WeaponTech AK47 followers fit virtually all models and makes of AK47 magazines. The handy invention replaces the traditional AK47 follower greatly enhancing the rifle’s ease of use. AK-47 rifles, like all major weapons systems, are very polarizing, but one thing that most AK-47 owners will agree on is that the lack of a last-round bolt hold-open is aggravating, as well as potentially dangerous. The last thing anyone wants to hear when they pull the trigger and expect to hear bang is to instead hear the dreaded click. This device eliminates such a condition.
I was first turned onto these while watching a YouTube video, and quickly found that Primary Arms and AK47-74 Operators Union‘s websites both sell them. So I figured, why not take a $14.95 gamble and try them out? I mean, last time I ordered pizza I wasted that much with zero satisfaction. So a few quick clicks of the mouse, and I had helped fellow Polish-American and Veteran “RobSki” advance his small business. I waited patiently for them to arrive. When they showed up, I set to work replacing one of my standard magazine’s followers.
I disassembled the magazine using a screwdriver and a pair of needle nose pliers. I was careful to note the orientation of the original follower so I could ensure the spring was in the correct position during reassembly. Installation was a snap and once the spring was secured correctly, I reassembled the magazine and loaded it. I used my Maglula magazine tool and inserted 30 rounds of Wolf full metal jacketed ammunition. All 30 rounds were loaded without any binding or issues. I then used the same tool to unload the magazine before trying its fit and function in my Polish AK-47. If there was a problem with the follower or the seating of the magazine it was best to try it on an empty magazine first.
I loaded the empty magazine into my AKM and retracted the bolt fully and released it. I heard a loud clang as the bolt stopped solidly on the back of the new follower. It’s important to note that once you release the magazine, the bolt does go forward into battery. It should be expected, but it has to be said. I inspected the follower and it seemed fine, so I repeated the test 20 more times just to see if any marring was occurring on the follower pin or on the follower itself.
No damage or wear was noticed at all. I intend to test these followers out soon with the help of a nice Alaskan river or stream. The body of the follower is some sort of plastic composite, so it will be interesting to see how it holds up to longterm use and abuse. I have some plans that may include freezing two magazines in a bucket of water and seeing how the follower functions compared to a standard steel follower. Lets just say I have plans for these and it won’t be easy testing I promise.
I have contacted the company to see if they are making these followers for the 5.45mm AK rifles as well. So far no one has confirmed if WeaponTech has any intention of offering then for 5.45mm AK Rifles. In the meantime, If you own AK style rifles, take a gamble and invest you $14.95 into maybe making your AK rifle a little more user friendly. Links to vendors are found below.
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