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1911: Mag Preference

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by nksmfamjp, Sep 7, 2008.


What magazines do you prefer for 5" 1911?

  1. Wilson 7rd

    7 vote(s)
  2. Wilson 8rd

    40 vote(s)
  3. Checkmate 7rd

    3 vote(s)
  4. Checkmate 8rd

    3 vote(s)
  5. Springfield

    8 vote(s)
  6. Kimber

    9 vote(s)
  7. Ed Brown

    2 vote(s)
  8. Cobra mags

    7 vote(s)
  9. CMC Standard

    10 vote(s)
  10. CMC Power Mags

    19 vote(s)
  11. Colt "hybrid" 7rd

    5 vote(s)
  12. Other

    18 vote(s)
  1. nksmfamjp

    nksmfamjp Well-Known Member

    What mags do you prefer for your 1911?
  2. brentwal

    brentwal Well-Known Member

    Wilson's 7 or 8rnd
  3. Crow1108

    Crow1108 Well-Known Member

    Kimber 8 round Kim-pro tac mags. Feed every round flawlessly in my Stainless II. I've had problems with the Wilsons feeding the last round.
  4. SoCalShooter

    SoCalShooter Well-Known Member

    Wilson's I bought a couple and they are worth the price in my opinion. I tried some of the cheaper chip mckormick 8 rounders and they suck. I also have some Pachmeyer magazines that work well also and my metal forms are flawless.
  5. Lookn4Brass

    Lookn4Brass Well-Known Member

    Ditto on the Metalform magazines. I have never had one fail, or fail to lock open a slide. I have tried Wilson mags or ones with similar type followers, in alot of guns, and there are alot of 1911s out there that won't hold the slide open with a Wilson type mag follower, unless you change the gun's slide stop and spend some time tweaking it. Most slide stops chew up the the composite follower material at the slide stop contact point. That's alot more costly than just buying a Metalform mag. I would trust my life to them in a carry gun too. They even work great with shortened slide models
  6. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    cmc mags and kimpro tac mags have been good to me, also i have nothing negative to say about sa factory mags. they are a little crude but they work. and with the "loaded" coupon they came at quite a good deal.
  7. kcshooter

    kcshooter Well-Known Member

    I shoot a lot with CMC's, but have had to replace springs, but even with replacing the springs they are a great value. The CMC powermags have all been great.
    After a few thousand rounds, every Wilson I've ever owned needed the springs replaced. I also have a Springer that chokes on them.
    The first gen Tripps were terrible, and I'm still so peeved I haven't tried the second gen yets.
    Metalforms and Colts are great in the 7rd option, but I prefer an 8rd.
    I've found the only 8rd magazines that universally work in every 1911 I own and hold up to thousands of rounds without any issues whatsoever are the Checkmates.
    If you're a 1911 fan, and you haven't tried one of the Checkmates yet, you really owe it to yourself to give them a try. They are pretty darn impressive.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2008
  8. DrDeFab

    DrDeFab Well-Known Member

  9. Frog48

    Frog48 Well-Known Member

    Chip McCormack 8 round mags.
  10. SureThing

    SureThing Well-Known Member

    I've been wanting to know this also.
  11. Prof. A. Wickwire

    Prof. A. Wickwire Well-Known Member


    If by "CMC Standard" you mean his Shooting Star 8-rounders, that's what I carry. Although, I am starting to lean more towards his Power Mags.


    Prof. A. Wickwire
  12. theken206

    theken206 Well-Known Member

    kimber 7 and 8 rounders and les baer 8rnd
  13. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    I've had equal success with both Wilson and CMC.
  14. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    Everytime this question comes up, my answer is the same...Wilson 8 rounders! I have tried several others & these have proven the most loyal & reliable!
  15. funnelcake

    funnelcake Well-Known Member

    Colt factory 7 rounders or Mec-Gar 7 round with a Colt follower. Haven't tried the Checkmates but have heard good things about them.

  16. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Colt hybrids when I can find them, SA 7rd mags otherwise.
  17. Pumpkinheaver

    Pumpkinheaver Well-Known Member

    I like the wilson or cmc power mags the best.
  18. SureThing

    SureThing Well-Known Member

    Checkmates seem to be all the rage over on the 1911 forums. Anyone know how much they are?
  19. SpiderJohn

    SpiderJohn Well-Known Member

    I like Novaks.
  20. tracman2

    tracman2 Member


    never had a Wilson failure.....never......:cool:

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