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How to load an AK-47 Drum Magazine

| How-To, Product Info | August 29, 2011

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 13

Once you understand the basic design concepts of the AK-47 Drum Magazine it will make the process of loading one extremely simple. The images will take you step by step through loading the Drum Mag and we have also included an instructional video on loading it.

***IMPORTANT***
Any time you open the drum’s cover to add / remove rounds or work on it in any way you need to release the spring tension first!
Be careful when pressing down on the spring’s tension release button! We recommend using an instrument that keeps your fingers away from the rotating metal prongs. If there is tension on the spring these prongs rotate fast and will cut you.

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO:

Step by step pictures for loading the AK Drum:

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 1

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 1


Step 1 – Release tension from the spring by pushing down center post. DO NOT USE YOUR FINGER! If you watch the video you will notice that we use the handle on a pair of metal scissors to press the tension release. The importance of not using your finger is that if there is tension two metal spurs will release quickly and rotate just below your finger. Chances are good those spurs will cut you.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 2

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 2


Step 2 – Locate the follower, in this picture the follower is located in the outer most ring of the drum. If you inspect the design of the drum you will notice there are three rings or levels that feed from the center out. Since the tension was released in step 1 it is now safe to use your finger. You will need to push down on the center post and start rotating the follower in a clockwise direction.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 3

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 3


Step 3 – Continue to press down on the tension release button and rotate the follower clockwise. You will notice it has entered the middle ring of the AK Drum in this picture.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 4

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 4


Step 4 – Continue the process above, the follower has entered the inner most ring, but has not seated itself yet.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 5

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 5


Step 5 – The follower has now come to a stop.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 6

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 6


Step 6 – This sounds stupid, but double check that the follower is fully seated.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 7

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 7


Step 7 – Load three rounds into the drum. Use the image as a reference for the location of those rounds. The first two rounds fit in the double slot and the third in it’s own private slot.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 8

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 8


Step 8 – Feed those rounds forward in a counter clockwise motion
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 9

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 9


Step 9 – Make sure you rotate all three rounds out of the drum rings!
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 10

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 10


Step 10 – Once those rounds are seated you will press down on the tension release button again and rotate the follower clockwise back into the fully seated position. Make sure the rounds do not come back into the drum. Once the follower is fully seated you will see there is a tab that actually blocks those three rounds from dropping back into the drum.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 11

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 11


Step 11 – Proceed by filling the outer most ring of the AK drum making sure not to skip any slots or wholes. If for any reason you did not want to fill the drum to capacity you could stop here and skip to step 14.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 12

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 12


Step 12 – Continue by filling all the slots located on the middle or second ring.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 13

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 13


Step 13 – Fill the inner most ring. You will notice that the follower takes the final position. Double check that your follower is acting as the final round and that drum looks like this.
 

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 14

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 14


Step 14 – With the final step you can choose one of two options. If you are planning on storing the drum you should only close the cover and snap the clasps shut. On the other hand if you are going to shoot your AK using the drum you will need to close the cover, snap the clasps shut, and start rotating the tension knob clockwise. Once you have the drum fully tensioned you are done.

NAA 22 LR Mini Revolver Belt Buckle Improvements

| How-To, Product Info | August 18, 2011

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The North American Arms 22 LR Mini Revolver Belt Buckle that we have pictured is very close to perfect. It makes a great carry option that is extremely quick and easily accessed. The belt buckle holds the NAA 22 LR Mini Revolver with a rear clasp that locks onto the included grips. This clasp offers a solid hold and eliminates the cumbersome front clasp the other buckle has.

As good as this belt buckle is, there was some room for improvement. The only issues we improved upon were the small amount of rattle that came from the button and the actual revolver contacting the buckle.

The three improvements we made to the buckle itself are:
1. Placed the smooth side of Velcro tape under the barrel.
2. Placed a small piece of electrical tape just behind the cylinder.
3. Most importantly the O-Ring on the back side of the button. I/D= 1/8″ O/D= 1/4″ Section= 1/16″

We made only one improvement to the grips. That was to smooth out a few of the burrs on the grip notch just to improve the fit and finish.

A few noteworthy bits of additional information:
1. This specific model is still available at some retailers, but it is getting harder to find. NAA has changed the mechanism to use a magnet now.
2. If you have an older model 22 LR Mini Revolver there is a good chance it will not fit properly. Things to look for to recognize older models would be; a smooth trigger, smaller and smoother hammer, and/or cylinder without safety grooves in it.

How-To check revolver timing

| How-To | August 4, 2011

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The process for checking the timing on a revolver is quite simple.

For this revolver timing demonstration video, we used a Colt Python, which is known for having some issues with keeping the timing right.

This is one of the things you should always check prior to purchasing a used revolver.

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