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My First IDPA and now I hate Pro Mags

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TexasGunbie, Aug 28, 2010.

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  1. TexasGunbie

    TexasGunbie Member

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    Hi guys,

    Just went to my very first IDPA shooting. It was great fun and people were extremely friendly and safe.

    When I went today, there were about 20 people shooting in the match, and few of us were first-timers including myself. I brought my 1911 because it was my new toy and what's more fun than taking your new toy to your first match right? So here I am with a 1911 and the other 17 were shooting XDs, the other two were shooting a CZ and HK.

    Well before the match, I went out to buy two of these 8 rounds Promags because I only had a 7 rounder. So in the match today, everything was fine until I was at a course that needed to shoot at least 22 rounds. So doing the math, if I loaded everything to the max, I would have at most 23 rounds.

    So here I am loading all my magazines to max capacity, but when I did my first reload, these promags completely jammed my 1911. When I unjammed the gun, I realized the promags when loaded to max 8 rounds will have catch the bullet real tight in the magazine and will not feed at all. In fact when I tried to remove the round from the magazine, it took monstrous finger strength to yank it out.

    So have anyone had any experience with the 8 rounds promags? They are just horrible. It is absolutely unreliable as an 8 rounder. It did feed without any issue with I load 7 in there. But the magazine was so sharp that it dent the casing on every bullet too. Good thing I kept my receipt.
     
  2. J.R.W.

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    Chip McCormick Shooting Stars are your friend.
     
  3. xanderzuk

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    If I read it correctly, the mags are new? Load them up to the max and let them sit for a while (few days). Then unload them and load them up again. Then, fully loaded, slap them into the gun and eject them repetitively (if the springs are stiff it might even be hard to eject the fully loaded mag). Then go to the range and see how they function.

    I've never tried ProMags, I have Wilson's, but they were suuuuper stiff as well. Might just need a little breaking in.
     
  4. EddieNFL

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    Magazines are the weak link in autos. Buy once cry once.

    P.S. A 22 round string isn't IDPA legal.
     
  5. NCPatrolAR

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    ProMag is one of the last magazine brands you should ever willingly purchase. The ones that do work are certainly the excpetion and not the norm.
     
  6. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

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    I've had some problems with the McCormick mags, but never with Wilsons
     
  7. HisSoldier

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    I use Checkmate 8 rounders in my Marksman and CBOB, they are the only mags that could really use a bumper, as it takes a good smack to get them in with the pressure. Beyond that they work fine though.

    1911 Tuner says to buy 7 rounders only. He da man!
     
  8. Lvl21nerd

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    i havent heard much negative said about ProMags myself, but if i were buying mags for a 1911 i think i would buy MecGars or CM Shooting stars before pro-mag....unless the price was right and i felt like blowing some bread that is...
     
  9. cbmax

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    Buy yourself some Wilson Combat 47D's. They hold eight rounds and will feed reliably in most 1911's from day one. If you want to be fancy you can also buy the new Wilson Combat Elite's but the regular 47D's are just as good. They work in my Kimber, Colt and a custom built Caspian.

    CB
     
  10. tlen

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    Never had any problems with SS CMC magazines. I prefer the 10 rounders for range work and informal matches. Buy them on sale at Midway. IMHO Wilson mags are way overpriced.
     
  11. TexasGunbie

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    wow there are 10 rounders? what are good brand for 10 round mags?
     
  12. Jim Watson

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    McCormick, Metalform, and Wilson make 10 round .45 magazines.
    But you can't use them in IDPA.
    Suggest reading the rules before tying up a lot of money in doubtful gear.

    (I am now using the Tripp Cobramag in 9mm and have heard good things about their .45s.)
     
  13. Zerodefect

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    Tripp Cobra mags.

    I'm running wilsons right now. But the Tripps I've seen others use are definately a shade better.

    I only load 7 rounds in my 47D's. Tac reloading a full 47'd really stinks. I use the 10round Wilson mag for reloads usually, It holds 10 round and is still easy to tac reload.
     
  14. MikeNice

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    I have a question, why don't people use Colt mags? I hear about all of these after market mags, but nobody is using the factory stuff. Is there a good reason?
     
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    Do they have metal followers?

    I won't touch anything without a plastic follower with long anti-tilt skirts.
     
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    I carry Colt mags in my Colts I don't have a problem with them . I also only carry 7 round mags No 8 rounders.
     
  17. TexasGunbie

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    well it seems like sticking with the 7 rounders are best for me then.
     
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    Not to hijack the thread but one observation. One critical lesson to take away from this match shooting is - What works and what doesn't in real life.

    Match shooting is our "field trial" of our equipment. It tests them under real shooting situations as to how well they will perform.

    This situation demonstrates why we must buy, test and retest all of our equipment/gear so that we are fully prepared for our SD/HD situations.

    Be safe and be prepared.

    OK, back to OP. :D
     
  19. finz50

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    +1 on the CMC mags.....ProMags are one of the worst aftermarket mags out there..
     
  20. 9mmepiphany

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    It never occurred to me that the reputation of Pro Mags wasn't universal.

    I've always known them as outstanding for two things
    1. failure drills
    2. door stops

    If you read Hilton Yam, of 10-8 consulting, he tested the most popular mags on the market, at the time, for his customers (SWAT members and other folks who carry a 1911 to save lives) and discovered the best combo was the Tripp CorbaMag follower/spring combined with the McCormick PowerMag mag tubes. His recommendation for a sole source provider was the McCormick PowerMag.

    There is nothing wrong with the factory Colt mags, or the GI mags for that matter, but they are just not the optimal mags for the 1911 under hard use
     
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    I had a Sig P220 and a 1911 promag magazine. Nothing but trouble.


    I have had good luck with Wilson, Chip McCormick, and Tripp cobramags. When I carried a 1911, I used Wilson ETM mags.
     
  22. nwilliams

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    I can't believe people are still buying Pro Mags and that the company still exists for that matter. They are cheap junk plain and simple.

    Seriously, when Pro Mags fail in a AK you know there is something wrong with the mag.
     
  23. ugaarguy

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    Conversely, I've had a few problems with Wilson Mags, but never with McCormick mags.
    We're talking single stack, straight tube, 1911 mags here; not curved, double stack, AR-15 mags. Long anti-tilt legs on the followers aren't that critical, nor is it being made of plastic as opposed to metal that critical. Follower shape, feed lip contour, and spring strength are the critical aspects.
     
  24. EddieNFL

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    Not legal in IDPA, Tex.

    Always sell the strong points. ;)
     
  25. earlthegoat2

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    ProMags have a sour reputation that even the smallest amount of online research would have revealed. They are cheap for a reason.

    I hope more than one lesson has been learned here.
     
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