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Old May 20, 2007, 15:25   #51
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I have a metric mag with a white paint stripe around it with black paint over that. Type 1 side tabs. Follower is a 1 Trials mag in unfinished steel. Floor plate is a steel FN X2E1 marked OBO362. I have some good pics I can Email. I would swap this mag for a good inch mag if anyone wants it.
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Old May 20, 2007, 18:11   #52
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Old May 20, 2007, 20:15   #53
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What can you tell me about the mag?
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Old May 20, 2007, 22:13   #54
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The magazine belongs to the FN EX1 series rifles that Canada adopted in 1953 (they were the first country in the world to adopt the FAL rifle). The EX1 rifles were numbered OB001 through OB1700, the EX2 series picked up where they left off to OB2000. The magazine contract for these rifles amounted to 6,000 units, yours specifically was issued to rifle # OB0362.

I have built an EX1 from original parts (except receiver and a few small parts) and is rifle # OB1067. I would like to acquire the magazine for this rifle, if still possible.

Here is a picture of my rifle...


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Old September 22, 2007, 14:49   #55
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Strange mag base

I have one metric mag that has a completely different base arrangement - the body has lips the bend out and the base wraps around them and has a release button - hard to explain, but please see the pics and tell me if this is an unusual type.

Body, base and follower aer marked: 9600017 MTY 59







Exotic, or aftermarket junk?

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Old September 22, 2007, 19:42   #56
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Re: Strange mag base

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I have one metric mag that has a completely different base arrangement - the body has lips the bend out and the base wraps around them and has a release button - hard to explain, but please see the pics and tell me if this is an unusual type.

Body, base and follower aer marked: 9600017 MTY 59

[Exotic, or aftermarket junk?

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Your magazine is a British made L2A1 20 round mag manufactured by "The Mettoy Co. Ltd" in 1959. If it has a metric 'beak' then the magazine has been converted for use in a FAL rifle.

Quite a few magazines were converted in Rhodesia.
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Old September 22, 2007, 20:33   #57
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Thanks Kevin! That makes perfect sense, when I look at the latch area I can see the outline of the previous inch lug attach point.

This is WAY more fun than ARs...
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Old October 25, 2008, 12:39   #58
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I have identified most of my magazines, one though Im not so sure about. It has the number "7108" on the front about half an inch above the floor plate.

Most of the rest seem to be South African. I have one unmarked mag that must be from some South American country as it has a spanish name scratched in the side.
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Old June 21, 2009, 08:26   #59
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MAG COLLECTIBILITY

Are FAL mags collectible? Or are there so many of the commonly found ones out there that only a uniquely marked one would command a premium? How does swapping out the floorplates with "MADE IN USA" marked ones affect mag collectibility? Is a mag with the original floorplate worth more than one with the replacement floorplate?
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Old June 21, 2009, 22:50   #60
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I have identified most of my magazines, one though Im not so sure about. It has the number "7108" on the front about half an inch above the floor plate.

Most of the rest seem to be South African. I have one unmarked mag that must be from some South American country as it has a spanish name scratched in the side.
7108 is found on South African made mags, I have one marked '7711'.
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Old June 21, 2009, 23:03   #61
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Re: MAG COLLECTIBILITY

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Are FAL mags collectible? Or are there so many of the commonly found ones out there that only a uniquely marked one would command a premium? How does swapping out the floorplates with "MADE IN USA" marked ones affect mag collectibility? Is a mag with the original floorplate worth more than one with the replacement floorplate?
Yes some FAL mags are collectible in their original condition, the problem is like you said there are a lot of mags out there and generally people are unaware of what version of magazines they might have.

The earlier mags are collectible for serious collectors, if you want quality shooting mags then you would be better to get the latter mags that have wide tapered bottom tabs. These date from post 1961/2 onwards and all the kinks have been ironed out of the mags by then.

Personally for me (as a collector).... any mag with replaced US MADE parts is worthless. If its in original condition, then it would depend on what version/type of mag it is to determine the value of it.
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Old December 13, 2009, 11:38   #62
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Here's a couple photo's I took of the four mags I have; great thread. Being a neophyte FALaholic, I had no idea, there were a zillion different type mags! And thanks to Strike Penguin I discovered one and two are israeli marked on the side of mag body; no other marks found. #3 came with the imbel kit I'm currently putting together; my first build. Mags are kept in the same order in all photos. What a terrific site this is, a wealth of information. I hope my meager contribution is useful.




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Old December 13, 2009, 19:34   #63
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These are all marked Israeli, characters inside the oval.

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Old September 21, 2010, 08:55   #64
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I have 4 mags all are well used and have no markings but have standard FN followers and tapered lugs they have all got various amounts of the blued finish the guy I got them from recons they are Belgian made
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Old January 11, 2012, 11:52   #65
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I have ten metric magazines that came with two metric FALs.

Country of origin: Unknown, but both rifles were stamped with USA distributors (Laurel, MD & Secaucus, NJ). On the other hand, the original owner was a world traveller, so who knows where these mags came from?
Markings: None whatsoever that I can find on any of them.
Bottom Tabs: Tapered with narrow oval (#4 in original post photo)
Follower: Standard FAL-both ends of spring visible (#2 in post #17 photo)
Floor Plate: Three appear to have steel Israeli type 2 floor plates (bottom row, 2nd from left in diagram from post #35); the other seven have steel FN type 2 floorplates (top row, 3rd from left in diagram from post #35)

I noticed another subtle difference in the metric beak that might be hard to recognize without two side-by-side to compare. With the mag removed from the rifle, look at the beak from the muzzle point of view, not in profile from the top or side. The three Izzy mags have a semicircle outline in the sheet metal where the other seven have a conical outline.

All three Izzy mags have a flat, charcoal grey finish. (Is this "parkerized"?) The other seven have a satin black finish that more closely matches the rifle. Two of the Izzy mags are tight enough that they won't fall free from the rifle when I press the release. All but one of the others have enough play to pop out instantly, and that one falls out if I shake it.
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Old January 11, 2012, 13:26   #66
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How's going on ten years, Kevin? Only non-zombie/resurrection thread in history that is still alive.
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Old January 20, 2012, 21:42   #67
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Ok to still add/ask on this thread?

I f finally dug my mags out....

Reading and looking at the pics and diagrams on the 1st page:

I have some std stuff:
Some Stg 58's + 1 Austrian w/ no witness holes (SG) blued
Some G-1's w/ the 1005 number (CDNN) Lable says FN
3 nice Izzys w/ the YN mark (parked and painted) (SG)
Plus some of nice un marked mags (CDNN)


....and then this one: (the Mystery Mag)

Body has narrow straight tabs like a #2 but w/ a #3 base plate but the narrow oval of a # 4 base plate.

Grey Park - stamped w/ a "B" and a "C with a line above it" on the back.

It also seems to have a

3. German G1 FAL magazine follower

Any ideas what it might be and a date range?
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Old May 28, 2012, 20:40   #68
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This is one I found in my stash.
Standard metric pattern, front is stamped with the "UM" and "R-C 5-63", Rhodesian Constabulary, May '63?
It has an early German follower and unsure of the floorplate on it, overall about 85%.
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Old January 05, 2013, 23:11   #69
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I found a couple of interesting ones in a pile of mags I traded for today. There is one marked 'X2 E1', several with a sideways 'B' or a 'B' with a 'T' or a bar underneath the B, 2 converted inch mags, several metrics with an 'X' or 'I' on the spine, and 2 very nicely blued ones.

The blued mags have a shiny polished finish inside and out, some surface rust freckling, parked followers and floorplates, and no markings that I can find. The floorplates are different on each one so I'm wondering if they're Franken-mags.

I've got them taken apart and cleaning right now so I can't post pics. Can I get an answer on where the markings that I have found are from?

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Old January 15, 2013, 20:24   #70
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I just found the 10 new aluminum mags I bought here a few years back. There in a thick oily plastic bag that was sealed until a few minutes ago.
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Old January 17, 2013, 00:18   #71
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I'll throw my rock in the well.

I wish I could remember who I bought it from:

-Supposedly SA 30 rd. Parked, "Standard FAL" follwer. Larger tapered lips. I got the mag, and noticed the floor plate was in upside down. Take it out and turn it around, "Made in USA" . So no help on that front. Had a little of what I assume was the "baby poop". Very dark brown, but only one decent spot of it on the one side, which cracked, rubbed, and flaked off with use. No markings on the body or follower though.

- I have an Isreali mag I will dig out later.

-Supposedly Austrian mag that I got for a good deal at the gun show. No Markings, Standard follower, tapered floor-plate lips, steel FN type 2 floor-plate. Appears to have no park or bluing, just a slightly textured, eggshell finish black paint. Wore off really quick too on the edges, and where it contacts when inserting the mag.
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Old January 17, 2013, 12:58   #72
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Imbel Mag ID

Does anyone know how to differentiate an Imbel mag from the others?

How do they compare quality/dependability wise to the Belgian and Austrian mags?

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Old February 05, 2013, 17:36   #73
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X2 E1 Mag pics..







There is no evidence that this mag body ever had the big white stripe that I've seen on other EX1 mags, but it could have been refinished in the 70 years it's been floating around.

Do the floorplate and follower look like they're original pieces, or in the same time frame? I can't find any trace of a serial number, other than a '4' and a '5' below it on the spine, towards the bottom of the mag body.
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Old May 06, 2013, 12:33   #74
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Here are mine. All steel, purchased in South Africa, suspect they are recoated ex SANDF mags, re-manufactured by Panzer Logistics.

1: 7095
2: M inside a U R-C 10-68
3: M inside a U R-C 4-69
4: M inside a U
5: No markings at all, no grinding visible

Second shot, same order, all appear to be standard followers.



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Yes, another thread revival! I told you all I'm here to learn. So, with that said, "Any chance the pictures could be updated from decades past so I can figure out what magazines I have?"

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