Why Are Ammo Magazines Curved?

Cash My Guns buys a wide array of firearms including handguns, rifles, and shotguns. A distinct feature you’ll notice on some semi-automatic models is a curved ammunition magazine.

So why are gun magazines curved? It has to do with the way bullets and their cartridges naturally nest within the magazine. Cartridges that are even slightly conical in shape are not able to sit perfectly straight, as depicted in the diagram we mocked up below. In addition, tapered bullets play a role in the configuration.

All of this adds up to a reliable feeding source for ammunition! Now you know. This YouTube video also explains this phenomenon well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuch_mRifto

Curved Magazine on an AK-47

Do you have a firearm with detachable magazines? We would love to take it off your hands if you are no longer using it. In some cases, we will offer a higher dollar amount if you have high-quality magazines compatible with your model gun. If anything, shoot us an email at [email protected] or give us a ring at (775) 432-6006 to chat with us about selling your firearm.