Project AK Mag Rescue
This is a discussion on Project AK Mag Rescue within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Disclaimer: Yes, It might been cheaper to buy them already in good shape, but I did it for fun.
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August 2nd, 2008 12:57 PM
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August 2nd, 2008 01:14 PM
Good job, I think I am going to do the same thing you did. I was thinking about cold-blueing the Mags after the rust is removed. I am glad to see you were able to restore them. I was worried if the springs and followers would be in working order. Have you tested them?
August 2nd, 2008 02:03 PM
Yes and they work fine. I was initially more worried about the springs than anything but amazingly all of them were almost perfect.
Three of the mags had body trouble. The one I mentioned with a small dent and the other two had rust creep in between the mag lips and the body so they have a comb of sorts also impeding the follower to go all the way up.
My guess is that this mags were left in a wet basement somewhere and nobody wanted to spend the time and money to fix them.
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August 2nd, 2008 02:35 PM
Those mags looked just like their "protective rust coating" that was on the last batch of G kits they sold about 2 months ago. Look pretty good considering what you started with.
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August 2nd, 2008 03:31 PM
Buy a bottle of Muriatic Acid (Also Known As Hydrochloric) - Hardware Store item.
Used as a concrete etcher and brick cleaning acid.
This is BEST done OUTDOORS.
Wear eye protection just in case you splash.
Pop all of your rusty parts into the acid and just let them stay in there for awhile. Use a Stainless steel - glass - or plastic container. Rubbermaid should work OK.
Use rubber gloves and remove the parts.
Rinse them with the hose or in a bucket of water.
Dry the parts
The acid will remove all of the rust (even out of the pits - and also the original black oxide finish or blue.
Buy a wire brush wheel and a mandrel...put that on an old washing machine motor or similar type motor.
Then just wire brush them.
If there are any remaining traces of rust...pop them back into the acid for a few minutes then repeat.
They will be like brushed new bare metal but, will rust again quickly unless you coat them right away.
You can Duracoat them on the exterior the floor plares and the followers and then Break Free the interiors.
You should never acid bath springs. They will break when you try to use them.
You should replace those anyway if they show any sign of rust.
I am a FIRM believer in letting the acid do all of the rust removal on metal parts for me.
When you are all done you can neutralize the acid by dumping a few boxes of baking soda into it (it will FOAM UP like crazy) and then just dump it down the drain or into the sewer.
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August 5th, 2008 04:48 PM
Interesting read. That's for sharing, they look good now!
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