I didn't want to clutter my other post with too many questions, and this is a different issue.
My "new" Norinco has been modified to take AK magazines. It came with several, both plastic and metal. All of the magazines function properly (except one 10-rounder, that I can't get to seat AT ALL if it is loaded). However, getting them seated is really a hit-or-miss operation.
I've practiced, really, I have! Sometimes they go right in, snap-slap-bang! Sometimes they get misaligned and jam, but good! But usually, they just come right back out.
I've looked, and I can see why I have difficulty. The "catch" inside the receiver is fairly low-profile, and it is pretty far up inside there. There's just not a real positive physical feedback to let me know that the magazine is in position and ready to be pivoted into place.
It may take me 5 or 6 attempts to get a magazine seated, then I may be able to seat that same magazine properly 5 or 6 times in a row. It's the same on all of my magazines (except that pesky 10-rounder!) so it's not a magazine issue.
I know, maybe I'm just expecting too much from a gun that wasn't built to accept this magazine. But it would be nice if I had a better than 50% chance of successfully reloading in a high-pressure situation, y'know?