Please Share Mec-Gar Experiences


July 31, 2009, 10:30 AM
Yes, I searched. :D

Please share your experiences with Mec-Gar mags. I'm looking to pick up some extra mags for my Browning BDA-380, and the most common ones out there seem to be the Mec-Gar aftermarket ones. They're about $20 cheaper than either the Browning OEM mags or the Beretta 84 OEM mags. I'm willing to spend the extra $20 per mag for OEM mags, but only if there are significant quality issues with the Mec-Gar mags.

Thanks in advance for any input you can provide...

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July 31, 2009, 10:40 AM
Mec-Gar's are great. A lot of times they ARE the OEM manufacturer for the big companies. Stay away from Pro-Mags-absolutely terrible.

July 31, 2009, 10:41 AM
It is very likely the Browning mags were made by Mec-Gar as an OEM item. From my experience in CZ's, Mec-Gars are an industry standard, i.e. excellent in every way. The Mec-Gar supplied with my CZ-97 has fed over 5,000 rounds and performs flawlessly; still has the original mag spring.

The Mec-Gars for your Browning should perform beautifully.

July 31, 2009, 10:44 AM
Great, thanks for both of your inputs!

July 31, 2009, 01:04 PM
Mec-Gar makes or has made OEM mags for AMT, Armscor, Astra, Beretta, Bernadelli, FN Browning, Charles Daly, Colt, CZ, IMI, Kel-Tec, Kimber, Llama, NAA, Remington, Ruger, Sigarms, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, STI , Star, Steyr, Tanfoglio, Taurus & Walther, among others.

That ought to tell you something!


July 31, 2009, 01:17 PM
What you've already seen...Mec-Gars I've had either WERE the OEM, or were as good.

July 31, 2009, 01:26 PM
MEC-GAR= Good to Go

July 31, 2009, 01:49 PM
Unless you're buying magazines for a 1911, it's likely that the Mecgars will be The Best Magazines Evar.

Coltman 77
July 31, 2009, 02:44 PM
I have several Mec-Gars for my BHP's.

They are top quality stuff. :)

July 31, 2009, 03:47 PM
Best mags...worst customer service.

July 31, 2009, 03:53 PM
Outstanding mags - I use them exclusively in all my Berettas.

July 31, 2009, 03:57 PM
Mec Gars actually are the oem manufacturer of Browning and Beretta mags, and Sig mags, CZ, mags, and a few other big names. The price difference is about right, so its not like you are looking at some junk mags that won't work. I have bought several MecGar mags for my CZ 75 and both my Sig 226 and 229. The function perfectly every time. MecGars are factory mags for those guns...(oh yeah my Beretta 92 also)...I've tried them all and have never had a problem, just cost a little less.

July 31, 2009, 05:34 PM
You can go wrong by buying a lot of off-brand magazines, and more than a few leap to mind. But the MecGar line is NOT among them. MecGar quality is exactly like original manufacturer quality because MecGar often IS the original manufacturer.

July 31, 2009, 09:04 PM
they're grrrrrrreat!

July 31, 2009, 09:08 PM
I've been trying to find a replacement follower for a BHP 13rd Mec-Gar for a couple weeks now.

Good luck trying to find parts for Mec-Gars when they break. The one time I was actually able to get through to them by phone years ago, the parts never did show up. I've been calling them lately and getting an answering machine.

August 2, 2009, 10:15 AM
I have mecgars in two of my ccw's. Other than the ACT/Novak mags in my SIG P220, they are the ONLY aftermarket mags I would trust my life with!

August 2, 2009, 12:46 PM
Mec-Gar magazines are also OEM for all the Kahr series pistols. I carry a PM9 every day (for years) and love it. Completely reliable.

August 2, 2009, 03:35 PM
Mec-Gar makes the mags for most CZ handguns as well as BHP's. GREAT quality.

Seven High
August 2, 2009, 06:51 PM
Mec-Gar magazines are very good quallity. I have bought them for several different semi autos. They are usually cheaper than OEM magazines.

August 2, 2009, 09:07 PM

Try and remember:

MecGar's - GOOD! :D

ProMag's - Not so good.... :barf:

Personal experience talking....;)


August 2, 2009, 10:57 PM
Mec-Gar magazines are also OEM for all the Kahr series pistols.

I thought Kahr made them in house or subcontracted them out to someone more local. From where do you get this information? That's the first time I've ever heard that.

Kahr magazines don't look anything like other OEM Mec-Gar mags and they sure don't say Made In Italy.

Deer Hunter
August 2, 2009, 11:01 PM
Best there are.

At least for my CZs.

August 2, 2009, 11:26 PM
For CZs, Mec-Gar replacement parts (followers, springs, base plates,rubber coated baseplates, extended base plates) are readily available through the CZ Custom shop.

Springs are available at several places including

If you can't find parts for your mags, check with the gun company.

August 11, 2009, 03:06 AM
So what you guys are telling me is that if I order Magazines for my 1911 Mil - Spec pistol directely from Springfield armory I am actually getting mags made for them from Mec Gar co.?

August 11, 2009, 03:31 AM
So what you guys are telling me is that if I order Magazines for my 1911 Mil - Spec pistol directely from Springfield armory I am actually getting mags made for them from Mec Gar co.?

No, nobody said that. Rcmodel said mec-gar had made mags for SA, but not that they made SA's 1911 magazines. They make many guns besides their 1911s. Their 1911 magazines are made by Metalform, and are quite good, definitely as good as Mec-Gar magazines and maybe better. At $9 with the "coupon" they are a great deal.

August 11, 2009, 04:23 AM
Mec Gars actually are the oem manufacturer of ... Beretta mags...This may have been true in the past, but Beretta mags are currently made, and have been for some time now, by MDS (Meccanica Del Sarca), a Beretta owned company.

I have MecGars for my CZ75B and they have performed perfectly.

evan price
August 11, 2009, 06:19 AM
I've tried other mags in my guns- for me, it's either actual factory mags, or Mec-Gar and often, the Mec-Gar mags ARE the factory mags. Pro-Mag = Jam-mag.
Speaking from experience here.

Where can I get Metalform 1911 mags for $9? I need a handful of 1911 mags!

August 11, 2009, 06:24 AM
Got two Mec-Gar 17-round flush-fitting mags for my Ruger P89. Work just like the factory mag, no drama. Mec-Gar made the follower really really thin, to accommodate two more rounds. The follower looks to me that it's going to flip over in the tube as soon as I load it with rounds, but it never did...

August 11, 2009, 12:06 PM
I have Mec Gar mags for my BHP and all 3 of my CZ's. Good quality,no problems at all and very reasonably priced.
I have tried a couple other brands of after market mags and they just plain sucked.
IMO Mec Gar is top notch

August 11, 2009, 12:24 PM
Here's a pic of my Taurus PT99 with the New Mec-Gar Optimum 18rd flush fit mag......I love the mag and have shot 100's of rounds flawlessly through it without a hitch!

August 11, 2009, 04:17 PM
Years ago, I bought two Mec-Gar after market mags for a ruger mk II. They were very poor quality, soft bodied and could not be made to work. The company had a very bad name at that time. When I heard that they were making the SIG magazines, I avoided buying a new SIG for several years. I don't believe SIG would have stayed with them if the quality issues still pertained. It seems that, at least with the magazines they make directly for gun companies, they have resolved any and all problems.

August 11, 2009, 06:54 PM
I have about 40 Meg-Gar mags (mostly 1911 types in all cartridges --9mm, 10mm, 38 Super, .45). They have all worked fine, although some load one round less than advertised (a couple of the 38 Super hold 8, and a few 10mm hold 7), but they work fine.

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