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Old April 27, 2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Best 1911 magazine (the kind that holds ammo, not to read)

I was shocked when I fired up the 'ol faithful TFL seach function and found no thread about 1911 magazines! I'm starting one for two reasons: 1) I think most would agree there is a big difference in quality from one magazine to another, thus we should create a resource for all us 1911 rookies to learn from, and 2) I just purchased my first 1911 and I don't want to waste my money on junk mags that won't work well or last. I got an Auto Ordnance. I read here on TFL as well as other forums that the Auto Ordnance 1911 is a good solid, accurate, reliable gun, but the factory mags leave quite a bit to be desired. (Specifically FTF jams are frequent when trying to run HPs)

Therefore, I would very much appreciate any knowledge and/or experience anyone can offer on the subject. What mags have worked best for you? What mags were garbage?

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Old April 27, 2012, 05:56 PM   #2
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I find Wilson Combat ETM and 47D good enough for my use. Are they the best? Probably not, but for $30 I'm not complaining. They work, they're smooth and easy to load by hand, and they're pretty.
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Old April 27, 2012, 06:10 PM   #3
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I prefer Wilson Combat ETM mags in all of my 1911's....

http://shopwilsoncombat.com/45-ACP/products/378/

you get what you pay for - in my opinion.
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Old April 27, 2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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I agree that the Wilson Combats are good. I also really like the Chip McCormick magazines.

Both the 8 and 10 round McCormicks and Wilsons are excellent.

Some disagree with me, but I find the Checkmate magazines to also be just fine.

The McCormicks, Wilsons, and Checkmates all appear to be better-built than the original 7 round Colt magazines.
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Old April 27, 2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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Checkmates, either in 7rd hybrid feed lip variety or the extended-body 8rd hybrid feed lip variety.
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Old April 27, 2012, 07:25 PM   #6
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Tripp Research Cobra mags and Chip McCormick Power Mags would be the top of my list. The anti-tilt follower of the Cobra mags is a big plus and these mags have ran in guns that would not run on any other brand of magazine. A popular combination is using a Chip McCormick Power mag body and spring with a Tripp Research follower.
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Old April 27, 2012, 07:44 PM   #7
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Top 1911a1 .45acp pistol magazines...

I honestly don't know what the forum member means about no 1911 series magazine topics here.
I recall reading about 3/4 in the last 6 weeks or so.

As posted again & again, most semi auto pistol owners & armed professionals prefer the Wilson Combat 1911a1 magazines.
I also heard the Kimber, Tripp & Chip McCormick brands do very well too but for regular carry or duty use, I'd buy a few Wilson 1911 mags.

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Old April 27, 2012, 10:18 PM   #8
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The ones which work in your 1911 are the best.....

I like Chip McCormick Powermags, Metalform, Wilson, Tripp (expensive...) & Checkmate...

These days so many people are making 1911s that do not conform to the JMB spec you need to "test" any given 1911 with XXXX mags to determine which ones work. Once you know which ones work in your 1911 use them exclusively rinse and repeat.
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Old April 27, 2012, 10:28 PM   #9
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I like Wilson.

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Old April 27, 2012, 10:51 PM   #10
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One more vote for Wilson mags.
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Old April 27, 2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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I like Chip McCormick Powermags
I have also had very good luck with their eight round magazines.
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Old April 27, 2012, 11:18 PM   #12
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I like Tripp myself.
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Old April 27, 2012, 11:51 PM   #13
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This is the best analysis that I've read concerning the three types of 1911 mags.

http://how-i-did-it.org/magazines/
http://how-i-did-it.org/magazines2/

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Old April 28, 2012, 12:27 AM   #14
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Metalform's. Neither of my Springfield 45's would run reliably on Wilson's.They run like tops on Metalform's.
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Old April 28, 2012, 12:39 AM   #15
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When the 'chips are down' I trust Wilson the most.
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Old April 28, 2012, 07:05 AM   #16
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Chip McCormick.
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Old April 28, 2012, 08:48 AM   #17
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Metalform's.
I used the factory mags for my SA Milspec (Metalforms) and bought two more in stainless also marked as SA factory mags (really are metal forms).
They have functioned 100% so far.

I also use the SA and Sig factory mags on my Sig 1911 Nitron. Was able to get a few more in exchange for the laser that came with the package. I don't know who makes them but they have done their job.

I use the factory mags and the Sig mags on my new SR1911. The 7 rd one looks like Metalform and the 8 rd one looks exactly like the Sig mags. They have low round counts but they work out the box.

Seems like eventually they will wear out at some point. When they do, I will either just replace the springs on the ones I can and buy new ones for the one I can't.
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Old April 28, 2012, 11:42 AM   #18
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I'm also a fan of Chip McCormick mags. I've heard a lot of good reports of the Tripp magazines and I'd like to try one of them out. Anybody know of a good place to buy them and how much one should expect to pay for one? I hear that they're pretty pricey.
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Old April 28, 2012, 12:07 PM   #19
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I use wilson 47's and colt mags with the wilson conversion. I also have a few real USGI mags that are great.
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Old April 28, 2012, 12:27 PM   #20
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Checkmate 7rd user here. I don't remember the exact configuration they are though. I think hybrid.
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Old April 28, 2012, 01:50 PM   #21
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I've used a lot of mags. Most of them are in a shoe box. Now I use Wilson Combat 47d only.
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Old April 28, 2012, 03:08 PM   #22
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I've had good luck with Wilson 47D, 47DC, and 47T as well as Chip McCormick Shooting Stars in both S&W and Colt 1911's. Colt 7-round factory mags, however, can be unreliable in my experience.
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Old April 29, 2012, 12:24 AM   #23
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1911/1911a1 format magazines, sources....

Brownells, a resource every serious gun owner or armed citizen should know, puts out a 1911 parts catalog, . See; www.Brownells.com .
Other sources include; www.Cheaperthandirt.com www.MidwayUSA.com www.graf.com www.natchezss.com www.deltaforce.com .
You can also purchase new stainless magazines directly from the makers(Tripp, Wilson, Kimber, etc).

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Old April 29, 2012, 02:57 AM   #24
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I was shocked when I fired up the 'ol faithful TFL seach function and found no thread about 1911 magazines!
Using the search terms 1911+magazine, there were 447 threads found in the last year. Not all are primarily about 1911 mags but there's a lot of info out there on them.
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Old April 29, 2012, 08:50 AM   #25
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The Wilson Combat 8rd magazines and Metal Form magazines work well.
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