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Okay chirp in here you 1911 lovers... I want to get a couple of 1911 mags just because I think the one I have with the gun looks like it's substandard, and I want more than one anyway just to play with.

Because I believe we shouldn't assume, this is for a Government 1911 I'm currently trying out on a loan, and believe me this particular gun is as plain as it gets besides the super cheap 1911s. It's not a compact or a double stack model or chambered in another caliber or anything like that. I'm babysitting a Springfield GI WW2 Milspec for at least another week and a half while the other party is trying my Sig out for size to see if he wants to get one of those.

I've always heard that the Wilson 47D was the best overall 1911 magazine and they're locally available at a reasonable price. I haven't really heard much about any other brand besides Chip McCormick.

But I want to hear some more general opinions. If nothing else I'd like to pick up mags I could easily resell for 50% of what I paid for them if I wanted to. More than likely I'd toss it in the old parts bucket though... heck I've never even owned a 1911 and I've got a pretty nice set of grips for one. I just hope I have the bushings and screws I need...
 

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I've always replaced my factory Mags with those made by Wilson. The features I like best about the 47D series is that the Base Pad can be removed and exchanged to fill specific needs i.e; low profile pad for Conceal Carry, extended base pad for 1911s w/Mag Well, etc, etc.

The Wilson aluminum magazine frame helps reduce weight.

The plastic Follower is also a good feature that doesn't marr or scratch aluminum throat (framed) 1911s like my Kimber UC.
 

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Wilson mags are very good as you mentioned the 47D mags, they are hard to beat.

Tripp Cobra mags IMO are a better mag, better follower, spring and body and design. I have both and the Tripp mags rule the roost.

CM Power Mags are also a good choice. It really depends on if you want a metal follower or not. Wilson and Tripp I know for sure have very good resale value.

Mecgar? (spl) to be honest are also a good mag but poor in resale.

If you want to get really crazy find some used Wilson 47D mags at a good price and load them with Tripp springs and followers. That makes for a sweet mag then because as los touched on you can interchange base pad's.

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Tripp Research

I have so many pistol magazines...........yikes! But, I'm always interested in buying more.
The next pistol magazines that I buy will be from Tripp Research.
Their Cobra mags have pretty much eliminated Magazine related Failure To Feed probems due to some really innovative design work & engineering. Very high quality pistol magazines.

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Have heard great things about the Tripp mags - just haven't ordered any yet. Have always used Wilson and I do now because my gun has an aluminum frame and didn't want metal followers.
Wilson has conversion parts - I've used their followers and springs in Colt mags with good results.
Mostly jumping in here to add this:
McCormick Shooting Star mags have changed over the past year or so, I'm convinced of this - they used to be just fine but now hear lots of complaints (they now have a "match grade" mag that I think is the old Shooting Star). I don't have any real evidence of this besides comments from others.
 

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Hello. One can also buy the Tripp magazine upgrade kit, which is the follower and spring. I did this on several "problem magazines" and they were problems no more. It will reduce a non-Tripp 8-shot magazine to seven; sevens remain sevens.
The price is well under ten bucks a pop and they work on magazines having bodies that disassemble from the bottom or those that don't.

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Wilson works for me, but I haven't tried the other ones mentioned
 

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The Wilsons with the full skirt. The 47 series is what I use for CCW and competition. Remember to do the PM on your mags as you would your weapon.--------
 

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I use Wilson 47D magazines almost exclusively, but have also heard alot about Tripp. After visiting their website, I might retrofit my Wilson mags. There are very few other magazines I would consider using.
 

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My SA factory mags are great. don't know who makes em. I need to get some Wilson mags. the Chip McCormick shooting star mags would not work w/ HP's nor will they lock the slide back empty.
This is with my SA Champ. maybe they work with some guns.
 

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I like Wilsons and Novaks. I use the Wilsons in competition and Novaks for CCW. The Novaks have a metal follower but it's not split like a McCormick so it won't gouge aluminum frames.
The Novaks cost about $10 less each than the Wilson 47D.

Novak mags come standard with NightHawk pistols.
 

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Rocky,

Do your SA mags have a visible seem down the spine of the tube body? If so, those would be Metalforms, if they're seamless, they're Checkmates. Novaks are Mec-Gar's. http://www.mec-gar.it/
 

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Rocky,

Do your SA mags have a visible seem down the spine of the tube body? If so, those would be Metalforms, if they're seamless, they're Checkmates. Novaks are Mec-Gar's. http://www.mec-gar.it/
seamless, thanks for the info.
 

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No Bud, your absolutely correct, I posted the wrong maker. :redface:
 

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I know that I will get some heat on this. But you cannot beat the Mil-spec mags. I am talking about the ones that you can find for $5.95 + each (Cheaper Than Dirt). Over 98 percent of them will work just as good as the high price mags. And you known the ones that I am talking about. But as with any thing that you would carry for self-defense you need to test it, shoot some rounds down range. Keep the ones that work, trash to others, or try them in another gun. I have seen mags work in one 1911 and did not work in another. You can put a rubber mag pad on the bottom yourself with just flip-flop and some glue. I have used Mil-spec and/or factory (came with gun) mags for over 30 years without any problems (after complete check out of them). Never paid the price for the high dollar mags. Never did see a reason to do so. Have build several 1911 race guns and I used Mil-spec in them also.

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