marking/numbering mags (for 1911)


March 1, 2009, 11:22 AM
I now have a buttload of Wilson 1911 mags, and some are having/creating assorted failures. I'm pretty sure it us due to worn followers and weak springs. I want to mark them to identify and isolate the problem mags from the good ones. I figure I can mark the baseplate or the back of mag body.

Big question- What can I use to mark the mags that will not wear off, and can be removed by cleaning/solvents if I want to change in the future? What do you folks do? Thanks!

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March 1, 2009, 11:30 AM
Hot soldering iron to melt roman numerals in the baseplate.

Go easy. A little pressure is a lot.

David E
March 1, 2009, 11:34 AM
use a Sharpie for now. Identify the bad ones, send them back to Wilson.

THEY WILL FIX THEM, probably for free.

As for permanent marking, I use an electric pencil on the back and side of the base pad. I also put the number just above the base pad on the back of the mag tube. I want to keep everything straight. No mess, no smell and it's hard to screw up. I use regular numbers, as I have quite a few mags.


March 1, 2009, 11:37 AM
I use my wife's nail polish. Ask permission first.

It comes off easily with, you guessed it, nail polish remover. I'm not sure what the remover will do to plastic parts, so be careful when you remove the markings.

Jolly Rogers
March 1, 2009, 11:43 AM
One of those electric engravers you can get at hardware stores. Small number at the bottom of the rear where it is flat. I'm up to 7 but that is just .45 1911 mags...

March 1, 2009, 02:34 PM
I keep a paint pen (from Hobby Lobby) in my range bag to mark mags that give troubles. I futz with them a couple of times (first new spring, follower, adjust feed lips, in that order) and junk 'em if problems persist.


March 1, 2009, 03:50 PM
Sharpie, I use silver on black mags and black on stainless mags.

I also use them to identify mags. I have several guns where at a glance the mags look just alike (G-20 and G-21), this helps me keep from picking up the wrong mag for the gun I am using.

The Lone Haranguer
March 1, 2009, 07:02 PM
Wite-Out or similar correction fluid. Use the liquid, which has a brush in the bottle with which you can paint the numerals; I prefer to put them on the base plate/pad. It will clean off with most any solvent. You may not want to use GunScrubber on a plastic base pad.

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