CMC Power Mags vs Wilson 47D Mags


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Killer Angel
March 9, 2004, 05:45 AM
Which among the Chip McCormick Power Mags or Wilson 47D make better 8 Round Magazines for 1911 pistols?Are their 10 Round Mags as reliable as their 8 Round Mags.
THANKS.

Killer angel

PS.How would you compare the Tripp Research Cobra Mags to the CMC and Wilson Mags?How much better are the Cobra Mags and are they worth the price?
THANKS.

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greygun
March 9, 2004, 10:00 AM
Both are good mags. The choice comes down to which works better in your weapon. I have a Kimber TLE that doesn't play nicely with Wilson mags., although they work well in my other guns. I use mostly the Power Mags., just for consistency, but I doubt you'll go wrong with either. The only exception might be if you have an aluminum frame. The metal follower on the Power Mag might dig into the feed ramp as the last round is fed. With the plastic followers, the Wilson mags won't do that.

VaughnT
March 9, 2004, 10:01 AM
KA, I shoot and carry 47D's. I do have some Powermags, but I don't carry them because they have a huge billboard-like rollmark on the side that I don't like (open carry, on duty).

The Powermag has a steel follower that has to be more durable and longer lasting simply because it's steel and not plastic.

Of course, I'm not experiencing failures with my 47d's, so take that for what it's worth.

Both have well-made bodies and removeable baseplates. Neither has given me any types of hassle, regardless of shooting conditions.

The Cobra mag is certainly more expensive. The follower is a combination of plastic and steel, with the harder steel working the slide lock lever so there isn't any wear in the equation. Does it work significantly better to justify the higher cost? I can't say that it does. If my 47D's are functioning fine (I have to remember to get some new springs!), what can the Cobra do for me?

Honestly, after all is said and done, I would look around your house and figure out which brand is more available. If the CMC mags are in every shop, but you have to order 47's through the mail, go with the CMC and don't feel bad. Both are great if your gun likes them.

Soap
March 9, 2004, 10:25 AM
I hate McCormick mags...or my guns hate them. They haven't been very reliable for me, especially on the last round (which is probably due to the design of their follower). Their springs are also known to crap out earlier than other mag brands. I have had zero problems with the Wilsons...so far.

Siggyboy
March 9, 2004, 10:42 AM
KA, I shoot and carry 47D's. I do have some Powermags, but I don't carry them because they have a huge billboard-like rollmark on the side that I don't like (open carry, on duty).

I've never seen Powermags with a big rollmark on them. Either that is an old feature or they just started doing it. I have lots of CMC Powermags and they are just stainless steel with witness holes.

Otherwise I agree with greygun. They are both good mags. I give the nod to the Wilsons because its possible for the Powermag follower to move forward and stick on the feedramp. Its a possibility that the Wilson mags don't have but both mags have worked great for me. I don't have experience with the Cobra mags and wish Tripp Research would go back to its beautiful chroming rather than making mags!

dbshabo
March 9, 2004, 10:47 AM
Check out these mags from Cope's Dist. They are made by ACT-MAG in Italy. Novak is selling the mags under license. I ordered two of the stainless mags for use in my S&W1911. The mags I got had Novak's stamp on the body. These mags are heavy duty with removable floorplates. The follower is steel and is a stepped design (don't know the proper terminology). I have put ~500 rounds thru my gun with these mags with zero feeding or hold open problems. Cope's price is ~$6 cheaper than Novak's price. I'm gonna get a few more.

Shabo

cratz2
March 9, 2004, 10:51 AM
I would feel very well armed with the Power Mags, 7 round Wilsons or 8 round Wilsons... I've had almost 100% experience with all of them though everything being equal, I prefer the Power Mags. Actually, I prefer the Power Mags with Metalform rounded followers... Slick as glass feeding.

agtman
March 9, 2004, 01:28 PM
I've used Wilson's 8-rd .45 mags in a stock SA 1911, and they worked great.

Don't know if this will help, but the following link takes you to a recent review of Tripp's 9-rd Cobra mags in 10mm AUTO that I bought for my Delta Elite. The report covers construction, "fit" and range testing. Tripp also makes Cobras for 1911s in .38 Super and .45acp, with the 10mm mag being a "dual use" mag for those with .40S&W 1911s.

http://bren-ten.com/agtman-delta/id7.html

sundance43.5
March 9, 2004, 04:47 PM
I use the CMC mags exclusively and have never had a malfunction of any kind, not one. I use the shooting star and Power mags and haven't found one to be better than the other.

I also use one of the 10rnd Power mags for range work and it has been flawless and very useful at the range. The only thing I don't like about it is it sticks out of the bottom and takes a little hand adjustment to get a better grip.

Chris

Sean Smith
March 9, 2004, 05:42 PM
I've used lots of Wilson mags in my .45 ACP 1911s. Always worked great. I like the 47DC with the small metal base pad.

Harold Mayo
March 9, 2004, 07:58 PM
Oddly, my own experience with them has been just the opposite of D. Flory's...almost all of the Wilson mags that I have had just didn't have the spring life of the CMC mags. Never had any problems other than that with either of them, though.

Black_Talon
March 9, 2004, 09:33 PM
I've had trouble with Wilson mags. They haven't been very reliable for me, especially on the last round (which is probably due to the design of their follower). Their springs are also known to crap out earlier than other mag brands. I have had zero problems with the CMC PowerMags.

HadEmAll
March 10, 2004, 01:43 AM
I'm tired of last round feeding problems with my Wilson 47Ds. Perfect for a while, then the last round problems started. I replaced the springs with Wolff 8-round springs, perfect for a while, then the last round feeding problems crept up again. I've just ordered the 7 round spring and follower kits from Wilson. They are reputed to be more reliable. I hope so. I'm looking for some Powermags to try. I've had excellent results with Mecgar 8 rounders by the way.

Sven
March 10, 2004, 03:30 AM
I cleaned my Wilsons for the first time after thousands and thousands of rounds and - guess what? They work perfectly again - though the springs could use a refresher.

HadEmAll
June 25, 2004, 02:52 PM
I don't know if anybody is still interested in this posting, but I've now got 3 PowerMags (8 rounders) and three Wilson 47D's converted with Wilson parts into 7 rounders. I only load 7 in the PowerMags. I haven't had the first malfunction with either yet. I think some of my problems were with the factory Kimber extractor, and am now using a Wilson Bulletproof. I like the followers on the PowerMags better than the Wilsons, but as I say, all's fine so far with both.

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