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Which magazine is more reliable

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by STEVE M, May 20, 2003.


Which magazine is more reliable?

  1. fully loaded 7 round magazine

    23 vote(s)
  2. 8 round magazine loaded with 7 rounds

    4 vote(s)
  3. Other (any other choices you have)

    5 vote(s)
  1. STEVE M

    STEVE M Well-Known Member

    So which is more reliable? I've heard that 7 rounders are more so

    than 8 rounders but that is fully loaded. I've been wondering

    about the downloaded mags.

    I realize this is kinda sided toward the 1911 mags, but if you

    feel something else is even more reliable choose #3 and explain

    your reasons!
  2. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    In 1911s I have found seven round magazines to be more reliable than eight round magazines because of the follower. The seven round follower has a better angle of attack. YMMV.
  3. Triad

    Triad Well-Known Member


    I think the quality of materials, workmanship and design have more to do with how reliable the mag will be rather than the capacity.
  4. tbeb

    tbeb Well-Known Member

    My 8-rd. magazine loaded with 7 rds. has been just as reliable as my 7-rd. magazine loaded with 7 rds.
  5. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    Kind of defeats the purpose of buying an eight round magazine then doesn't it?:scrutiny:
  6. Handy

    Handy Guest

    The most reliable mags I have are 8 rounders, but I don't know how often I've used them full up.

    Generally, unreliable mags have problems with the last couple rounds. If that is the case, then downloading would have no purpose.

    If you're carrying a defense gun, or shooting IDPA, I would think you'd want the extra round. If there is no mag that can reliably give you 8 in your gun, get a different gun.
  7. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    My experience with Colt Gummint mags is that the most reliable are the ones whose feed-control lips are set properly. That's why the Good Lord invented needle-nose pliers.

    :D, Art
  8. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    I wish they would have just left the damn things alone. The 7 rounders are known for better reliability, but the 8 round Wilsons I have seem to work equally well. They have a plastic follower that mimics the angle of the 7 rounders.
    I know from experience that other 8 round mags generally suck.
  9. Thumper

    Thumper Well-Known Member

    Though according to the gunrags it's not particularly gunny to say so, I believe newer Wilson 8 rounders (loaded to capacity) are perfectly reliable.
  10. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    My 7 round Wilsons & later, my 8 rounders have been 100% reliable!
  11. sm

    sm member

    Since the mag is such an important /critical part of reliabilty, I leave as little to Murphy Law as possible. Whether it be 1911 or other.

    I mark my mags, have them tuned and have some used only for carry FOR THAT GUN .

    I do have a Kimber that will use any mag with any ammo. Heck it'll work with a factory Kimber mag or a gummit Colt that's been stepped on...with some esoteric 250 gr lead 'huntin' loads.

    I keep a set of spares for each gun for carry. I check, tune and replace spring and follower as need.

    I do want to convert to the aluminun base pads though...

    IMO , regardless of brand, rd count, check and tune for specific guns . Yeah, I have my druthers. All my mags are currently loaded , and I always load mags to capacity.
  12. Handy

    Handy Guest

    Can anybody tell me how to tune my HK, Glock and Sig mags for reliability?
  13. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    Depends. Are you using cheap aftermarket mags? ;)
  14. Handy

    Handy Guest

    No, I would use only Wilson aftermarket mags, but they don't make any.

    Just like most 1911 manufacturers apparently don't make any reliable magazines.:)
  15. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    Do any of them actually make mags any more? :uhoh:
  16. sm

    sm member

  17. WonderNine

    WonderNine member

    I hear good things about the 8 round Chip McCormick Powermags.
  18. sm

    sm member

    Yes I've some of those for quite awhile. 1k's of rds , never a problem.I Prefer these over the Shooting Star .

    47 D's are the other ones I have a bunch of.

    On the range with students I'd have an assortment, of these and same in 7 rds. Student have a problem with mags kinda saved them $ on what mag .

    Have /use (d)
    the Wolffe, Clark's, Mec gar, Les Baer,...you name it.

    Find what works, buy in quanity, tune, inspect, maintain, and break out the carnuba wax for competition and carry.
  19. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    my experience has been dependable reliability with 7 round mags (shooting star) in my 1911s and "hit and miss" with the 8 round ones...but it has been awhile since i've bought new mags, and there have been alot of developments in the market...friends who shoot 1911s alot swear by the mccomacks'

    i've had really good luck with the 8 round ACT-Mag for my sig 220. they are using a longer tube rather than the shorter follower. very high quality, but the finish is a bit shinney. the company are former mec-gar employees. they also make a 1911 mag being marketed through Novak.
  20. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Well-Known Member

    Never had a problem with .45 ACP 1911s using Wilson 8-round magazines. And I've shot them alot.

    My 10mm 1911 always ran best with Colt 8-round magazines with the rounded metal followers and Wolff XP springs. Metalform sells the same mag for alot less money (the only difference is the bases). All the 9-round 10mm mags I fooled around with weren't dependable.

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