Magazine Question

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by vector16, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. vector16

    vector16 New Member

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    I just got a RIA 1911 tactical, i am in the 10 wating period because CA is a commi state. The magazine it comes with is 8 rounds. I found some old 7 round 1911 mags, will those work on this gun?
     
  2. elfmdl

    elfmdl New Member

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    Does the.magazine fit flush with the bottom of the grip?
     

  3. vector16

    vector16 New Member

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    I would not know I have another 7 days until I can pick the gun up from the store. Basically this was a general question if a 1911 can accept 7, 8, and 10 round mags. If I were a patient person I would just wait till I get the gun in hand and find out.
     
  4. elfmdl

    elfmdl New Member

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    I'm about 90% sure that it can.
     
  5. vector16

    vector16 New Member

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  6. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I am 50% certain it will. :)
     
  7. vector16

    vector16 New Member

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    Can we go lower? do we have a 40% or maybe a 30%
     
  8. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I am 96.385249% sure they will work... +- 4% CF.
     
  9. vector16

    vector16 New Member

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    Bltch'n, thanks ScottA
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The only difference between the 7 and 8 round mags is the follower.
     
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Let me tell you about a guy I know (me)....

    Looking to save money when I was younger, I found what I thought was a deal on magazines.
    Old GI issue for $4 buck a pop. I bought 10 of them.

    By the time I finished swapping parts, threw out the cracked ones, cleaned up the rust, and function checked what I thought was good, I had 2 mags.

    So I ended up with a total of 2 mags for my $40 (or $20 a piece). At that time, quality brand mags went for $20.

    I would have been time ahead if I hadn't been so cheap.

    Magazines are the Achilles heel of the semi-auto handgun. When they go bad, your gun is no more than a rock. Buy the best quality mags you can, and you will have fewer problems later.
     
  12. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    They will work. I use 8 round Chip McCormick flush mount Shooting Stars. When I got mine they were 14.00 and change. Dunno what they are now.
     
  13. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Your gun should accept 7, 8, and 10rd government mags. Do yourself a favor and buy those of established quality. That'd be Tripp Research/Cobra, Wilson, and Chip McCormick.

    Cheaping out on mags can be an expensive mistake, when the good stuff is just a few bucks more. Basically, we're talking about shoring up the most error prone aspect of your gun for an extra $10 per.
     
  14. vector16

    vector16 New Member

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    What about KimPro I heard those were good as well?

    I do have a Glock 21 with 5 mags for HD along with a GP100 and a Glock 17 with 147 gr JHP, 12 ga and a 16ga SbS I am not too worried about HD in that aspect and being that I live in CA,unortuetly, I do not have the leagl option to carry.
     
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  15. skimbell

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    They'll work fine. 7 round mags were what the 1911 was built for. The more importatnt factor is what brand they are. If they are quality mags they'll work. Junk mags will be junk if they're 7, 8 or 10 round.
    That said, individual guns vary. I usually stick with 7 round mags, I just feel that 7's plenty. Most of my 1911's run fine with the several 8 round mags that I have accumulated over the years but I have one gun, a Series 80 Colt, that runs only 7 round mags with any dependebility. I've tried 7 rounds in the 8 round mag and it seems to make a difference. I don't know if it's the spring tension in a loaded 8 round mag that the gun doesn't like or what. It just doesn't like full 8 round mags. I'm OK with that. The gun runs perfectly with 7 round mags, and as I said, I prefer good 7 round mags so I don't have much of a problem with the gun.
    YMMV
     
  16. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Cheap is usually expensive, and cheap mags in a 1911 used for PD/HD it's almost always fatal. - cane
     
  17. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Same here. And I agree regarding quality magazines. They make a tremendous difference.
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2013