The waffle vs bullet bulgarian debate is merely a sales and pricing tactic.
The waffle mags are known to damage the projectile tips at times as even though they are milspec the springs come weak from the factory and allow the tips to dip down and glance off the steel. They do however come from circle 10.
The bullet mags do in fact have full steel reinforcement. Lips, plate adapter etc. They have been in production for over a decade. Our dealer seems to think two decades, but not.
This misconception has been played on for quite some time to the tune of profit. The milspec waffle mags are lower distributor cost than the bullet. There is less margin on the bullet, and by slandering it they get away with 5-10 dollars more selling a waffle, and the cost to them is less than a waffle. Allows for a double profit dip on both ends.
The fact is both work just fine.
Must have been older ones or first generation of the production. The new bullet mags have two holes in the top just like the waffles and you can see the steel lips above the follower when empty as well as see the steel in the two holes. On these the first thing I did was try to break the tabs off and they wouldn't nick or budge. I was leery at first too, but these held up to the beating just fine.I Don't know about all, but I know for a FACT that atleast some of the AK47 bulgarian mags with the outline of rounds on the side do NOT have steel renforced feedlips.
This is my bulgarian mags the bullet design. The feedlip broke while i was doing fast reload i kinda of yank it a bit hard.I Don't know about all, but I know for a FACT that atleast some of the AK47 bulgarian mags with the outline of rounds on the side do NOT have steel renforced feedlips.
I've seen it when they break.
BTW, the projectile tip dammage is from the AK... not the mags.
ETA: The new generation Tapco mags are alot better (Than the first gen) but the jury's still out.