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Best 1911 magazine??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Blue Brick, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Blue Brick

    Blue Brick Well-Known Member

    If you have a generic 1911 which 1911 magazine is the best?
  2. docnyt

    docnyt Well-Known Member

    The one that works with your 1911 best. You gotta fit the shoe to the foot. Cheap Mecgars may work just as well as high end Wilson Combats and Checkmates.
  3. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

  4. Chip McCormick's work in all 3 of my 1911s. Hit the gun shows for some used ones.
  5. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Not this myth again...

    He also sells magazines.

    I've had good luck with Chip McCormick's magazines.
  6. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

  7. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Well-Known Member

    CMC does make good mags, with one exception. The eight round "Shooting Star" mags.

    I've also used MecGar, Colt and a few others I can't think of right now.

    What I've stuck to the last few years have been MetalForm. They work in all my 1911s and seem to last very well when dropped, tossed or stepped on in training.
  8. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    No reason the cheap Springfield mags shouldn't work just fine....But if you have an aluminum frame, be sure to get a mag with the correct follower, like in Tripp mags.
  9. hobgob

    hobgob Well-Known Member

    +1 for chip mccormick
  10. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    Never had a single problem with either Wilson or Chip Mcormick. Even the 8 round Shooting Star mags. All have worked 100% from multiple guns. Since the CMC mags seem to work just as well and are about 1/2 the cost of Wilsons I have more of them. If you read enough you will probably find more folks claiming the Wilson as the best.
  11. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

  12. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member

    Another +1 for Wilson or Chip Mcormick. I've got several of each and they work great.
  13. tlen

    tlen Well-Known Member

    Can't beat the CMC 10 round SS Power Mags. Get them when on sale at Midway.
  14. springfield30-06

    springfield30-06 Well-Known Member

    The 8 round shooting star magazines that I have work fine in my 1911...
  15. para38super

    para38super Active Member

    Power mags, Wilson 7rd/8rd mags, and Colt 7rd mags for work for me. I have been wanting to try Tripp Mags for a while, but can't justify the price.
  16. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    Mecgars have always worked for me in every platform I own....No excuses they work.
  17. 97guns

    97guns Well-Known Member

    best price performer has to be the mentioned CMC power mags, for the money there isn't one better.
  18. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Well-Known Member

    The truth is that because no 2 companies making 1911s really make them to the same specs, there isn't one right answer. It's not like 1 gun made by 1 company to 1 set of specs with 1 magazine designed to match like a Glock.

    The cheapest consistently reliable magazine in my experience is the Checkmate 7 round "hybrid" mag. They're around $20 and are basically an updated Colt 7 round design with feed lips that work well with a wide variety of bullet shapes. They don't look cool or tactical or whatever, but they work well.

    The nicest 7 round magazine I've come across is the new Ed Brown. It's a traditional design but made with a heavier stainless steel body and a slick coating on the follower. They feed with unreal, magnificent smoothness.

    As for 8 rounders...none of them have been consistently good for me. Wilson 47Ds work well out of the box, but the springs in them are weak and get weaker quickly. The Tripp CobraMags I've tried were simply bad, ramming rounds into the feed ramp at a bad angle. Flush-fit 8 round Shooting Stars and Metalforms I tried were just bad mags that never worked right.

    If I was try try 8 rounders again, I'd take a look at the new Ed Browns, since they look like their great 7 round design, just with an extended tube for that +1 round. But I've kind of lost interest in them.
  19. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Any magazine will fail if you use it long enough. I swapped springs in two dozen 47Ds last weekend. Mags still fed, but didn't always lock back the slide. The springs I removed were about three inches shorter than the replacements.

    The worst failure I've experienced was with a CMC Power Mag. Happened within the last month. During a match I performed a slidelock reload. I hit the slide stop and nothing happened. I tried a tap rack, still nothing. Tried to pull the mag from the frame - stuck. Looking at the top round I noticed it had move slightly forward in the mag, but the slide was still locked all the way. Ultimately, I had to use a squib rod to drive the mag from the gun. It was tight all the way out. Later, I emptied the mag and it worked fine. Reloaded it and it worked fine. I can only guess the round being out of position slightly swelled the sides.

    I have since relegated the CMCs to practice mags.
  20. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

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