Sig p220 oem mag question


January 31, 2013, 01:00 AM
Hi all. I just gave in a bought a couple of oem mags for my p220 elite dark. I wanted to wait a little while but I found a decent deal (for the times) on a couple so I went ahead and ordered them. I've read that mec-gar made the oem mags for sig for many years but that sig has recently switched to checkmate for their oem mags. I seem to get the feeling that many on other forums feel the checkmate mags are substandard compared to the mec-gars. Does anyone have experience with both mags? If so what's your opinion? I'm inclined to believe either one will work great as I've seen quite a few complaints about mec-gar as well during my research.

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January 31, 2013, 01:22 AM
I'm unaware of any checkmate P220 magazines. But, if there were any, I'd want the mec gars.

January 31, 2013, 01:54 AM
I haven't heard of Checkmates in P220s either.

The OEM Mec-Gars I have are 100%.

evan price
January 31, 2013, 06:06 AM
I've never seen or heard of Checkmate mags for Sigs, except possibly for the 1911 Sigs which could take any 1911 mag?

The P220 MecGar mags are what I would only accept, with the zig-zag seam on the back. They work 100% and I see no reason to try anything else.

January 31, 2013, 07:51 AM
Here the late Mr. Camp comments on a "newer" SIG P220 and the different mags that come with it. Some have experienced problems with longer rounds not feeding properly in the new style mags.

January 31, 2013, 08:44 AM
I was at SHOT 2013 and that would be news to me.I have always used Mec-Gars in my SIGs since factory mags were so expensive and the ones with the zig-zag(not mec-gar) sometimes would open up after heavy use.
When Meg-Gar became the OEM for SIG they made them to new SIGs specs and included a seamless back(no zig-zag).
My original Mec-Gar(pre-sig) mags with their own design have been flawless.I have over 20 of these and they have never failed.
The new SIG mags made by Mec-Gar are great and work well but $$.

January 31, 2013, 10:26 AM
The latest incarnation of P220 mags are extruded steel, which is why you don't see any seams. It is true that the current 8 round magazines cannot load rounds that don't have a profile and OAL similar to FMJ. I have some mec gar 7 round mags that will take anything. It's based on the "front to back" distance of the mag body.

January 31, 2013, 12:18 PM
While I have heard of Checkmate magazines for the SIG 226 and 229...and the related problems...I haven't heard that they have started using them in the 220 yet.

Mec-Gar is the OEM of SIG 220 magazines and they work very well. I personally prefer the old dove-tail backed 220 magazines, but that is just a personal thing. When I shoot my 220 in IDPA, I have had complete reliability with Mec-Gar and ACT-Mag magazines

January 31, 2013, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the feedback!

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