U.S. Army Buys Nearly 600,000 Soviet AK-47 Magazines
Each fully loaded, magazines combined hold almost 18,000,000 rounds.
August 16, 2013
The U.S. Army is buying almost 600,000 Soviet AK-47 magazines, enough to hold nearly 18,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo which is not standard-issue for either the U.S. military or NATO.
A U.S. Army solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities site asks for approximately 592,825 new AK 30-round magazines.
The solicitation even refers to the magazines as being for “non-standard weapons.”
More specifically, they are for the AK-47 designed by the Soviet Union at the start of the Cold War, which is now commonly used by opposition forces in proxy wars around the world.
This magazine order is an astronomical amount.
Assuming an individual, unloaded magazine weight of 0.95 pounds, all of these magazines combined weigh more than the operating weight of a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest aircraft in the world.
The C-5 Galaxy wouldn’t even be able to carry all of these magazines. Two trips would be necessary.