1911 Magazines of Choice


July 21, 2008, 10:29 PM
Just wanted to run a little poll here and see what people are using and what they prefer, as far 1911 magazines go. i am not really concerned about the mags that came with your 1911's, but if you are to buy 1911 mags which route do you go? Here are some of the most common.

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July 21, 2008, 10:39 PM
Chip McCormick Power mags and Wilson 47D

July 21, 2008, 10:40 PM
thanks can you do me a favor and hit up the poll? i am a fan of the chips myself.

July 21, 2008, 10:43 PM
CMC Power Mags as well.

July 21, 2008, 10:43 PM
Wilson 47D all the wayyyyyy.

July 21, 2008, 10:45 PM
CMC Power Mags for me.

July 21, 2008, 10:47 PM
CMC Power Mags as well. +1 (or whatever we are up to now.)

July 21, 2008, 11:09 PM
(5) Wilson Combat ETM

I tried one of the two ACT mags that came with my S&W 1911
the follower only supports the cartrdige at the back half
they sometimes leave the last round totally unfed into the chamber
- the spring is less in strength than the WC ETMs. I put it back in the
Blue Boxx.


larry starling
July 21, 2008, 11:12 PM
I voted for Wilson , But i have the same number of CMC and Checkmates as well. have had nothing but excellent service from all of them. And my factory Colt mags function fine as well.:D

July 21, 2008, 11:19 PM
Any reports on the new Wilson ETM mag?

July 21, 2008, 11:22 PM

July 21, 2008, 11:31 PM
47D. They just work! I hear good things about CMC, just have not tried yet.

July 21, 2008, 11:33 PM
If you haven't tried Checkmates new line of 1911 magazines, you're missing out.

You did leave out metalforms.

July 22, 2008, 12:42 AM
Only have WC47D and the stock Kimber. All perfectly reliable. Can't say anything about others, but I haven't had a misfeed with these.

Ala Dan
July 22, 2008, 12:54 AM
Wilson Combat 47D's for me~! ;) :D

July 22, 2008, 12:56 AM
I like the Colt factory mags. They have the same follower and feed lips as the original pre-WWI mags I have. Mine have the "M" stamp, so I guess they're from the metalform factory built to Colt specs.

Seem to work well once the newness wears off a little.


M1 Shooter
July 22, 2008, 01:48 AM
I use Metalform and Checkmate 7 round magazines exclusively, and of course Colt factory mags, which are actually made by Checkmate and Metalform!

July 22, 2008, 02:23 AM
Ive never had a problem with any Chip McCormic magazines, even the cheaper ones.

3 gun
July 22, 2008, 02:35 AM
Only mags I've ever bought are Chip Mc's. They have worked fine in every one of my 1911s.

July 22, 2008, 02:48 AM
The 1911 gurus get pissed when I say this but; Down at the end of the counter at Specialty Sports Supply, here in Colorado Springs there's a old steel pot full of 10.00$ no name mags. I run those in a RIA and I've never had a problem W/ them.

I voted other

July 22, 2008, 03:40 AM
My ship tossed a few dozen 1911 mags in the trash back in the late 90s. I went dumpster-diving seconds later, and they all reside in my home. I think I have 80 USGI 1911 mags. I still can't find better mags.

July 22, 2008, 10:30 AM
I use Colt factory 7 round magazines. The hybrid feed lips work reliably with every gun.

I cannot say that about the wadcutter feed lips on Wilsons or CMCs etc.

July 22, 2008, 11:26 AM
CMC PowerMags.

July 22, 2008, 11:39 AM
CMC and Wilson

July 22, 2008, 05:31 PM
Plain old Springfield Armory for me. I believe they are made by ProMetal.

July 22, 2008, 05:37 PM
The 1911 gurus get pissed when I say this but; Down at the end of the counter at Specialty Sports Supply, here in Colorado Springs there's a old steel pot full of 10.00$ no name mags. I run those in a RIA and I've never had a problem W/ them.

I voted other

I tried one of those $7.99 mil-surps from Sportsman's Guide, it worked so well in my Springfield that I bought three more. Never had a problem with them, the gun doesn't seem to notice any difference between them and the Colt and Chip McCormick mags...

July 22, 2008, 05:57 PM
I voted Checkmate, but Wilsons, ProTacs, Ed Browns all do well. I have a 1911 that is a finicky feeder with a couple of bullet styles. An old Colt mag and the Checkmates I recently bought are the only mags that will feed those bullets styles in it all day long.

July 22, 2008, 05:59 PM
Mec-Gar, 8 round with base pad. Better followers than my Wilsons, and cost less. The Wilsons work OK, but I sure won't pay a premium for more of them.

July 22, 2008, 06:34 PM
I use CMC Shooting Stars (the Charlie Kelsey-designed 8-rounders), which usually work fine for me--the odd hiccup on the range with S&B, but very infrequent.

July 24, 2008, 04:54 AM
Tripp Research Cobra mags are the best right now.

July 24, 2008, 05:01 AM
Colt factory mags

Eric F
July 24, 2008, 07:09 AM
Metal form are the ones for me. They are $8 each from a local dealer and they work with out fail. UI have had megar willson and chip mccormic before also megae being slightly cheaper than the rest but all worked just cost more is all.

July 24, 2008, 07:31 AM
I use ONLY GI mags, many with the pony romping on the side. 7 rounds, but they always work, and I have had problems with Chip's,ProMags, and several others.


Prof. A. Wickwire
July 24, 2008, 08:08 AM
Chip McCormick Shooting Star Classic Mags.

Brownells Listing (http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=24684&title=SHOOTING%20STAR%20CLASSIC%20MAGAZINE)

I have over a dozen of these and none have ever given me any trouble.

This doesn't count the ten Checkmate, four Wilson, two Chip McCormick Power Mags, two Novaks, two Metalform, or any of the other 1911 mags I have acquired over the years. Most of which have never given me any trouble either.


Prof. A. Wickwire

July 24, 2008, 08:28 AM
Mec-Gar - they always work well for me, so that's what I'll stick with.

July 24, 2008, 03:55 PM
I prefer Colt and Wilson.

July 24, 2008, 05:03 PM
Wilson Combat and CMC PowerMags have both been flawless for me in a "mil-spec" 1911 from Springfield Armory (the company, not the govt facility). The Wilson mags seem a little easier to load and to run a bit smoother, but the Power Mags have a metal follower that will probably last longer.

All my other handguns get Mec-Gar mags when available, I just bought the US fancy stuff for my 1911 for some reason.

July 24, 2008, 05:57 PM
I'm having good luck with old GI mags, personally. :shrug:

July 24, 2008, 06:30 PM
Wilson 47D.....Having said that the Springfield 7rndrs I got with my loaded coupon ($9 a pop) have never given me any trouble

July 24, 2008, 09:48 PM
All my spares are Wilson but the OEM Colt mags have always worked well for me also! :)


July 25, 2008, 08:39 PM
MetalForm and Springfield Loaded coupon mags.

July 25, 2008, 09:40 PM
USGI/ Colt 7 round mags with solid base plate.

July 25, 2008, 10:08 PM
Wilsons are tried and true. Everything else is either a cheap copy, or adds too many fancy things making them unreliable.

July 25, 2008, 10:10 PM
I love Tripps mags, they are great. I can't say I have had any problems with my 47d's but it just seems that the Tripps feed more smoothly.

July 25, 2008, 10:18 PM
Checkmate with dimple and hybrid lips, closest thing to JMB design I believe. I had a finicky feeder that got well with those.

July 26, 2008, 12:53 AM
I've use nothing but Chip's in an
8 round mag. Never tried anything else because I didn't need to.

July 26, 2008, 12:59 AM
Ain't tried a Tripp mag yet but anything Virgil builds is good. He used to build my guns in his garage shop and a trigger he put on my Series 70 w/ a Clark hammer in the late 70's, after 1,000's of rounds, is still 3.5 lbs.

July 26, 2008, 01:02 AM
Wilson, Wilson, Wilson and Wilson.

July 26, 2008, 01:39 AM
I use Chip McCormick Shooting Stars as I like blued magazines with a blued gun. I have nine of them and not a single one has given me trouble.

July 26, 2008, 03:03 AM
I voted Wilson 47D/OX because that's pretty much all what I've used over the years. I've used Metalform and like their construction, but can't find them easily without ordering them.

Wilson mags are reliable, well built, affordable, and never caused a ding in the feed ramp when I owned an aluminum 1911. Now that my local shop is carrying Nighthawk has mags for just over $25, I may have to try those and see how they do. I'd really like to try Tripp's Cobra Mags, too.

July 26, 2008, 03:38 AM
three kimbers and the les baer one that came with my 1911

July 26, 2008, 04:53 PM
Colt/Checkmate with the Hybrid feedlips and flat dimpled follower, though my SA metalforms with flat dimpled follwers work great for me (with the addition of Wolff 11# springs).

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