Originally Posted by Virginia58
I did some more research on Tripp, Wilson, Colt and McCormick mags today and gave the folks at Tripp a call. Talked to Sherry there and after a short discussion decided to give them a try. Ordered 5 mags (little price break) and should have them to try out sometime next week. Thanks to everyone for the sage advice. Cane - The Tripp tip seems dead on. Can't wait to try them out with several types of ammo. As for the snakes...kinda like Indiana Jones, don't like em. The only pic I can warm up to is the one that spits .45.
Virginia58, glad to help. I'm sold on Tripp's quality, wait until you get them in your hands. I defy you to find the weld on the mag tube.
In the photo below you will see the Wilson Combat EMT p/n 500B (Black) .45 ACP, 8 RD. ETM Tactical Magazine, Price: $36.95 (p/n 500 stainless $34.95)
THE WILSON COMBATŪ ELITE TACTICAL MAGAZINE
sandwiched by two Tripp Research Cobra Mags p/n 8R-45-RG .45 ACP, 8 RD. Magazine, Price: $32.95 (photo shows mags with optional alloy base pad)
trippresearch.com Online Store 1911 Magazines
Notice not only the quality of the welds but the fit and finish of the final product.
I have found one downside while handling the Cobra Mag. Not to worry, Cane has found the issue, felt the pain and by passing along the "fix" should save you from his embarrassment!
My ego demands I set up the discovery of this issue.
First I will explain this from a 2nd grader on Christmas morning mentality. The wait for my CCG 460 Rowland kit to get to me had my anticipation so high that experience and training went right out the door! I assembled the gun and headed straight to the range. I forgot everything but the ammo. My range bag (with tools, targets and mag loader ; http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f14/make-your-life-little-eaiser-10558/#post67995
) As I started to empty mags at the range it started to draw attention to my hand cannon. This only feed to my hyperactivity! During my frantic hand reloading I was completely oblivious to the Cobra Mag’s machined feed lips and managed to slice the fingerprint off my strong side thumb. I never felt the cut and didn’t even notice it until there was sufficient blood smeared all over the Colt! Either the curious range spectators didn’t see the blood, or thought with the perverse look on my face while wielding that hand cannon it was healthier not to mention it to me! I think the latter is the case.
Second, is the explanation from a seasoned design and test engineer’s view point. (that I obviously forgot to take with me along with the range bag) If you have never held a Tripp Research Cobra Mag in your grubby little paws you have not experienced the superb quality *note; this may be an engineering thingie* of this product. Even to the layman this quality is apparent, but to an experienced 1911 shooter it jumps out at you! To an engineer it’s ……….well I won’t go there! Part of this quality is the CNC machined feed lips. Closer tolerances mean sharper surfaces and not just from shear presses. Ignoring this fact will get you cut. Being aware will save you my embarrassment!
To most magazine manufactures’ this is a caveman simple, necessary sheet metal product that begs for mass production and cost cutting measures. And why not? They supply a product to an uneducated and accepting market. It’s not our fault; this technology has not been available to the masses due to cost. More experienced/professional shooters knew and they (or their smith) tweaked their competition mags to a higher performance level. To the rest of us the product continued to be built with little new technology applied since its introduction in the 1890’s. Again, another complement to the brilliant genius of JM Browning!
Here's a hint: these are the phone numbers:
Tripp Research and ask for Virgil Tripp: (432) 837-9445
Wilson Combat and ask for Bill Wilson: (870) 545-3635 I provided the # because it is near impossible to find on their site.
Make the call and have them sell you their product. That call will tell you a lot about the company!
And tell them you saw their products here on FTF and canebrake is watching them!
Go back to post # 7 and see what sarge said.
If you are considering the purchase of new mags for your 1911, do your self a favor and try one of the Tripp Cobra Mags. I think it will open your eyes!
IMHO, they're going to replace the standard in 1911 mags, they are
I am writing an evaluation for the Cobra Mag and will post when I get a lot more rounds down range.
Stay tuned, film at 11:00.