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Sarge
November 17, 2012, 08:32 PM
My WASR-10 has proven to be an excellent shooter and I decided I was going to use it for Missouri's firearms deer season. MO requires that any firearm used for that purpose be limited to a maximum capacity of 10 + 1 rounds. A couple of weeks before the season opened, I searched a gun show & called my local gun/pawn shops in search of a 10 round 7.62x39 mag. One of the gun shops had one, so I picked it up & headed home thinking my problem was solved. Not so much... it turned out to be a SAR-3 mag for .223. Just my luck.

Now the simple thing would be to order a 10 round mag, from Brownells; but I wanted to add some things to the order and of course it was too late to get it by opening day, anyhow. What I did have was several eight-buck Tapco mags and some Yankee ingenuity. I tore one of them down, got out my Jethro Bodine cipherin' tablet and arrived at the conclusion that the 3rd rib on the magazine would be 10 rounds or less. Then I drilled a 3/16" hole through the mag body, reinstalled the guts and plugged a brass machine screw into the hole, installed two nuts and cut the screw off flush with them. A little blue Loctite keeps the works in place for the time being.

The result was a 7 round magazine that works fine. The brass screw makes it easy to show Mr. Possum Cop that the evil Commie rifle is in fact legal and suitable for slaying the King's deer.

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x187/SargeMO/AkMagMod.jpg

After hunting season passes, I'll remove the screw and have my 30 round mag back. A couple of wraps of electrical tape will cover the holes & keep earwigs and gremlins out of my magazine.

Chipperman
November 21, 2012, 02:08 PM
Nice job. Simple and effective.

I especially like the irony of someone from Missouri referring to himself as a "Yankee". :D

schnarrgj
November 21, 2012, 06:23 PM
With my ARs, I trimmed a dowel and put it in the base so only 9 or 10 rounds would fit in before the dowel stopped any more rounds could be inserted. This year got a couple 10 round flush mags.

scsov509
November 21, 2012, 06:25 PM
I tell you, for all the things I dislike about living in the State of Washington, I do appreciate that we have no such restrictions on magazine capacity. :D

Sarge
November 21, 2012, 06:30 PM
Nice job. Simple and effective.

I especially like the irony of someone from Missouri referring to himself as a "Yankee".

Didn't say I was one, Chip... but I can whistle a little of the Battle Hymn when there's some benefit in it ;)

jimbob86
November 21, 2012, 06:30 PM
I've seen guys put a wood plug in the bottom of SKS magazines, to limit them to 5 rounds (6 being the limit in Nebraska).

plouffedaddy
November 21, 2012, 10:38 PM
The brass screw makes it easy to show Mr. Possum Cop that the evil Commie rifle is in fact legal and suitable for slaying the King's deer.

I don't think it could be said better.