posted on Jun, 20 2007 @ 08:22 PM
There are two main 75 round drum manufacturers. They are the Chinese and Romanians. The chinese tend to be lower quality in my opinion.
If I remember correctly, to load the chinese drum, you remove the back cover and insert the ammunition, then replace the cover and wind the spring
with the key.
As for the Romanian drums, they are top loaded like a regular magazine, except you have to 'ratchet' a loading lever on the front of the drum every
time you insert a round. This process can wear out your thumb really quick. Anyways.
I have never used a chinese drum, but my romanian drum has works perfectly every time; no jams, no missfeeds, no problems other than a scorching hot
barrel when I'm done.
As for the AK-47 and AKM, the 47 is the original production model with a milled reciever, and the AKM is the modified model with the stamped reciever.
The AKM was the main assault rifle for the soviet union and satelite nations until it was replace with the AK-74, which was chambered for 5.45x 39
instead of 7.62x39. The 47s are still used in garrison and second line units, and some front line units.
[edit on 20-6-2007 by sockmonkey]