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Sig p220 oem mag question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ryno31, Jan 31, 2013.

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  1. ryno31

    ryno31 Member

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    Hi all. I just gave in a bought a couple of oem mags for my p220 elite dark. I wanted to wait a little while but I found a decent deal (for the times) on a couple so I went ahead and ordered them. I've read that mec-gar made the oem mags for sig for many years but that sig has recently switched to checkmate for their oem mags. I seem to get the feeling that many on other forums feel the checkmate mags are substandard compared to the mec-gars. Does anyone have experience with both mags? If so what's your opinion? I'm inclined to believe either one will work great as I've seen quite a few complaints about mec-gar as well during my research.
     
  2. Bovice

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    I'm unaware of any checkmate P220 magazines. But, if there were any, I'd want the mec gars.
     
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    I haven't heard of Checkmates in P220s either.

    The OEM Mec-Gars I have are 100%.
     
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    I've never seen or heard of Checkmate mags for Sigs, except possibly for the 1911 Sigs which could take any 1911 mag?

    The P220 MecGar mags are what I would only accept, with the zig-zag seam on the back. They work 100% and I see no reason to try anything else.
     
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    I was at SHOT 2013 and that would be news to me.I have always used Mec-Gars in my SIGs since factory mags were so expensive and the ones with the zig-zag(not mec-gar) sometimes would open up after heavy use.
    When Meg-Gar became the OEM for SIG they made them to new SIGs specs and included a seamless back(no zig-zag).
    My original Mec-Gar(pre-sig) mags with their own design have been flawless.I have over 20 of these and they have never failed.
    The new SIG mags made by Mec-Gar are great and work well but $$.
     
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    The latest incarnation of P220 mags are extruded steel, which is why you don't see any seams. It is true that the current 8 round magazines cannot load rounds that don't have a profile and OAL similar to FMJ. I have some mec gar 7 round mags that will take anything. It's based on the "front to back" distance of the mag body.
     
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    While I have heard of Checkmate magazines for the SIG 226 and 229...and the related problems...I haven't heard that they have started using them in the 220 yet.

    Mec-Gar is the OEM of SIG 220 magazines and they work very well. I personally prefer the old dove-tail backed 220 magazines, but that is just a personal thing. When I shoot my 220 in IDPA, I have had complete reliability with Mec-Gar and ACT-Mag magazines
     
  9. ryno31

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    Thanks for the feedback!
     
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