Thanks for the response. Two additional questions. I understand that the E. German bakelite mags could be modified. Any idea if anyone is currently selling them?
Also, Century Arms has 2 mags for .223 AK's on their webite. One is for the WASR 3. The other is for a steel German 30 rd. Anyone know if either of these will fit a Norinco .223?
The WASR # mag *is* a modified E.G. bakelite -that is what the guns were sold with. It will work in a Norinco 84S -I've made up half a dozen I use in mine.
The german steel mag is a E.G "Wieger" mag. while a great mag -it will NOT work in your norinco becasue it won't fit the mag well. the front of a norinco 84S mag well is "stepped" down in width at the front -the wieger is too wide to go in as a result. Th mag well front could be widened and thne these mags used -I would not recommend doing that unless you come up with a number of the Weigers to justify doing so.
I'd look to getting the original chinese mags -you see them around reasonably at times. and/or use modified E.G bakelites.
FWIW, I think the bakelites work better than the factory mags.
There is a Bulgarian .223 AK mag to be had that works okay. Good mags, but often a bit tight for use, requiring a little tweeking.
P.S -I've posted it often, but basically: The E.G bakelite mod involves dremeling the "stop" ledge INSIDE of the mag body to allow the follower to rise just short of 1/4" higher. Then, the "down angle" of the front of the follower needs to be straightened -metal ones bended, plastic softened via heat. Sometimes the TOP of the feed lips need to be flattened a little till the mag locks in place. That's it.