Croatian BHO AK-47 Magazines

Yugoslavian BHO (Bolt Hold Open) magazines for the AK-47 used to be fairly widely available at reasonable prices. They have become harder to find lately and the prices have risen accordingly. Now it is appears there is a new option on the market for those who like the BHO functionality of these magazines.

croatian bho magazine

Apex Gun Parts is selling a new Croatian BHO magazine and it appears to a great value. These blued steel magazines modeled after the Yugoslavian BHO magazines and come in rust inhibiting packaging (not heavy cosmoline). At $10.95 each, they are more affordable than any Yugo mags I have seen recently, if they can even be found.

Check out the Croatian BHO AK-47 Magazines at Apex Gun Parts.

8 Responses to Croatian BHO AK-47 Magazines

  1. yankeezuluYankeeZulu July 24, 2014 at 20:29 #

    Does the bolt remain open during mag change-out?

    • Matt July 24, 2014 at 20:32 #

      No. It slams shut as soon as the mag is removed. The draw to these mags is that, since the AK has a ton of moving mass in the bolt, the bolt stopping on the follower is VERY noticeable. It basically allows you to tell when it is time to reload rather than waiting until you get the “click” on an empty chamber.

  2. yankeezulu July 24, 2014 at 21:58 #

    So there would be recoil spring pressure on the mag when the bolt is locked back, no? How does this effect mag removal?

    • Matt July 24, 2014 at 22:15 #

      I used Yugo BHO mags for years. It is a complete non-issue. I noticed no change in mag removal.

  3. yankeezulu July 24, 2014 at 22:20 #


  4. Mic July 24, 2014 at 22:48 #

    Would you be able to transfer the follwer to a different mag for the BHO perhaps? If not, U.S. Palm and Magpul, take note you should look into this for your AK mags. Just a thought from a paying customer.

    • Matt July 24, 2014 at 22:57 #

      It wouldn’t work. There are nubs inside most AK mags that prevent the follower from traveling high enough. However, there is a follower that will work on the market. Stay tuned.


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