1911 Mag Well: Good thing?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by CHLChris, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    QUESTION: For a range gun or Home Defense gun (NOT for carry...) is a magazine well worth the extra weight and the extra money?


    Background:
    I am getting ready to buy a 1911 5", probably a Springfield Armory. I decided on SA because of their superior warranty.

    The Stainless Loaded would be great, at $850.

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    So would the Springfield Black Stainless Target Loaded, at $1000.

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    My question is about a mag well. They are a little heavier and cost a little money. Are they helpful? Worth the money?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Are you planning on doing tactical reload drills?
     

  3. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Regardless of the application, I'm just wondering what y'all think of mag wells. What are they good for? What do they hinder? What are the detractions?
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I'm not a HUGE fan of the traditional, bulbous bottomed magwell. It restricts my purchase of the handle and I have somewhat big hands, so I prefer not to restrict it.

    Having said that, I have an integral one built into the frame on my T3 that is more subtle and I do love doing quick reloads with it during range days.

    My first 1911 was a Kimber Target II that did have the traditional thin walled handle, flat bottom and I never had any problems with reloads, speed or otherwise.

    Personally I think the beveled mag well is probably something the IPSC folks started that caught interest and transitioned into the other realms of shooting.

    If you like the idea, give it a try. If you don't like it, I am sure you can trade it someone else who might want to try it. ;)

    JD
     
  5. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    How do you like your nighthawk?
     
  6. Dillinger

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    I'm....I'm kind of the resident Nighthawk Spokesman here to be honest. :eek:

    I have a GRP, a T3, a Talon II (9mm for the lady), and most recently added the AAC that I capped with an Osprey Suppressor.

    Having met several of the members from Nighthawk at SHOT several years ago, their passion was very impressive.

    I have shot at least a couple of offerings from just about everyone out there and I am a tried and true Nighthawk customer.

    I don't like them, I LOVE THEM. :cool:
     
  7. tacticalfun

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    What do you think of the heinie 10mm longslide?...its either that or the heinie tactical.

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  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    you could try one of the MSH with the magwell attached and that way, if you didn't like it, you could always go back to the original MSH. i think Wilson Combat and Smith & Alexander have these types. check out Brownell's and MidwayUSA for them.
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I have to say I have coveted it from afar. *drools* I haven't made the switch to 10mm yet because I have a ton of money invested in .45 :eek:

    I assume that based on that picture you have one? How do you like it?

    Have you seen the Costa and Bob Marvel recent additions to the offering family?
     
  10. tacticalfun

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    Still waiting on its trip here :( won the auction two nights ago. Im planning on doing a full review of it in the coming weeks. Not sure how im going to enjoy the front strap stippling. Edit: have not seen the marvel. Google foo time.
     
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I shoot IDPA once a month. Until a few weeks ago I thought I was the only one in my club shooting a 1911 without one. I keep thinking about getting one. But havent yet. There are now 2 of us. There are at least 25 or so people shooting 1911s at my club.
     
  12. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Rick, that's my Lutheran confirmation verse, right there. Me likes.

    On to the mag well. I don't want to get it if having one is basically:

    a) A fad;
    b) over-complicating things; and/or
    c) has dubious benefit over a simple beveled mag well.

    I am just range shooting. And of course every 45acp in the house could see home defense duty.
     
  13. GunRunner

    GunRunner New Member

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    Reload with the lights off.
     
  14. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

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    I like mine. I installed it, then had it machined out to smooth the contour between the magwell that was just bolted on, and the frame of the pistol. the 1911 had a slight bevel on it from the factory, but this opened it up quite a bit.

    need it? I dunno.

    like it? yes, I do as a matter of fact.

    do you need to do it? that's up to you.



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  15. bartwatkins

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    The one piece Smith & Alexander MSH/Magwell combo would work great with either of these pistols. I have an SA Loaded and got one for mine. It does not really weigh much. I do not believe that I noticed the difference at all. They are helpful for quick mag reloads and a must if you ever decide to shoot competitively. The only drawback would be that I would not carry a pistol w/one. They make concealment more difficult.
    I generally like the way they look. Are they "worth it" or "necessary" - that is up to you to decide.