Last weekend my wife and I made a trip to the camp where I fired off a few rounds from the AR15, AK47 and the FN/FAL.
Some people consider it a sin not to clean your firearms immediately after you get home from the range. But on that day the grandkids were over. I did not want the kids messing around while I was trying to clean my rifles. So I decided to wait a few days before cleaning.
The house is quiet today, so I decided to clean my rifles while none of the grandkids are running around.
While I was going over the AK (its a WASR-10), I noticed how much little pieces of rust were building up here and there. The magazine (around 15 years old) is developing rust on it. This is a Chinese made AK47 magazine that I bought sometime in the mid – late 1990s. Well, I bought a lot of AK mags, but we using this one as an example. Just about all of my AK mags have some kind of rust on them.
The WASR-10 is my second AK-47. My first AK was a Maadi and it “somehow” disappeared when my exwife and I divorced. Aint it funny how things just disappear?
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Long Term Magazine Storage
One of the problems with my AK mags, is that they have started to rust. Steel rust, that is just the way it is.
Just about all of my AK mags have a rather cheap coating on them. To help prevent the rust, I took a wire wheel on the grinder, buffed the rust off along with the magazine coating and painted the mag with rust-oleum.
Lets say you have 3 or 4 AKs and several dozen magazines. Get ready to spend a weekend buffing and painting mags.
Instead of painting the mags, you could treat them for true long term storage.
Back in the mid-1990s, some buddies of mine and I took 2 – 3 mags for every firearm we owned, coated the mags with wheel bearing grease, put the magazines into a heavy duty plastic bag, then put the bag into a second bag. Over the past 15 or so years the wheel bearing grease has seeped through the 2 layers of plastic bags and is leching on the outside of the bag. When you grab the bag, your fingers are left with a grease residue. But on the good side, the magazines are not developing rust.