Springfield Mil Spec & magazines...


Mike Irwin
December 29, 2002, 08:24 PM
Anyone have any thoughts on new magazines for my Springfield Mil Spec .45?

My magazine situation has never been entirely happy with it. The one from Springfield never was all that good, and then I dropped it on the feed lips and damaged it, so things went from mediocre to worse.

I picked up a cheapie at a gun show a couple of years ago as a gap filler for pin shooting. The feed lips are soft, and eventually started shucking several rounds out the top during cycling. Rebending them works for a little bit.

It's time to trash the two mags that I have, and get some new ones.

Any suggestions?

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Mark IV Series 80
December 29, 2002, 08:29 PM
Hi Mike,

I highly recommend the 7-round Wilson magazines.

In the Commander and Gov't Model, the Wilson 7-rounders are 100% with all factory ammo.

December 29, 2002, 09:26 PM
I usually go with the Wilson 8 round mags, then I download one round. They have been very reliable in my Springfield. The Chip McCormick 8 round mags are also good.

December 29, 2002, 09:37 PM
My Mil-Spec seems to prefer the Chip McCormick 8 rounders.


December 29, 2002, 09:54 PM
My Mil Spec has been totally happy w/ the McCormick & the Wilson mags I have been using w/ it.

Brian Williams
December 29, 2002, 10:05 PM
Mike "I only want used S&W's" Irwin has a Springfield Armory Milspec. What do you have that for Hottentots

How do you like it, I have had one in my sights for a while just no funds?

December 29, 2002, 10:10 PM
Over on the 1911 board I go to, they favor the Wilsons for the most part as well. I have 2 wilson 8rnd's tha have worked well with my Springfiled longslide.


Mike Irwin
December 30, 2002, 01:19 AM
Thanks, guys.

I'll check the next gunshow I'm at and see which mags are available...


I love my MilSpec. Accurate, reliable, and lots of fun.

December 30, 2002, 01:27 AM
Mike I too have use the Wilson's 47D's and CMC powermag in 8 rds.
(rarely use 7 rd but same result with theses mfg's)
Oh I had a Clark 7 rd mag, works in anything I used it in.
Buddy is trying the new Wolffe mags 7 rds, likes so far

Kahr carrier
December 30, 2002, 06:04 AM
Ive had good luck with the Chip Mccormicks in the Milspec.:)

December 30, 2002, 10:01 AM
Colt magazines are all that, Mike.

December 30, 2002, 12:49 PM
Wilson mags always worked for me.

December 30, 2002, 01:32 PM
I never had any poblems with the factory magazine and have to say that the gun runs like a top on any ammo.

Besides the factory mag, which reminds me a lot of the McCormick, I use McCormick 8 and 10 rounders. I have converted some of the 8 rounders to Wilson followers (Wilson sells a spring and follower for use in "standard" mags) with dxcellent results.

Mike Irwin
December 30, 2002, 01:39 PM
I do have a McCormick 10-rounder that I use for pin shooting, and it's been very reliable.

December 30, 2002, 02:30 PM
original GI mags retro fitted with Wilson spring/followers, Springfield factory 8rnd or Wilson's.

El Tejon
December 30, 2002, 02:47 PM
I dig Metalform 7rders for training and use Les Baer 7rders to carry.

MPFreeman carries Springfield 1911s. I think he still runs Colt bodies, Wolff springs and Pachy followers. But he's multi-diminesional (or just mixed up).:D

December 30, 2002, 03:58 PM
I use CMC 8 rounders in my Springfield loaded with no problems, but I like thw Wilson follower design better than the McCormick for its sturdier looking design. Probably doesn't make a nickels worth of difference.

December 30, 2002, 04:08 PM
I have had a lot of luck with both the 8 and 10 round McCormick mags.

Thousands of rounds and the only jam I ever had was due to the ammo (Win-Clean, blunt nosed kept jamming). They feed both ball and HP very successfully.

I also picked up some used 7 round GI mags at a gun show too, just for the heck of it and they are almost as reliable as the McCormick's.

Just my .02

Don P.

December 30, 2002, 05:35 PM
Chip McCormick 'Power 8's' or Wilson 7 rounders. Wilson magazines require routine maintenance if you want them to live up to their reputation.

Mike Irwin
December 30, 2002, 08:36 PM
Doesn't everything require routine maintenance?


The last thing I want to do is to start piecing my magazines together. I've got enough junk cluttering my bench. :)

I want a preassembled unit that works....

December 30, 2002, 08:52 PM
Right you are Mike! I have baggies full of orphaned followers and springs (among other misc junk I'll never use nor throw out) cluttering my shop.


December 31, 2002, 09:47 AM
I have a couple of 8-round Chip McCormick Shooting Stars in stainless that are flawless in my SA Mil-Spec. Stainless seems to run a tad smoother, and I don't mind the blue/white color contast.

Also have a couple of "new-in-the-wrapper" GI mags from a gun show that have been flawless for range use. These were two for $18.00.

Your original is probably a MetalForm mag...denoted by a tiny "M" on the baseplate.

There's a 1911 mag forum at http://www.1911forum.com

Jim V
December 31, 2002, 11:48 AM
Wolff makes nice 7 round 1911 magazines, great springs but are pretty well oil soaked when you get 'em.

You can always look for Randall magazines, Mine have been champs all the years I've owned them. 'Course they are out of production and are offered for big bucks.

Anyhoo: What magazines should I use? (http://www.1911forum.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=35166) for the best answer. :D

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