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Solar Tactical AK47 MFER

9/5/12 - The AK47 MFER (Magazine Funnel, Enhanced Reload) from Solar Tactical is a magazine funnel/guide for the AKM pattern series of weapons that guides the magazine into place during reloads, enabling a faster and more positive magazine reload.

MFER - The AK series of weapons doesn't have a magazine well like the AR15 to guide the magazine into place. The bottom of the receiver is flat, and not very conducive to providing any kind of guidance for the top of the magazine. I've fumbled AK magazine reloads from missing the opening in haste, and I'm sure many AK users have as well. Purists may balk at putting a mag funnel on an AK, but I'm not one of them.

The MFER is a polymer magazine funnel that installs onto the host weapon with no modifications to the weapon. It provides a magazine funnel around the magazine opening in the bottom of the receiver to help guide the magazine should it be misaligned. The inside walls of the funnel are angled towards to receiver opening. The MFER is designed to fit all AKM pattern AK47-style rifles along with 7.62 Saigas. It will not fit the standard Yugo pattern AK. Solar Tactical is a California-based business, so it follows that the MFER also works in conjunction with the Solar Tactical AK series California magazine lock.

Installing the MFER is simple. The MFER attaches by catching the front lip on the receiver at the front of the magazine opening with a stainless steel clip. The MFER is spread at the rear over the trigger guard and rotated forward. The clip is engaged while pushing the MFER forward and down. I tapped it lightly with a plastic mallet to seat it, as I couldn't do it by finger pressure alone. The rear of the MFER secures around the trigger guard and the two small stainless steel screws and nuts are then installed with thread locker. Care must be taken not to overtighten the screws. The MFER installed on my Hungarian AK without any issues.



MFER bottom

MFER top

Front lip

MFER clip hooked onto front lip

 

Trying the MFER out with different magazines, I did find that the US Palm AK30 was very tight in the MFER; it was very hard to rock back and engage the mag release catch. I took a closer look at what was happening, and saw that the top horizontal strengthening rib (waffle pattern) on the outside of the AK30 was pressing up against the inside bevel of the funnel. It was flexing the MFER outwards as the magazine was rocked back, and preventing the magazine from being fully seated.

I didn't want to limit myself to steel AK magazines so I decided to modify the MFER, since I use the US Palm magazines frequently. I used a dremel and relieved the inside of the funnel, as shown in the photo below (red arrows). I created more clearance on the sides, then beveled the step so that there was still an angled transition to the magazine opening in the receiver. This modification did not affect the way the steel or bakelite magazines were guided in, or adversely affect the MFER. I'm now able to use all of my mags with the MFER.

The MFER does make a difference when reloading as it does its job to guide the top of the magazine into the opening, making it easier to insert the magazine than without it. It's an inexpensive enhancement to the rifle.

 


MFER installed



Metal mag

Bakelite mag

Relieved for US Palm

US Palm AK30

 

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