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Discussion Starter #1
This is something new. Can anyone describe
the coloration and the reasoning for the
'Plum' color?

Ed
 
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Discussion Starter #4
I had recently browsed upon some AR mags
for sale and there was a drop down for color
selection. 'Plum' just happed to be one of the
colors. Never seen that before, thus the ??

Ed
 
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Discussion Starter #5
I dont think there is any other difference besides the fact of it being a different color. For instance take the Bulgarian AK plum color mags, they are exactly the same as black just a different color.

I think its just a marketing thing.
 
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Discussion Starter #6
We used to use electrical tape to color code out mags in the army, depending on load out.. i.e. tracer vice non-tracer.. That would be the only useful purpose I could think of....
 
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Discussion Starter #8
Sorry ArmyGuy, no got!

I did not save, nor do I remember
the seller of the mags or their web
site.

Ed
 
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Discussion Starter #14
I am aware of the scarcity of the AK mag
in the Plum color.

Perhaps the AR mag will jump out some day
while I am online and show itself.

Goooooooooogle sure does nothing for it.

Ed
 
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Discussion Starter #15
I am aware of the scarcity of the AK mag
in the Plum color.

Perhaps the AR mag will jump out some day
while I am online and show itself.

Goooooooooogle sure does nothing for it.

Ed

I think the black AK mags are more scarce then the plum. I had to order plum and O.D green because they had no black in stock..

 
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I think the black AK mags are more scarce then the plum. I had to order plum and O.D green because they had no black in stock..

Black AK mags are easy to find, in 5.45.....the reason for the 'Russian plum' was they hadn't figured out the way to make black bakelite that was as hard as the orange and red bakelites. So plum was the resulting color that met the standards and as close to black as possible. Now with better technology, black polymer is easy to make strong, ever wonder why all these black polymer accessories are all over the place within the last 10 years....some of the early M16 furniture was a slightly 'plum' color (remember it was bakelite, just like the Germans made for the Kar98K and STG44), till polymer came available.
 
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Well one of the reasons I was thinking is that to get the color black in plastics and foam they use carbon black as an aditive to the chemical and I do know that carbon black is very abrasive to injected molding equipment. A company I worked for we made a black rear seat headrest for the Dodge Dakota and the poly had carbon black in it and it was very hard on the pumps and pour head. The companies making the magazines might sell the other colors because they might not be so hard on their machinery. Just my .02
 
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