slabside

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Degh, Armenia
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