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Joshua M. Smith 01-31-2012 09:48 PM

Tripp Conversions Came Yesterday!
Hi Folks,

I had been having trouble feeding truncated cone hardcast

that had been feeding perfectly last summer. All other profiles from ball to hollowpoint fed fine. The couple wadcutters I had on hand showed no problems either.

In looking things over and double-checking with folks at other sites I figured the magazine springs should be replaced first as there are less than 500 rounds on the 18.5lb recoil spring.

Tripp hybrid conversion kits came yesterday.
These are just awesome!

The followers are hybrid and are of high quality.

I only had one bobble with the feeding - the first time I charged manually from slide stop. I pulled the slide back fully and it rode up fine.

I wouldn't mind finding a wadcutter profile bullet mold, but I really like this truncated cone style and want it to feed perfectly again.

The recoil spring still looks to be in good shape. The reloads may need a bumped powder charge, but the empties are ejecting in a textbook fashion, about 6' to my 4 o'clock.

I'm waiting on a Lee trimmer to get here to check all my cases, but they should all be in spec. I just can't see a .45acp case growing that much! I'll play with the handloads after casting new bullets.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the Tripp conversions. Might have to spring for a Cobra mag to help feed these TC bullets as I've read they're more inline than other mags. We will see. I've never seen anything feed quite this slick before -- including my much-loved tapered-lip GI mag with GI hardball! I consider that the supreme setup for hardball use, so that says a lot!

I wish I'd not waited this long to order. Now if the spring life proves good, I'll convert my practice mags over, too!


g17frantz 02-01-2012 01:16 AM

Looks like a good setup bro

canebrake 02-01-2012 02:38 AM

Virgil Tripp did for 1911 mags what John Browning did for auto-loaders!

I'm a Tripp Cobra Mag disciple.

g17frantz 02-01-2012 03:00 AM


Originally Posted by canebrake
Virgil Tripp did for 1911 mags what John Browning did for auto-loaders!

I'm a Tripp Cobra Mag disciple.

Should be getting mine in the mail soon. Thanks for the advice sir. Can't wait to try it out

REDTAIL 03-11-2012 08:54 AM

I bet my life every day that I carry my 1911 with my Cobra mags in them.? I agree with Canebrake 100%

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