1911: Mag Preference


September 7, 2008, 04:24 PM
What mags do you prefer for your 1911?

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September 7, 2008, 04:29 PM
Wilson's 7 or 8rnd

September 7, 2008, 04:37 PM
Kimber 8 round Kim-pro tac mags. Feed every round flawlessly in my Stainless II. I've had problems with the Wilsons feeding the last round.

September 7, 2008, 05:20 PM
Wilson's I bought a couple and they are worth the price in my opinion. I tried some of the cheaper chip mckormick 8 rounders and they suck. I also have some Pachmeyer magazines that work well also and my metal forms are flawless.

September 7, 2008, 05:32 PM
Ditto on the Metalform magazines. I have never had one fail, or fail to lock open a slide. I have tried Wilson mags or ones with similar type followers, in alot of guns, and there are alot of 1911s out there that won't hold the slide open with a Wilson type mag follower, unless you change the gun's slide stop and spend some time tweaking it. Most slide stops chew up the the composite follower material at the slide stop contact point. That's alot more costly than just buying a Metalform mag. I would trust my life to them in a carry gun too. They even work great with shortened slide models

September 7, 2008, 07:14 PM
cmc mags and kimpro tac mags have been good to me, also i have nothing negative to say about sa factory mags. they are a little crude but they work. and with the "loaded" coupon they came at quite a good deal.

September 7, 2008, 07:36 PM
I shoot a lot with CMC's, but have had to replace springs, but even with replacing the springs they are a great value. The CMC powermags have all been great.
After a few thousand rounds, every Wilson I've ever owned needed the springs replaced. I also have a Springer that chokes on them.
The first gen Tripps were terrible, and I'm still so peeved I haven't tried the second gen yets.
Metalforms and Colts are great in the 7rd option, but I prefer an 8rd.
I've found the only 8rd magazines that universally work in every 1911 I own and hold up to thousands of rounds without any issues whatsoever are the Checkmates.
If you're a 1911 fan, and you haven't tried one of the Checkmates yet, you really owe it to yourself to give them a try. They are pretty darn impressive.

September 7, 2008, 07:44 PM

September 7, 2008, 07:46 PM
Chip McCormack 8 round mags.

September 7, 2008, 09:22 PM
I've been wanting to know this also.

Prof. A. Wickwire
September 7, 2008, 09:26 PM

If by "CMC Standard" you mean his Shooting Star 8-rounders, that's what I carry. Although, I am starting to lean more towards his Power Mags.


Prof. A. Wickwire

September 7, 2008, 09:27 PM
kimber 7 and 8 rounders and les baer 8rnd

September 7, 2008, 10:44 PM
I've had equal success with both Wilson and CMC.

September 7, 2008, 10:57 PM
Everytime this question comes up, my answer is the same...Wilson 8 rounders! I have tried several others & these have proven the most loyal & reliable!

September 7, 2008, 11:15 PM
Colt factory 7 rounders or Mec-Gar 7 round with a Colt follower. Haven't tried the Checkmates but have heard good things about them.


September 7, 2008, 11:19 PM
Colt hybrids when I can find them, SA 7rd mags otherwise.

September 7, 2008, 11:22 PM
I like the wilson or cmc power mags the best.

September 7, 2008, 11:22 PM
Checkmates seem to be all the rage over on the 1911 forums. Anyone know how much they are?

September 7, 2008, 11:25 PM
I like Novaks.

September 8, 2008, 12:13 AM
never had a Wilson failure.....never......:cool:

September 8, 2008, 12:15 AM
USGI/Colt, blue, 7 rd, sealed base, with dimpled follower.

September 8, 2008, 12:50 AM
You didn't specify which WIlson Combat 8 rd mags.
so I voted Other

WIlson COmbat ETM mags. It's all I use since the
S&W supplied ACTs are not acceptable in performance.

I have heard enough endorsements of CMC Power Mags
I'm going to buy 2 and try them.


September 8, 2008, 04:27 AM


September 8, 2008, 04:43 AM
I've never had a prob with a colt mag that was not directly related to abuse. you know, like steping on it after a speed reload.

1911 guy
September 8, 2008, 07:42 AM
Of the ones listed, I prefer Colt. Other choices for me are Metalform and Mec-Gar. All my pistols run with any of these three.

September 8, 2008, 09:28 AM
We replaced our Colt and Kimber mags with Wilson Combat mags. Awesome quality, unlike the ones that came with the $1000+ guns.

September 8, 2008, 09:54 AM
never had a Wilson failure.....never......I have, due to weak springs including 3 OCX's that failed one after another between 600 and 800 rounds. I've also had the misplaced dimple cause last round feed issues.
They aren't bad, but they aren't the end-all answer to 1911 magazines the advertising says they are. Most of mine run fine on them after the springs are replaced with Wolff springs though.

September 8, 2008, 03:19 PM
I prefer ACT/Novak mags. They have run perfectly in all my 1911s.

September 8, 2008, 04:26 PM
Checkmate, Kimber Pro-Tac, Wilson, Chip McCormick....in no particular order....and of course, real Colt mags

September 8, 2008, 04:34 PM
I prefer 8 rds mags from STI with steel follower and polymer pad. IIRC those magazins are italian made.

The worst magazin I tried are 8 rds "American Magazine"

September 12, 2008, 06:44 AM
Interesting spread of results!

September 12, 2008, 08:22 AM
MetalForm mags are awsome.

September 12, 2008, 08:29 AM
Another vote for ACT (also makers of the Novak brand) mags. I have several 8rnd nickel ones (from topgunsupply.com) and they work very well.

September 12, 2008, 09:50 AM
It took me a while to convert but I now use Wilson Combat 8 rounders exclusively in my carry gun.

September 12, 2008, 12:45 PM
I've been told by old 1911 sages that they were made to hold 7 rounds and that's all you should ever load in a magazine - even if it's been "modified" to hold thata extra round.

True or not? All of my magazines are 7 rounders (1 Novak SS / 3 COLT Prancing Horse GI blue / 3 MecGar SS).

September 12, 2008, 12:53 PM
Chip McCormick 8 rd.
Never had issue with em.

September 12, 2008, 01:02 PM
Had to vote "other", even though one of my choices of recent years is listed, being the Tripp Research Cobramag.

I also prefer the ACT-Mag and a Metalform w/heavy spring and standard flat/dimpled follower. When I bought my XSE I pulled the shortened 8-rd spring and folded leaf-type follower Colt used and replaced them with the ones I like to use in the FBI-spec Metalform magazines.

I've used so many different magazines in my 1911's since the beginning of the 70's that I can't remember all of them. Had more feeding issues with a lot of them, even the ones that became big brand names, than I care to remember.

I've found what consistently works best in my various 1911's with a variety of ammunition and pretty much remain with them nowadays.

I also keep in mind that anybody can have occasional QC issues with a product, especially one that's essentially an 'assembly' (being made of components which may come from different vendors at times).

September 12, 2008, 05:12 PM
I have a S&W 1911 sku 108284...it works WELL with any mag you stick in it...ANY mag! I carry CMC standard, and the Novaks that are OEM, plus 2 Novaks I already had.

September 12, 2008, 05:39 PM
I always had the best luck with the factory Colt mags or good GI mags. Those worked in ALL my 1911's without issue.

Wilsons are overpriced, and those big witness slots let all sorts of junk into the mags when they ride in a mag carrier. I was constantly having to unload and clean the mags in the carrier out.

September 13, 2008, 01:57 AM
Im currently using the stock Colt and Springfield mags that came with the guns and bought extra Springfields. I see no reason to switch to the more expensive brands, they have not yet given me any problem (knock on wood).

September 13, 2008, 11:12 AM
CMC Powermags rebuilt with Tripp Research spring and follower.

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