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newbie 1911 question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by xsquidgator, Apr 11, 2008.

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  1. xsquidgator

    xsquidgator Member

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    I plan to acquire my first 1911 soon and am having a comprehension problem concerning spare magazines. The standard 7 round .45 1911 magazines are ubiquitous (everywhere and generally interchangeable with most makes of 1911), are they not?

    I took a look at CDNN's site trying to price some extra mags, and am not sure what to look for. Say I wanted to get some extra 1911 magazines for a Springfield Armory GI 1911 (7 rounders and maybe some extended single stack ones). When I go to CDNN's site and look under "Springfield Mags" all they show are magazines for XD series pistols. I didn't see a section just for generic 1911 mags.

    Surely CDNN sells a variety of "plain" 1911 magazines that aren't mfr specific, do they not, like they have all kinds of 20 and 30 round AR magazines? Can anyone advise me on what to look for and what to avoid in buying just some cheap extra magazines for a 1911? My default plan for extra mags is to only buy them at a gun show from one of the cheap mags tables, when I can bring the pistol in question in and ensure the mags feed a snap cap or two before buying. I was hoping that say SA 1911s are so standard this level of caution isn't needed?


    (I guess I could just call, didn't think of that before posting. But, hopefully this is an ok place to ask)
     
  2. jfh

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    I've had good success with Chip McCormick mags as an aftermarket magazine for both my .45 ACP and my 10mm 1911s.

    I would NOT consider buying OEM / no-name, or "3rd-tier name" magazines. I tried that the first time around, and the magazines I got all had poorly-tempered lips. You could tune them, but they wouldn't hold.

    Jim H.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    Check-Mate mags.

    CM45-7-S-H & CM45-8-S-H to be exact.

    Chip McCormick mags and Wilson mags will work, and work well, in any good 1911, but the Check-Mate mags can turn a finicky gun into a reliable gun.


    Here is some stuff I copied from several threads here at THR which led me to try Check-Mate mags. That and the fact that my old Colt mags would make finicky guns run.
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  4. JohnnyOrygun

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    I will give my two cents, for what they are worth

    You need to look under Colt 1911, Springfield Armory (SA) guns take and will use any standard 1911 magazine, as long as its not one of the 6 round mags. Generally any of the standard 1911 clone manufacturers' guns are meant to work with all standard 1911 magazines (The only thing is make sure they are .45acp or whatever caliber you have...which I presume ((never assume anything ;) )) that your gun is a .45acp)

    Now I prefer, Wilson Magazines, specifically 47D's they work good in my SA Mil-Spec but they are sort of pricey. If you want something cheaper, I would buy 7 round magazines without bumper pads, but make sure you buy a good brand such as Wilson, Chip McCormack, Ed Brown, Kimber, or just not one of the 3 for $5 deals at the gun show. I know that they are tempting, but generally are more headache then they are worth, especially if you should have to use the gun to protect yourself or loved ones. IMHO

    I have added my 2 cents enough for one post :)
     
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    mcormick
     
  6. JohnnyOrygun

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    Thank You, I was thinking my spelling was off :eek: but wasn't sure.
     
  7. XavierBreath

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    Take a look at this thread discussing this very subject. Avoid gun show special magazines like the plague. There is a 99.998% chance you will purchase a worthless magazine that way.

    Seven round and eight round single stack magazines will fit any 1911 Government or Commander sized you are likely to purchase. They will even fit the "Officer's" size shortened grip, although they will protrude out the bottom. I actually carry a spare seven rounder to reload my Colt New Agent with if needed. (Slapping a seven rounder into a shortened grip frame can overstress the extended ejector, so do it judiciously. I carry such a magazine for the extra capacity. I figure if I need to reload, a couple of extra rounds sure won't hurt!)

    My recommendation is always Wilson Combat 47CB magazines. Yes, they are pricey. They will also feed ammo seemingly forever under any condition, they can be used to eliminate the magazine as a cause of feeding problems, and if you ever sell the 1911, you can sell the extra Wilson magazines separately for almost as much as you paid for them.

    If you buy a Springfield 1911 pistol, you will get a coupon that will give you money off extra magazines direct from Springfield.

    If you want to go with CDNN (a good, honest vendor in my experience) go to their Colt 1911 magazine page and have a look around. The reason they do not have "plain" magazines is people want to know exactly what they are buying by mail order. There are a lot of cheap, useless 1911 magazines out there, and knowing what you are buying is how you avoid them.
     
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  9. xsquidgator

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    Great, thank you everyone for all of this information. Turned out I didn't even know what I didn't know about 1911 mags, now I'm in better shape to go get what I need. Thanks again.
     
  10. Pat-inCO

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    Rather than going into the "this manufacturer is...." better/worse than any other, I'd just say to get the same capacity in ALL of the ones you get.

    When you really get into practice, AND you have the same capacity in all of them, you learn to subconsciously count. In other words, you know when to reload, without thinking about it.

    For general range work it doesn't matter. For down and dirty, it's nice to know you need to reload before the next one goes at the BG (learned that from some LEOs). I was skeptical until one day at the range I did some 9mm after shooting several seven round .45 mag's. I did a reload after seven, without thinking about it. :eek:
     
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    I tried to lookup checkmate's web site & they do not show any pricing or a contact to order any of their magazines, can someone help me out on this ?
     
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    For me, I've been happy with the Wilson 47Ds and the Tripp Research Cobramags. There are cheaper mags out there, but there are NOT any better mags out there.
     
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    I buy the 'tapered lip' magazines that Checkmate sells to Colt, from either Brownells or Impact Guns. They're a bit pricier for having Colt's logo on 'em, but they're still quite reasonable.

    http://www.impactguns.com/store/SP572491.html
     
  14. RustyShackelford

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    Wilson Combat .45acp magazines...

    For the most part, there is the Wilson Combat .45acp 1911a1 model magazine then there is everything else...;).

    Wilson Combat pistol mags are in use by "quiet professionals"(US military special operations IE: Combat Applications Group or CAG ;)) law enforcement SWAT units, firearms-tactics trainers like Ray Chapman & Massad Ayoob, and serious 1911a1 users.

    Other well made .45acp/1911a1 mags are on the market but for regular duty use or CC I'd go with the Wilson Combat pistol mags.

    Rusty S

    PS: I do not work for Wilson Combat and I'm not a big fan of the 1911a1. :D
     
  15. ROBBY.1911

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    take the advice of the guys above me and then look on gunbroker.com for prices. wilson combat makes an eight-round conversion kit for all standard .45 mags. cheap mags can be the source of many problems.
     
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    Wilson model 47 versus model 46 mags

    Has anyone had experience with the less expensive Wilson model 46 - what they call "service magazines"?

    It is a little difficult to see what the differences are on the Wilson site - other than there is only one color choice and a rubber pad is an extra cost option that you get to put on yourself.
     
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