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July 3, 2011, 09:53 AM
I haven't purchased 1911 mags for awhile and am looking for some qualified opinions as to what is THE magazine to have in your full size government when you really need it. Thanks in advance.

July 3, 2011, 10:44 AM
i use chip mccormicks. they work 100% of the time, carry an extra round and are (when i bought mine) less expensive than other high end mags. i will continue to buy them as needed because of my positive experience with them. i'm sure there are some other brands that are very popular because they work well too.

July 3, 2011, 10:45 AM
I have a few USGI mags that work well. Often I see steel 1911 mags on a shelf at gun shops. I haven't had any problems with these mags as far as feeding 'n such.

What I do want and demand, is a mag that will fall from the gun under its own weight when the mag release is pushed.

What I do, is ask the clerk (and they've never turned me down) to try the mags in my 1911s to see that they fall from the gun while empty. Most do, and those are the ones I buy. As far as feeding, all steel mags seem to work with my 230 grn RN cast bullets. I think the average price I pay is about $9 a piece, sometimes cheaper.

I like lots of magazines. Sometimes they get worn out, which means they pop a round out with you jam the mag into the gun. They do that once, I trash them.

July 3, 2011, 11:02 AM
I've had good luck with GI mags. I don't like mags with bumpers.

July 3, 2011, 02:41 PM
i use chip mccormicks. they work 100% of the time

Same here...

July 3, 2011, 02:58 PM
I have several Wilson Combat magazines for my 1911's.I run the 9mm ETM in my Kimber Aegis,and the 47d in my Range Officer.Also the 47 OXY in my Springfield Compact,you might say I have had good luck with the Wilson's:D

July 3, 2011, 04:19 PM
It's been 10 years or so since I've bought any magazines, so I don't know if McCormick's are the same now as then.

Assuming their QC remained high, they had some of the tightest specs for magazine tubes.

I didn't have uniform luck with their V-shaped followers, however, so I replaced them with round-top Pachmyer followers. This converted the 8-rd magazines to standard 7-rd capacity.

Over time, I replaced the springs with Wolff springs.

I like 1/4" rubber pads, so all of my magazines have the thin Pachmyer pads.

As previously stated, I like them to drop free when I hit the magazine release.

July 3, 2011, 08:58 PM
Another for Chip McCormick. There are lots of other more expensive mags that you can buy, but none that are more reliable in my experience.

July 3, 2011, 09:13 PM
I use the Wilson 47D's ...... they work well.

July 4, 2011, 02:29 AM
"the" top 1911a1 .45acp pistol magazine is far & away the Wilson Combat.
For serious duty or protection, I'd use those first.
The Kimber, Tripp & Chip McCormick magazines get high marks too.

July 4, 2011, 08:22 AM
I have not had trouble with any magazine except Pachmayr. The absolute best I have used are Mag Paks (SP?), but they are not available anymore as far as I know.

Otherwise I have found the
SA, Wilson, Colt, McCormick, GI, and a couple of others all are reliable. I have not found one better than the others, and have had a couple of Wilson base pads break and dump my ammo.

I have not tried Tripp, but have used their repair kits, and they work well. I have not found that a particular brand maq is a miracle if a gun is malfunctioning.


July 4, 2011, 11:46 AM
1) Wilson 47D

2) McCormick Powermag

3) Mag-pack (yes I know.....)

July 4, 2011, 12:30 PM
My 47D's run good after they sent me xtra power springs for them.
My original Colt Mag that came with my MK IV Series 80 still runs flawless.
My one Mag-Pack bought in the 80's runs flawless.
My one Wilson-Rogers runs flawless.

I threw all the others out.

July 4, 2011, 12:50 PM
My Mag Packs were great- I think I still have nine of them left. The bodies were a touch soft, and dropping them on concrete while partially loaded would tend to spread the lips. I'd still trust my lift to them- that was a great mag.

Navy joe
July 4, 2011, 12:55 PM
Good USGI. I like Wilsons, own a bunch, had failures that were mag related with Wilson and Chip both. If I need more mags I'll probably buy some Tripp. Until then I need to convert my 47D to 7 rd with a big spring and steel follower. Next to last round feed jam sometimes with the plastic 8 rd follower.

July 4, 2011, 07:38 PM
Just to be different...

Factory S&W mags. Manufactured by ACT. 100% reliable for me.

July 5, 2011, 10:14 PM
Colt OEM (any mfg) Chip MccK, Tripp. My S&W factory have worked well in my s&w 1911 (SKu 108284)


July 9, 2011, 02:00 PM
I use three companies for 1911 mags .. my favorite is Wilson Combat; I like the bumper at the bottom, makes it easier to seat without worrying about getting pinched ... for flush fitting, I like Tripp or Wolff ... I've never had an issue with any of those ...

July 9, 2011, 03:52 PM
I use Tripp Cobramags and have had no problems. No experience with Wilson 47D mags but everything I read about them is positive.

July 10, 2011, 09:38 AM
I still have 50 G.I mags in the wrapper from when my unit transitioned to the M-9

July 10, 2011, 12:56 PM
Springfield Armory Metalform's.Neither of my .45 Springfield's would run on 8 rnd Wilson 47D's,but they worked fine in my Para LTC.

July 25, 2011, 04:06 PM
I bought some 10 rounder Chip Mccormicks cheaper than my 8 round Wilson Combat.

Been very pleased with the CMs. I drop them all the time in the dirt when I run through mag change drills and the disassembly and reassembly is easy to keep up on.

July 25, 2011, 04:11 PM
Mecgar 8-rounders here. Shot often and stored loaded up for well over five years. All still function flawlessly.

July 25, 2011, 04:43 PM
I like Wilson Combat 8rd mags with a bit of a base pad. I have a bunch for my 1911 and all of them work great.

July 25, 2011, 06:23 PM
CMC or Wilson

July 31, 2011, 01:58 PM
i generally have bought Chip McCormik (Sp?) and have yet to have a failure with them. i have a single Mecgar, and a pair of wilsons that have the same reliability. in fact the only failure i ever had with my 1911's was once i had a GI mag base plate seperate and dump the contents all over.

July 31, 2011, 11:28 PM
I picked up a few printed gun magazines from a Borders going under in my metro area and saw a ad for the Power 8 .45acp magazine.
The 1911a1 series magazines had a lot to offer but I'd still endorse the Wilson Combat .45acp stainless magazines.