Questions On 1911 Mags.......

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Charley, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Charley

    Charley New Member

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    What kind do you like?????

    I've been using a few "Gun Show Specials" lately for the range but since I left a couple of them loaded for awhile they are now suffering from spread lips which is causing them to stick on ejection. They do still feed and shoot OK though. I bought a few CMC "Shooting Stars" to try out and maybe to use as CCW mags but I noticed something with them I'm a little leary about.

    They seem to have a welded seam down the back of the mag. Even the gun show cheapies don't have this and I'm wondering if anyone here has any and what your experisense has been with them reliablity wise????

    Would Wilsons have been a better choice????
     
  2. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    All of my mags were Kimbers, just to ensure that they'd fit my Compact correctly. I never had a problem with any of them.

    I think I paid about $15 for the mags without bump pads and about $20 for the mags with bump pads.
     

  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Wilson 47D's are the popular ones in the after-market and command a nice following - they also go for about $25 to $30 a piece. They are nice and they will treat you well.

    With my Nighthawks, when you purchase, Nighthawk offers you ( 6 ) of their "approved" Novak 7 or 8 rounders for $99 - and you can buy as many packages of ( 6 ) at that price as you want.

    I bought 18 for my GRP and took 10 of them to Valhalla when I went. Valhalla uses flangible loads in their indoor range, and they are different from a normal 230gr ball round in their construction. Those Novaks ate every round and NEVER had a problem.

    In addition, I was frequently required to dump the empty mags on the ground and reload as fast as possible while transitioning from one form of cover to another. As such I frequently kicked and step on the Novaks and didn't experience one issue with them.

    I can recommend the Novak's without any hesitation. I have Novak's for both my .45's and my gals 9mm ( though some of the 9mm's were also Mec Gar out of Italy ) and all that came from Nighthawk have been flawless in performance.

    Mec-Gar, which is another good magazine maker, also makes several good types of 1911 mags, but I did have one stinker of theirs that I bought. It was an 11-rounder and I couldn't get that one to run no matter what in either my Kimber or my Nighthawk GRP.

    Wilson, Novak or Mec-Gar are all good choices in my book, it just depends what you want to spend....

    JD
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I have been a Wilson Combat shooter for years and up until this year used nothing else.

    Then I found Tripp Research. Same price as the WC's but appear to be a step up in quality.

    Check them out at:

    trippresearch.com Online Store 1911 Magazines
     
  5. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

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    'Nuther vote for the Wilson mags, great quality and won't let you down. Only ones use for CCW. However, I mix in surplus mags at the range just for pre-load sake. No problems wiht them either, but I just trust the WIlson. The surp were genuine "GI" contract (CTD had a run on these a few years ago, new in the wrapper - I got a bunch cheap).
     
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  6. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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  7. Charley

    Charley New Member

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    I think for the time being till I run a few rounds through them I'll keep the CMC mags for range shooting.

    Thanks for the comments and info.
     
  8. bgeddes

    bgeddes New Member

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    I learned the mag lesson the hard way. I bought a cheapo gun show special, and it is junk. Since, I only buy Kimbers or Novaks, although I would consider Mec-Gar.

    You get what you pay.
     
  9. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    I use Colt mags in my AO.
     
  10. trustkill676

    trustkill676 New Member

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    wilson mags have the most top-notch reputation... i have also had good luck with kimber's kimpro mags (with bumper pads) and i have one mecgar magazine that came with my newest pistol that i havent yet put rounds through, but it feels just as solid as anything else i have had around.
     
  11. Fayettedave

    Fayettedave New Member

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    There are several excellent brands, but I have to join the consensus here....when I order more I pretty much go for Wilson 47Ds without giving it much thought.
     
  12. Charley

    Charley New Member

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    Update

    Well.........I took the CMC mags out today for a short range session. I didn't use up too much ammo but I did run a mixed bag of FMJ and HP's through all of them and had no problems. Even though they did OK I think I will pick up a few Wilson's for CCW untill these have been tested a little more by being left loaded then shot and maybe alternated with the Wilson's untill I'm a little more sure of them.