Aluminum Frame 1911

Aluminum Frame 1911

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    Aluminum Frame 1911

    I just crossed over to the dark side and picked up a Springfield Lightweight Loaded Gov't Model.

    I don't plan on carrying this gun, but the deal was too good to pass up. I do have one burning question though. I have heard stories of aluminum framed 1911's being ruined by using metal followers in the magazines. What type/brand of magazine are people using in their aluminum frame 1911's to avoid "dinging" the feed ramp and such?

    Thanks for your help, in advance. Take care all and stay safe.

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    There is the possibility that the metal follows (standard split type) can rock forward on the last round fed and peen the feed ramp. I've seen it occur on the alloy frames. I use Wilson 7 rounders to avoid that problem in my Kimber ProCarry II.

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    I use the SA mags or Wilson 47D's . Have not found any real issues with the frame being beat up by the follower though. Obviously , the 47D's have plastic followers, so they should be the safest.
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    I also use Wilsons in my Springfield Light Weight, they work great and won't damage the feed ramp on aluminum framed guns.

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    I have heard stories of aluminum framed 1911's being ruined by using metal followers in the magazines.
    I've heard the same thing over the years, and I honestly don't know if it's true or not. After all, Colt puts steel followers in LW Commander mags. There must be a reason for that. I don't presume to know more than Colt's engineers.

    To err on the side of caution, however, I've installed Wilson polymer followers in all my carry mags for my LW Commander.

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    I've read about follower damage on aluminum ramped Kimbers. My LW Springfield Champion has a steel, ramped barrel and I've not had any problems, nor have I heard of any problems with Springfield's.

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    Just shoot it and dont worry about it. If it has problems SA will fix it, for free.

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    I called Kimber to ask the same question about my Pro CDP II. They said to go ahead and shoot with whatever mag I wanted (I am useing Kim_Pro 8 rnd mags) nd indicated that anything the follower would do is cosmetic. I am planning to get some Wilson 47D's as soon as I can - just in case.
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    Those problems surfaced early in Kimber's alloy introduction. They were still using Chip McCormick's mags with a short follower to cram one more round in. It did have the tendency to rock forward with the last round and make contact with the ramp. In fact, you could take an empty mag and push the follower forward of the mag body with your thumb. There were tons of photos on the 1911forum several years ago. I believe the problem is solved. It was a mag issue.
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    Kimber had that problem ..

    The springfield should have a fully ramped barrel so its a moot point as the feed ramp is part of the barrel and steel

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    When Colt's first introduced the LW Commander in '48, I don't even know if plastic had been invented yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ping Ping View Post
    When Colt's first introduced the LW Commander in '48, I don't even know if plastic had been invented yet.
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    Thanks for the info guys.

    I passed on the Lightweight and ended up with a Parkerized Springfield Loaded Model.

    I just decided I like full size, full weight, full everything 1911's. I've been without one for a long while. This is a Range Gun. It's a good start, now off to the 'smith.

    Not to worry, I'll still be packing a Revolver or two on my own time. This "toy" is for fun.

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    Hope you enjoy your new toy !

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    I have a Pro Carry 10mm that I use Metalform mags with the round metal follower. Never an issue in over 6K rounds of full power 10mm.
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