Chip McCormick or other 8rd 1911 mags


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AethelstanAegen
April 10, 2011, 05:06 PM
I recently purchased my first 1911 (a Cimarron government model). It came with an 8rd magazine with the plastic extension. I'm not a fan of the magazines with the plastic extension (I guess I'm a traditionalist...I like the flush fitting mags).

I was thus looking for 7rd mags when I stumbled on the Chip McCormick Shooting Star Magazines. I was intrigued as they're 8rd mags but still flush fitting. They also seem to be well reviewed on MidwayUSA. Anyone have any experience with these or other flush fitting 8rd mags? I'm interested if anyone has had any trouble with the last round feeding (or any feeding problems).

Thanks in advance!

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rellascout
April 10, 2011, 05:10 PM
OK range mags. I like the Powermags better. $23 a pop for 8 rounders.

http://www.cmcmags.com/Powermags.html

jmr40
April 10, 2011, 05:18 PM
What you saw was not an extension, but a bumper pad to make it easier to get the magazine fully inserted. All 7 and 8 round magazines are the same length. Some come with the pad, some without. ( this includes 7 round magazines as well. ) Some come with the pad and you can add it if you want.

I have had great luck with the CMC mags and highly recommend them.

AethelstanAegen
April 10, 2011, 05:32 PM
Do the powermags fit flush in the grip? It looks like they have the bumper pads (thanks for the clarification jmr40, I'm new to 1911s but really enjoying it so far). I was looking for something with the flat bottom. I noticed MidwayUSA has "Chip McCormick Match Grade Magazine" which for me are about $5 more than the Shooting Stars (I've been looking at Midway as I get the dealer prices due to my C&R). Are the Match Grades worth the extra $5?

If the non-bumper pad 8rd mags are unreliable, does anyone have a good recommendation for a 7rd mag with a flat bottom? I'll definitely keep the Powermags in mind, but I was hoping to avoid the bumper pad completely.

EDIT: I just realized, are the bumper pads on the powermag removable? If so, that might do the trick perfectly.

Thanks for the input so far!

bigfatdave
April 10, 2011, 05:35 PM
CMC mags are pretty good.
I have some of them, but I like the Wilson magazines a bit more, so that's what I watch for sales on.

Sauer Grapes
April 10, 2011, 06:07 PM
If the non-bumper pad 8rd mags are unreliable, does anyone have a good recommendation for a 7rd mag with a flat bottom?

Nothing wrong with the flush mags. Work fine for range use IMO. I use them.

jackpinesavages
April 10, 2011, 06:08 PM
I have the CMC Powers in 8 and 10 round. Never a malfunction yet and they were bought used. That may be more of a reflection on Caspian or STI, though. :)

2wheels
April 10, 2011, 06:10 PM
My Chip McCormicks run perfectly, no complaints.

EddieNFL
April 10, 2011, 07:22 PM
Excellent results with Powermags. Shooting Stars are a step down, IMO.

wally
April 10, 2011, 07:25 PM
What you saw was not an extension, but a bumper pad to make it easier to get the magazine fully inserted

There is a real good chance his came with an 8 round Mec-Gar mag which indeed does have a plastic floor plate that extends below the grip and can act like a bumper. But it is removable to clean the mag.

+1 to the CMC "Shooting Star" mags. Sure you can pay more, but they work in all my 1911s so I've never seen the need. Mags are pretty binary in function either they work or not.

BikerRN
April 10, 2011, 07:28 PM
My suggestion is to try each magazine with the gun.

I have some guns that run like a scalded cat on fire with Wilson's, and others do the same with Chip's mags. Also, just because one magazine by a maker works in a gun is no guarantee that they all will.

BikerRN

mrbro
April 10, 2011, 07:44 PM
I have 6 Shooting Stars that were bought at different times that I run on 2 different 1911s, one an old GI Colt and another a parts gun I built. They run fine and I've never had a problem with them.

JTQ
April 10, 2011, 08:18 PM
All 7 and 8 round magazines are the same length.
This is not true.

Case in point, Wilson Combat. The model 47 is a seven round mag. The model 47D is an 8 round mag they are the same length. However, Wilson ETM magazines are 8 round mags that are longer.
http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Magazines/departments/1/

Tripp Research makes 7 round and 8 round magazines. They are different lengths regardless of the pad.
http://www.trippresearch.com/store/store_1911.html

Checkmate makes a 7 and 8 rounder that are the same length, but also makes an 8 rounder that is longer.
http://www.checkmatemagazines.com/cart/pc/home.asp

ACT-Mag (also known as Novak, Wolff, and come as factory with some pistols) are also longer than a 7 round mag.

There are others.


Both Checkmate and Tripp have 7 round mags without a base pad. As do many others. The Chip McCormick PowerMags are designed to work with the base pad on. I believe you open yourself up to problems using the mag without the pad since it is a removable base and not welded on.

Sixty Gunner
April 10, 2011, 08:37 PM
I tried the CMC 8-round mag a couple of years ago. It worked great until the first time it was accidentally dropped on it's feed lips, and then it was trash. A little more durability would make these excellent buys. As-is though...Nope. You get what you pay for. Wilson Combat for me now.

jmr40
April 10, 2011, 09:18 PM
I'm pretty sure the Chip McCormics come with the bumper pads, but they are loose in the bag along with machine screws. The bottom of the mags ahve a pre drilled hole. You can mount the pads if you want, or leave them off.

I have not bought any mags in years and have 20-30 of different types. Some are 7 round GI mags, some are Wilson, CMC, as well as factory Colt, Kimber and and even a Mec-Gar or 2. all have been 100% reliable in the 4 1911's I currently own. I have owned other less reliable guns in the past, but they are long gone.

I like the flush fit mags to carry in the gun because they do help make it a tad shorter, but the magazines with the pads are better for spares. You will sometimes not get the flush fit mags seated all the way when reloading quickly. The mags with the pads are helpful

AethelstanAegen
April 10, 2011, 09:44 PM
Thank you for the all the replies. Given everyone's recommendations, I think I'll buy a small cross section of the offerings (ie a Shooting Star, a power mag, maybe something from wilson, etc) and then just see what my 1911 likes best. I really appreciate all the input..I'm glad I've been able to add the 1911 to my collection and I really appreciate everyone's sound advice.

Dr.cry
April 11, 2011, 12:43 AM
+1 Mec-Gar 8 rd. These fit in my 1911-R1, when Wilson 8 rd. mags didn't.

Snowdog
April 11, 2011, 01:03 AM
After purchasing my first 1911 (Kimber Classic Custom, first series), I purchased 5 CMC 8-round Shooting Star magazines.
Mine have fixed base plates and prevents cleaning in the traditional way, that's my only complaint. Other than that, they've proven 100% reliable from both my Kimber and my RIA.

sleepyone
April 11, 2011, 01:34 AM
CMC powermag 8 rounders would not work with my Dan Wesson Patriot EXP 1911. The slide hung on all four of them. I stuck with my Colt 7 round magazines which work flawlessly. I don't care for the bumper pads either.

nathan
April 11, 2011, 02:08 AM
I was about to order this one at midwayusa together with the flat MSH tomorrow.


http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=815261


Is CMC making the Shooting Star brand and also making contract mags for Colt like the one above ?

Hk Dan
April 11, 2011, 05:58 PM
You realize that you're buying commander length mags for a government model right? Don't do that. LOL

My experience with McCormicks and MecGar has been overwhelmingly positive, and yes, go with the bumper pad. Reloads are far more reliable.

Winkman822
April 11, 2011, 06:10 PM
You realize that you're buying commander length mags for a government model right? Don't do that. LOL

My experience with McCormicks and MecGar has been overwhelmingly positive, and yes, go with the bumper pad. Reloads are far more reliable.
Commander and Government sized guns use the same mags...Officers' sized guns on the other hand, use a shorter mag.

As for which brand of magazine, best choices are Wilson 47D, Wilson ETM or Tripp Research Cobra mags. My personal preferance is for Wilsons.

DoubleTapDrew
April 11, 2011, 08:33 PM
I feel the Wilson 47D are a little better, however I have some CMC powermags (they were on sale at one point for like $16ea at midway vs. about $25 ea for wilsons) and they haven't had a single problem in them either so unless you can get the wilsons for the same price as CMC they are a great choice.

Winkman822
April 11, 2011, 09:02 PM
I feel the Wilson 47D are a little better, however I have some CMC powermags (they were on sale at one point for like $16ea at midway vs. about $25 ea for wilsons) and they haven't had a single problem in them either so unless you can get the wilsons for the same price as CMC they are a great choice.
I've got a couple of CMC Power Mags as well and they've been flawless on the function front, the only thing I don't like is the follower design...something about the non-skirted Devel follower just makes me feel uncomfortable, especially with an alloy framed gun.

silversport
April 12, 2011, 09:07 AM
My suggestion is to try each magazine with the gun.

I have some guns that run like a scalded cat on fire with Wilson's, and others do the same with Chip's mags. Also, just because one magazine by a maker works in a gun is no guarantee that they all will.

BikerRN

my experience exactly...I've not had good luck with 8 rounders so I stick to the 7s...
Bill

1911Tuner
April 12, 2011, 09:25 AM
Snowdog...Fixed/welded baseplates is the traditional way, and they're actually less hassle to disassemble and clean than the ones with removeable baseplates.

JTQ
April 12, 2011, 02:31 PM
I don't have one, but I've always imagined it would be pretty tough getting that Tripp hybrid follower out of their 7 round welded base plate mag.

Jeff H
April 12, 2011, 04:23 PM
I have 4 CMC Powermags and 1 shooting star and haven't had a bit of problems out of any of them.

RSVP2RIP
April 12, 2011, 06:59 PM
The Powermag + has a different follower design that does not move forward like the old Devel base of the standard Powermag. My power mags have been loaded for over 4 years and one decided to misfeed the last round occasionally so they all got new springs and followers. I wen't with the Powermag + followers because I never really cared one way or the other with the old style and the work great now. I was amazed that the old springs were 3 inches shorter after being loaded for so long, and still working almost 100%, but almost isn't good enough. I think I'll start replacing/rebuilding after 2 years.

Dimis
April 13, 2011, 03:07 AM
I have had absolutly no problem with any of my CMC power mags with the bumpers

that being said if you get the CMC powermags you CAN just remove the bumbers they are only screwed on the bottom and if you remove the pad its a flush 8 rounder

all of my CMC mags came with the bumper un-installed and had to put the pad on myself

oh edited to add the mag i had the most problems with was a wilson combat mag

bubbinator
April 13, 2011, 03:55 AM
Don't go too crazy about name brands and commercial hype! Find one that works and buys some and be happy! I carry a SA 1911A1 on duty and off with 5 Chip McCormick Shooting Stars I got from Brownell's and qualified for 15 yrs 4 times a year, shooting several hundred rds each time without fail. Many brands are excellent, shop around. My mag from Brownell's (5) were less than $90.

JTQ
April 13, 2011, 07:55 AM
that being said if you get the CMC powermags you CAN just remove the bumbers they are only screwed on the bottom and if you remove the pad its a flush 8 rounder

all of my CMC mags came with the bumper un-installed and had to put the pad on myself
You're not describing the PowerMag. You are describing either "Shooting Stars" or the "Match Grade" models. The base pad of the PowerMag and PowerMag+ mags do not screw on. The mags come with the pad installed and are not designed to work without the pad on.

http://www.cmcmags.com/

Dimis
April 13, 2011, 12:22 PM
jtq you are correct sir and i do appologize im useing the match grades not power mags

but non the less flawless performance

Talin342
April 13, 2011, 12:25 PM
Chip McCormick mags are great! I have a couple of 8-round mags and they work very well. Wilson mags are very good too.

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