I heard how good they are from all over the internet, not just on this forum.
My one complaint about the 96 has been that the round count is less than that of the 9mm models, but understandably, the larger diameter round takes up more space.
Anyway, I was able to get my hands on some factory 11 round magazines after the gun ban of 1994 was lifted. First thing I noticed was that they were about 1/8" longer than my factory 10 round magazine, and that it does not fit flush with the frame of the weapon. oh well. I don't mind. I got used to magazines sticking out the bottom while shooting competition with 1911s and having a 10 round single stack magazine.
several years ago, while cleaning my magazine, I had taken it apart to discover the follower had a giant plastic "plug" on the bottom of it when compared to the 9mm magazine followers, so I got out the hacksaw and cut that plastic tab off the bottom of the follower, and was now able to squeeze 12 rounds into my "11-round" factory mag. It works ok, however...when the 12th round is squeezed in, the sides of the magazine tube bulge out, and the mag requires some effort to fully install till it "clicks"
I just saw the Mec-Gar 13 round magazines and thought "more bullets are always better" and ordered one off gunbroker. It arrived and the first thing I noticed was that the dimensions were exactly the same as my "factory 11-round" magazine. and I asked myself, "how in the heck are they going to fit 13 rounds into the same size space that the factory says you can only squeeze 11?"
but they do!
AND it sits flush with the frame!!
Magazine on left is factory 11 round mag that I modified to hold 12, magazine on right is mec-gar that holds 13
So now I was REALLY looking at it, and trying to figure out how they get 13 rounds when the factory can only fit 10 rounds in a flush mag, and 11 in an extended mag. First thing I noticed, was that the tube itself is infact the same length as the factory 11 round mag, but the baseplate of the mag is thicker and shaped to give the appearance of a flush fitting mag when it's really not. so now I have established that it's the length of an 11 round mag....but still, how'd they fit 13!?!
then I noticed, that this Mec-Gar magazine lacks what EVERY factory Beretta magazine that I've ever seen has...the 2 little indendations at the bottom.
I know that when they needed to limit the 9mm mags to just 10 rounds, they did it by creating a crease just above those indendations and carried them the length of the mag tube, effectively turning a double stack mag into a "nearly single stack mag" It only makes sense that by eliminating those indentations, at you could increase magazine capacity a little bit.
anyway, initial impressions of this 13-round flush fitting mag are that it's an awesome piece, and now I wish I bought 2