Do you prefer stock or other magazines in your 1911?

Do you prefer stock or other magazines in your 1911?

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    Question Do you prefer stock or other magazines in your 1911?

    Curious, because folks I've talked to when shooting all seem to have different opinions. For example, some swear by the factory magazines, and others don't like them.

    Have you found stock magazines (Colt, Springfield, etc.) to be better in your pistol than say Wilson, Metalform, McCormick, etc, or the other way around?

    Just like to get an idea of people's experiences on this. I'm still experimenting between the Colt mags and Wilsons in mine. I've got to put some more rounds through them first. So far (a couple hundred rounds each), they both seem to work well.

    There is a little 'C' in the corner of my Colt factory mags. Somewhere I read where this means a company called "Checkmate" made them. Does anyone know if this is correct?
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    I have one stock, and one Colt stainless 8rd.
    I like whatever works and has never failed for me
    I went through a bunch of cheap mags (govt). All failed to feed in my Kimber except the Colt 8rd in Stainless, and the original Kimber Mag.
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    Springfield stock mags have worked well for me so have CMC powermags and shooting stars and Wilson 47d's

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    Tripp Research Cobra mags and Wilson is all I like to use.


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    Springfield and Wilsons for me
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    When buying extra magazines I always buy Wilson 47D or McCormick Power Mags.

    They have never failed me.

    However, I do have several Colt Govt. surplus 7 rd mags and they work very well also.
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    My SA factory supplied mags works w/o fail. I had some problems w/ CM w/ HP's. I have some issues with mil. mags, but they seem to work most of the time.
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    Whatever Works.
    The Tripp mags look like they are going to be fantastic mags.
    They position the top round a bit higher for smoother feeding.

    Wilson (of course) have always been great mags.
    Shooting Star mags are really good.

    I have no function problems with any magazines in any of my Colt pistols.
    I have cheap $5.00 surplus military mags that work just fine and MecGar mags always work very well for me.

    Just my opinion that if any 1911 pattern pistol has feed/function problems to the degree that it only likes certain select brands of magazines....then there are other minor undiscovered problems with the pistol that should be addressed.

    You should have the pistol tuned & the extractor properly tensioned and fit...the rails should be lightly lapped to the frame & the barrel and link fit checked & the barrel throated - top of the chamber lightl polished. Maybe a slightly heavier recoil spring. Frame feed ramp lightly polished. Take your pick but, something else is slightly out of tune. Any properly set up 1911 should feed reliably from any high quality "in spec" magazine.

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    Wilson mags have worked the best for me. I had an over run problem with two, weak springs I assume. I sent them back and Wilson replaced them free of charge. I've always had great customer service with Wilson. I'm sure thats another reason for my choice.

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    I do Wilson, CMC and Mec Gar mags....although I understand ACT mags are good too. I will probably get some Tripp mags too since they are great mags according to people I know that use them.

    I had a major problem with a batch of CMC 10mm mags. They got replaced.

    Does Colt and SA make their own mag or does another company, like Mec Gar, make them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by srfl
    Does Colt and SA make their own mag or does another company, like Mec Gar, make them?
    Not sure how accurate this is, but I read that the little "c" on the base of the Colt mags I have stands for the company that manufactured the mags. That company is called "Checkmate". Also, at the base of the Colt stainless mags I have, there is also a little "s" which is supposed to mean "stainless".
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    Wilson hands down. For the most part my 1911s are safe queens, but I keep them both with Wilsons near to hand in case the wife needs her Commander 45 and I'm not home.
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    I like the followers and bump pads on the Wilsons.
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    I'd just as soon buy "OEM" type standard mags.

    Wish Midway had not sold out of the ones they had. I bought 10 of those stamped .45 Colt with the High Standard crest. All worked fine.

    Wish I'd have bought 20 more to put back.

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    I use wilson 47 7 round mags and colt factory mags. However I had a problem at the range the other day with one of the mags that came with my new NRM blued 1991A1 the follower jumped the feedlips and got caught on the slide stop.

    The gun fucntioned fine until I realized it diddn't lock the slide back after the last round,and got stuck in the gun. That being said this is the first time a colt factory mag has given me any issues. The other one is fine go figure? The problematic magazine is going back to colt for a replacement free of charge good deal I think. Like another poster has said any quality properly set up 1911 should feed form any quality mag.

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