Tripp’s Cobra Magazine Test

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Dillinger, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I can’t believe I had not done this test before this weekend. I owe Cane and Tripp’s a HUGE apology, so for that I am VERY sorry.

    I couple of month’s back I was at the range and after about 100-120 rounds I had not one, but two, Failure to Feed issues in my beloved T3. This is the pistol I carry all the time and also is in the truck with me practically everywhere I go. This is my go-to piece should need arise when I am not at home. Now I was shooting range ammo at the time and the weapon was getting warm to the touch, it was a Nighthawk provided Novak magazine that was in question, but I was immediately concerned. I ran two other mags with the same ammo and did not have an issue even after the FTF, so the assumption is that part of the lip on the mag was the issue. That magazine was binned so as not to be used again by mistake.

    But I had had previous conversations with another T3 owner here that was experiencing feeding issues in his T3 and went so far as to send it back to Nighthawk. I believe he got his issues worked out. Now the T3 has all the bells and whistles, so there is nothing wrong with the feed ramp, the frame/slide, spring pressure or anything like the norm that you might ask about. In fact the spring is higher rated for +P consumption so I decided to talk to Cane.

    Cane suggested I give Tripp’s a try, but instead of leaving it at that, he contacted them and arranged for them to send me a (7) round test mag free of charge to me. I am not sure if Cane paid for it secretly and the old snake won’t tell, but I have my suspicions. :cool:

    It honest to God showed up at a time when I had ordered a bunch of other stuff for both myself, and for early Christmas shopping, and I had it sitting right there on top of the safe in the box it came in and TOTALLY forgot about it. I found it on Friday when I was getting stuff ready for SHOT and went “Oh Sh*t! – I need to make this right”

    So I went to the range on the Saturday and put it through its paces. To avoid as much bias as I could, I rented a range gun and that was an exercise in itself. I talked to the guy behind the counter about the test and that I needed a 1911 that would take 7 round mags, so I needed a smaller frame model. This jack-a-lope kept trying the mag in not one, not two, but 3 full sized models and SURPRISE, it wouldn’t lock in place. To his defense it was a bit busy, it was noisy and he does have hearing aides but C’mon Man – THINK!! So the only thing they had available was (I Think ) a Kimber Ultra Carry in 3”. But, he couldn’t rent it to me until they cleaned it. So, I explained that I wanted it dirty, hence the test in the first place. :rolleyes:

    I fed 100 rounds of Winchester White and PMC range ammo through both my T3 and the Kimber as fast as I could load and pull the trigger. To avoid any questions or complaints, I hung a friendly sign that explained what I was doing and actually think I ended up selling a guy on the Tripp’s mags when he was watching and then started asking me questions while I was reloading. He was quite impressed.
    Both weapons were hot to the touch and the magazine fed both types of ammo flawlessly whether it was straight 7 rounds or when I went with 7+1. Both weapons picked up the rounds and fed them smooth, no matter what angle the weapon was at (Yes, I even did Gangsta Lean 90 degree left with both pistols and fired the T3 upside down as another test – I was pulling out all the stops).

    Bottom Line for this test – This magazine is now my primary magazine in my T3 as I right this and I am going to be visiting the Tripps’ booth at SHOT to see if they have any deals going on, but if they don’t I will be ordering another 3 for my T3 and a 6 pack for my full sized models when I get back. These magazines are hands down better than advertised and get two thumbs WAY up from JD.

    Here are some shots from the range. I wish I could tell you I was shooting at 25 yards, hitting all bulls and all the other BS that we seem to get in Range Reports, but I set this target at only 8 yards. You will notice I was all over the page and that was because I was shooting doubles, triples, sideways, upside down and even went 8 rounds as fast as I could pull the trigger on a couple of occasions. Personally I feel this target represents a true test at 24 feet of what either of these weapons would do if you were just running and gunning for your life and don’t have any shame in posting it.
     

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  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Here are some more shots from the range and all the empty brass in front of my station. :D
     

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  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Thanks for the report.
     
  4. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    hmm..... can someone arrange for some free mags that i can test ;)
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Can we finally agree that they are the best?
     
  6. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    I'll buy the mags if someone will send me a Nighthawk...:rolleyes:
     
  7. canebrake

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  8. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    Thanks for the report JD. I've been waiting on new mags because it seems people who own Kimbers use 47d and the Colt guys use the Tripps. Since I need some mags I guess I'll step out and get the Tripps.

    Thanks again
     
  9. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I've got a Kimber and had some trouble with worn followers on the 47d's holding the slide open after last shot.
    I went with the Tripps (thanks Cane) and have got around 8000 rounds through 5 8rd tripp magazines in the last year with zero malfunctions and I've beat the living snot out of them:D
     
  10. nhsuper44

    nhsuper44 New Member

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    I have some Tripps for my STI Trojan, no failures ,great mags!!!
     
  11. jyo

    jyo New Member

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    Anything made by Virgil Tripp is going to be very good---he only makes the best!
     
  12. SACamp

    SACamp New Member

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    Hello. I, too, have had nothing but positive results with Mr. Tripp's excellent magazines and upgrade kits for other magazines.

    Best and good shooting.
     
  13. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    You do know what the "T" in STI stands for don't you?

    Tripp. Yep, Virgil Tripp.
     
  14. nhsuper44

    nhsuper44 New Member

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    Yes, I have read the history on their site,impressive!
     
  15. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I'm going to get a couple of these and try them out. Nice review!
     
  16. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Do the rebuild kits work well?
     
  17. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    I guarantee you won't be let down. I have a few for my S&W 1911 (38 Super) and dollar for dollar they are the best mags out there, I think anyway.
     
  18. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Here are some high-lites about Gen II Cobra mags;

    By a magnitude!

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    From L to R; Tripp Cobra, Wilson 47DOXB, Wilson ETM 500B, Tripp Cobra

    Find the weld on the Tripp.

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    From L to R; Wilson 47DOXB, Wilson ETM 500B, Tripp Cobra

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    Notice the fluid stampings of the Tripp mag on the left and right. The .45 case head sits square against the back wall of the Tripp mag, the Wilson is rounded and forces the round forward when it presents for stripping. AND, the Tripp mag feed lips are CNC finished.

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    This photo shows the slide stop interface. The Tripp mag on the bottom uses a hybrid follower with a metal interface where the Wilson on top uses a poly follower interface. The Wilson shows witness-marks where the slide stop engages the mag when empty. This mag is six month old and speaks volumes as to this critical area.

    As a retired engineer, this is how my mind works while looking at new products. When a company makes guns and mags that go into them, the mag becomes an area where they can cut production costs. When the company only makes mags, their entire R&D budget is used on mags. Think about that!

    If your 1911 mags have poly followers be sure to check them each time you load. Should this area wear out, your slide will not lock open when empty!

    You asked Dave, and I answered with the reasons why I only use Tripp Gen II Cobras for carry!