best 1911 magazines...

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by icallshotgun88, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    i know a lot of people use the chip mccormick and wilson combat mags...

    any others?
     
  2. gunman41mag

    gunman41mag Active Member

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    USGI surplus work & they're cheaper
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Tripp..........
    The last time I got surplus I had to swap pieces, throw the rusted out, correct the lips.
    By the time I was finished, I had 1 that worked (maybe).

    Magazines are the Achilles heel of the 1911. Buy the best possible.
    $45 on one that works is better than $5 on 9 that don't.
     
  4. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    I have had zero issues with Tripp or Wilson.

    Now those Bear mags are an entirely different issues.
     
  5. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Mine are mostly Tripp Research. They're a little spendy, but they've been flawless.

    WC and CM are perfectly fine too.
     
  6. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Wilson Combat. No need to search any further.
     
  7. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    CM, Tripp, Colt, Kimber and Mecgar have been the ones that work for me. Never had a bad mag other than the $5 ones that were mentioned earlier.
     
  8. bluzman

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    Gatoragn Active Member

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    LK is correct, but add Wilson Combat to the list.

    MecGar is the best blend of function and cost.
     
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  10. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    Wilson combat are the best from my experience.
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a 1911 that seems a bit finicky. Chip McCormick Poser mags are the ONLY mags that work in it.

    You can buy more expensive magazines, but you cannot buy better magazines
     
  12. Quentin

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    Over the years I've had good luck with Colt/Checkmate and military surplus. Lately I've tried a few Chip McCormick Shooting Star and Metalform 8-round mags with good results. Recently I got six Remington/Mec-Gar mags and one is giving me trouble.

    Some of my oldest surplus mags are acting up (probably weak springs) so I tossed them in the problems box for now. One thing about surplus, there are some Chinese knockoffs posing as military surplus. I have about 18 surplus GI mags and discovered one was a Chinese counterfeit. (Funny thing, it's well made and functions fine but annoys me that they even faked the GI coding on the base plate!)
     
  13. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I think my Norinco 1911 came with similar mags that looked like GI mags with serial numbers on the bottom. Don't remember that Norinco ever jamming on anything but some lead semi-wadcutter reloads that were a bit on the weak side. Father in law has the pistol on long term loan now.
     
  14. weapon

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    Stainless steel Metalform seven round mags with the stainless round top follower. Swap out the mag springs for Wolff +5% power mag springs. Then polish the sides and top of the follower until you can see your reflection in it well enough to use it as a shaving mirror. The end result is as bulletproof as any magazine will ever be.
     
  15. Quentin

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    My fake mag has a genuine manufacturer code 30745 (Mason Rust), so it's hard to tell from authentic Mason Rust contract mags except that the witness holes are larger and offset a bit. It honestly is well made so I keep it as a range magazine and a reminder what the witness holes look like.
     
  16. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A long time ago I would just use the mags that came with the pistol. Then I decided to try several different magazines that I had heard people talk about from Wilson, CM, Tripp, etc. I first started with Wilson Combat mags in 45acp and 9mm. After using them for about 6 months I didn't even bother buying the other brands as the Wilson Combat mags were unbelievable. They have never failed me in all the years I have used them, not one single time, maybe I am lucky. It's still the only brand I buy, no need to change perfection. And you can catch them on sale from the Wilson Combat website for a damn good deal. It's just a really good product and one I have recommended to everyone.
     
  17. oldcoptn46

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    I use McCormick and Wilson. No problems, ever.
     
  18. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    . Never had a problem with any of mine. I have 5 Colt and 12 unmarked G-I Surplus. about 50 years old.

    Many rounds through all of them. Change the springs about every 10-15 years