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....me neither, but I would buy either a mec-gar for shooting, or even more for what you want, get some VOPO mags, they are good quality.

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Mec-Gar magazines have worked well in all my Lugers, and they are not too expensive. I find them at gunshows for $18.00 - $30.00 in new or like-new condition. I see them on eBay also. They have a concentric-ring plastic bottom which is mechanically sound, but for a couple of my dressier Imperial shooters I have replaced the plastic bottoms with good quality wood bottoms.

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Thanks to all for the info. Do the Vopo magazines have a plain black plastic bottom? any markings and are they blue or in the white? I may already have one that I thought was a repro.

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To tell the truth, I am unsure if they also had the plastic, as I was thinking they were aluminum, but I have been wrong before? Others??
 

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Hi,

The VoPo magazines are basically the normal Haenel-Schmeisser extruded type magazines, but with a base made out of 'grauguss', a sort of soft, cheap metal also used for toy cars. (can't recall the proper English phrase for the stuff).

As the Haenel plant ended up on the wrong side of the border in what later would be DDR-land, the site was set up to produce for the Eastern-German government. Besides the production of the magazines, they produced barrels, reworked P08's and produced a Walther PP/PPK version, known als the 'Pistole 1001'.

The '1001' code found on VoPo mags is the 4-digit company code for Haenel, btw.
 

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Patrick,

Nice :) It will discolor to a more dullish grey than the alu magbases do.
 

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Some time after German re-unification, I spent quite a while trying to find out what had happened to the East German extrusion tooling for their VoPo mags. All that´s left of Haenel is now part of the hunting rifle co-operative in Suhl, Thuringia, and no one seems to be in charge. I can hardly imagine that the tooling isn´t still hidden away somewhere.

Apart from that, I would think that making new extruded mags would be cheaper than the stamped tin ones made by Mec Gar.
 

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Hi Patrick,

Sad to hear it. Perhaps it's a good idea to keep track of the local scrap metal and used machine dealer. DWM, for example, stashed a number of their production machines at several scrapyards following WW1 and the inter-allied commission problems. Once the heat was off, they simply returned the machinery to the plants and used them again.

It wouldn't surprise me if someone, somewhere, bought some of the Haenel machinery, tools and parts, just like you assume.
 
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