Midway - Did They Pull the Wool Over Me?


November 24, 2008, 11:08 AM
Just wanted THR's opinion on this. I orderd a CZ "Factory" .40 S&W 12 round magazine from Midway. What I got was a Mec-Gar in a generic plastic zip lock bag with a CZ part number pasted on. . . . . which I paid $40.49 for plus shipping.

Most folks know you can buy Mec-Gars a lot of places for $20.00 - $27.00.

Did I get snookered? I feel like it.

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November 24, 2008, 11:18 AM
I'll bet someone screwed up with a label maker. Midway is a pretty stand-up place, I'm sure they'll make it right.

The Bushmaster
November 24, 2008, 11:22 AM
Call them and ask...For crying out loud...I have been doing business with them going on 20 years and they have never failed to correct an error on their part...So call them!!

November 24, 2008, 11:51 AM
I think that Mec-Gar makes the OEM CZ mags. Yea, I think that Academy usually has them.

Izaak Walton
November 24, 2008, 11:59 AM
I have been doing business with Midway for several years now.
The only time I had a problem they corrected it even though it was the shippers fault. They replaced 1000 .380 bullets and a set of carbide dies free of charge.
Iíll order from them again.

November 24, 2008, 12:28 PM
I agree--Midway is A+++.


November 24, 2008, 12:31 PM
Mec Gar makes mags for quite a few pistols.

My Sig P226 Navy came with three Mec Gars.

Midway is AOK.

November 24, 2008, 01:10 PM

Betcha' MegGar IS the manufacturer for CZ mags...

Actually it doesn't matter if it's factory or not, as far as performance is concerned. The MecGar is as good as, or better, than factory mags..

NEVER heard of anyone having a problem with MecGars..

Wanna talk crappy mags? ProMag... :barf:


P.S. CDNN generally has good prices (and availability) on mags.

November 24, 2008, 01:26 PM
You didn't get screwed by Midway, you got screwed by CZ.

CZ mags are in fact Mec-Gar, and Midway sells both. You can buy them on Midway as CZ mags for $40 or as Mec-Gar mags for $25. Why in the world CZ thinks that the sticker is worth $15 is beyond me.

November 24, 2008, 01:41 PM
Mec-Gar makes, or has made the OEM mags for just about every firearms manufacture in the free world, including:

AMT, Armscor, Astra, Beretta, Bernadelli, FN Browning, Charles Daly, Colt, CZ, IMI, Kel-Tec, Kimber, Llama, NAA, Remington, Sigarms, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, STI, Standard Arms, Star, Steyr, Tanfoglio, Taurus, & Walther.

It is doubtful anyone at Midway has the time or inclination to set around repackaging magazines just to screw you!


Grizzly Adams
November 24, 2008, 02:03 PM
Agree with all the others posts. I've have been dealing with MW since the early 70's and have never had a problem that they have't corrected.

November 24, 2008, 03:16 PM
I didn't say Midway screwed me intentionally, I just "felt like they did". I just recently started using MW, so I have no history with them like others do.

My dealings have been with Brownell's mostly, and the CZ Custom Shop through Angus, more recently. I know Mec-Gar's are good, I know Mec-Gar probably makes the mags for CZ, but I paid for a CZ factory mag, and got a Mec-Gar.

I am returning a Pro-mag I got on the same order back to MW, I'll mention the Mec-Gar/CZ factory thing. I'm keeping the Mec-Gar, but no one can argue I paid to much for it.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
November 24, 2008, 03:28 PM
Perhaps someone else bought one, then returned (a different one) in the bag labeled with the one you want.

I have had nothing but positive results from Midway's customer service. They will make right anything that is wrong.

Don't EVER - EVER buy a PROMAG, they are complete JUNK! Buy FACTORY OEM whenever possible!

Average Joe
November 24, 2008, 05:38 PM
Yep, Mec Gar is the factory mag for CZ. You ordered a factory mag, and you got a factory mag....

November 24, 2008, 06:50 PM
Since you're returning the Pro Mag, why not return the CZ mag. at the same time? The next time you place an order get the Mec-Gar.

November 24, 2008, 06:50 PM
Regardless of the name on the mag.

Keep it.

I have a factory standard capacity and several mec-gars for my 75B. They function exactly the same.

November 24, 2008, 07:47 PM
just to confuse things more.when a gun maker uses MecGar mags for it's pistols and says they are "factory mags" only those mags or replacements sold as "factory" can be warranted by the factory,even though it's the same mag. what they are saying is "we tested these,we didn't test those". jwr

November 24, 2008, 09:11 PM
Yep, Mec Gar is the factory mag for CZ. You ordered a factory mag, and you got a factory mag....
Not exactly. If you look closely, there are some very subtle differences between a CZ "fatory" mag, and a Mec-Gar.

Then there's the price difference. I intend to keep the mag, $13.00 is nothing to go to battle over.

November 24, 2008, 09:59 PM

Call Midway and ask them. It may have been that there was some miscommunication, maybe on your part, maybe theirs.

You can buy mags direct from CZUSA see below.



November 24, 2008, 10:22 PM
Call Midway, they'll make good. I lost a part on a shooting rest they mailed me.

I called and asked for the part, and they sent an entire rest. :D

Ala Dan
November 25, 2008, 02:15 AM
Only magazine's that I'm aware of that are not made by MEC-GAR
are the magazines for Seecamp's LWS-.32 and .380~! ;) :D

November 25, 2008, 09:25 AM
I appreciate the input from you guys. I feel confident this was a snafu, I know I'm not qualified to throw the first stone when it comes to making a mistake.

I'll return the Pro-mag (not MW's fault on this) and mention the Mec-Gar, CZ mag issue.

Aka Zero
November 25, 2008, 10:00 AM
I can't tell the difference between my mags, 2 cz, 2 mecgar, CZ 75B-SA. Unless I like at the stamp that says what model they go to.

Both shoot great, gun is at 600 rounds no failures.

November 25, 2008, 12:05 PM
i have even screwed up and ordered the wrong item from midway. same due to my lack of studying up on what i really needed. the exchanged it for what i shouldda ordered, no questions....


November 25, 2008, 07:45 PM
Midway +1 also,

Replaced a tumbler after 6 mo

Digital scale replaced

On Monday, the UPS guy must of beeen pissed because all six boxes of bullets were broken inside the two main boxes, so when I opened them up there were 2K bullets rolling around the packing media. I called Midway and told them maybe ship in smaller boxes so the weight is less. The woman I spoke with gave me a $10.00 coupon off my next order and apologized.

I'm going back with them for sure.

November 25, 2008, 07:53 PM
You got OWNED!!! Ok so you really didn't but no one else said in the previous 23 posts so I thought I had to.

November 26, 2008, 11:47 AM


November 26, 2008, 12:31 PM
+100 MIDWAY USA has always been top notch for me. The only time I had a problem (Ordered wrong magazines) they made it right no problems.

November 28, 2008, 09:33 PM
FWIW, I've done a lot of business with Midway over the years and have been very satisfied with their products, services and prices. Too, MecGar manufactures magazines that are every bit the equal of their OEM counterparts and, in many instances, makes them for same. Just the same, I feel that when a company advertises a product as being "factory" made I expect the name of the company of origin to be on the product in question. Not too long ago, CDNN was selling new CZ "factory" magazines for $19.99 each and, I'm happy to say, they arrived at my house a couple of days following my order exactly as advertised. Midway should be held to the same standard. If the magazine is the equivalent of factory-made but is made by MecGar (or whoever), it should be described exactly as is. This policy would avoid potential confusion and/or disappointment on the part of the customer-like the experience as reported by the OP.

November 29, 2008, 01:22 AM
Midway is one of the best I've dealt with. I'm sure they will find a way to fix your problem.

November 29, 2008, 06:17 AM
I like Midway too, sometimes you can beat their prices, but then they always ship fast and don't pad the shipping charges. I occasionally order from Natchez, which has better prices on most items but then reams you on shipping, I particularly resent their "insurance" charge, funny that is included for FREE on under $100 shipments by UPS:mad: Got to look at the total price.

November 29, 2008, 12:05 PM
FWIW, I got some Glock magazines from Midway and they also packaged them in generic zip lock bags. But same went for a mag I got from my local gun store. My guess is that these magazines are sort of a bulk part and get bagged by the retailer.

Average Joe
November 29, 2008, 06:31 PM
I've been using Midway for years. They are a family owned business that will correct any orders where the customer is not satisfied. If you don't want the Mec Gar mags, just send them back, but you will not get a better mag than a Mec Gar. They make many OEM mags, including for CZ.

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