Whats a good 1911 magazine?


December 14, 2008, 10:11 PM
doing a little research for my friend who just picked up a kimber custom II. Whats a good magazine for it? I recommended him Chip McCormick off the top of my head and also Wilson since I've heard they improved the design on the new ones. Any that I'm missing? I'm sure there's more.


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December 14, 2008, 10:44 PM
Well, I was gonna jump in and say CM, but I guess you already knew that. I've got a two of them and two factory Springfield mags, and have never had a FTF. I hear people say the 8 rd. mags are no good, but I've never had a problem.


December 14, 2008, 11:09 PM
Thanks Geneseo, I have one of the older Wilson 8 rounders and use it in a very finnicky SA 1911 and have not had any problems with it. Any other brands I should let him know about?

December 14, 2008, 11:59 PM
I know they're not the greatest in the world, but I've never had a factory Kimber magazine cause any problems in a 1911. That being said, the Wilson magazines are awesome, too.

December 15, 2008, 10:45 AM
Wilson Combat 7 & 8 rd, and Chip McCormick suit my needs.:)

December 15, 2008, 10:52 AM
I use the wilson combat 8 rounders.
Working fine so far.


The Bushmaster
December 15, 2008, 12:43 PM
Willson, McCormick and Kimber Pro. Not necessarily in that order.

December 15, 2008, 06:42 PM
I only use the Kimber Tac Pro mags. They have always worked fine for me. I have not tried any others since these have caused no problems for me. I like the interchangeable base plates too.

December 15, 2008, 06:44 PM
Never had a problem with MecGars and they're inexpensive as well.

December 15, 2008, 08:15 PM
chip mcormick, they are inexpensive but they are by no means "cheap" they are 1/2 price of teh wilson mags, and i think just as good. I have had great luck with the kim pro tac mags as well.

December 15, 2008, 08:36 PM
Chip McCormick Power Mag.

Mad Magyar
December 15, 2008, 08:40 PM
Did someone say "COLT"? :)

December 15, 2008, 08:45 PM
Why not go with the best?

Wilson Combat 47Ds

December 15, 2008, 09:11 PM
Can someone ID a MecGars mag by seeing if the follower is different than standard? I think this is the type if mag that works best in my Kimber CDP Pro II.

I am just not sure and never was, since I bought these 3 mags not in any boxes.

A CDP ProII has a soft alloy feed ramp, and the OEM mags made by Kimber began to chew the ramp up. I stopped using this gun and hunted down mags, and found these MecGars I think which have a turned down follower and don't cut into the feed ramp.

Where the cuts are made is below the nose of the round, but still there is no sence chopping up a feed ramp.

Do wilson and Chip McCormick mags have any choice of follower types?

I searched here and still can't tell if my mags are MecGars

December 16, 2008, 10:18 AM
I have a Novak 8rnd that I use in my RIA GI thats been perfect for me. Ive heard nothing but good things about them.

December 16, 2008, 10:24 AM
+1 on MecGar...


December 16, 2008, 10:48 AM
Why not go with the best?

Wilson Combat 47Ds

That's all I carry.

They may not work in your gun though, and you will need to function test them. Of eight that I've recently purchased, one doesn't work to my level of satisfaction. That one is in the stack of mags for "Training Purposes".


December 16, 2008, 11:03 AM
I found this information to be most useful in determining the magazines I wanted to use:


Len S
December 16, 2008, 12:04 PM
from Hilton Yam's 10-8 forumswww.10-8forums.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=34673&an=0&page=0#34673

and from his website on www.10-8Performance.com/id17.htmlwhich mag set up he uses and why

December 16, 2008, 08:15 PM
In my Government and Commander size 1911s, I use Wilson Combat 8 round magazines. For my Springfield Loaded 1911-A1 in .40 S&W, I use MecGar magazines.

December 16, 2008, 09:56 PM
Wilson Combat 8 Round Mags work flawlessly in my Colt Government Model..

December 16, 2008, 10:45 PM
I tend to use the 7-round Checkmate mags with hybrid lips and dimpled follower. Reasonably priced if you buy them in lots (6 or 7 and more) directly from Checkmate.

December 16, 2008, 11:57 PM

+1 factory mags, so far no problems.

December 17, 2008, 12:10 AM
+1 on 47D

December 17, 2008, 08:30 AM
7-round Checkmate mags with hybrid lips and dimpled followerHard to beat for reliability. I have one finicky 1911, and that 7 round Checkmate and an old Colt mag are what will make it run.

December 17, 2008, 10:33 AM
+1 on Chip McCormic Classic 8rnd mags.


December 17, 2008, 10:45 AM
I picked up some Chip McCormick Shooting Star mags... they seem fine, but I was a bit miffed about the crummy weld/solder that runs the length of the magazine... looked pretty cheap and amateurish.

December 17, 2008, 10:59 AM
Whatever works in your gun. Before you go an load up on XXX Brand because a bunch of people on the interwebz told you to, why not try one or two of each major brand and find out what works in your gun? I've got 4 1911s and none have met a mag they didn't like. I happen to like Tripp cobramags (www.trippresearch.com), mostly because of the springs, followers, tubes, and, lowest on the list, feedlips.

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