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Is it just me or do the slam pads take away from the beauty on a 1911? I would never put them on my mags, realy have no use for them.
 

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I don't have one on my carry mag, but I do have them on my spare mags.
If you've ever had a failure to seat a mag in a match you'll understand why they are needed.
When under stress during a reload I'll take every advantage I can get to insuring the reload gets seated.
 

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acparmed said:
If you've ever had a failure to seat a mag in a match you'll understand why they are needed.
When under stress during a reload I'll take every advantage I can get to insuring the reload gets seated.
True, true I have never shot in a match. IMHO they take away from the timeless good looks of the 1911. Do you have a mag well on yours?
 

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Bruce - I have pads on mainly my BHP mags but a few others too.

I like two aspects (aesthetics aside) - their obvious use making for a better and more reliable mag' insertion - but also, in comp's it means if they hit the ground base first, less chance of damage.
 

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Bruces45 said:
True, true I have never shot in a match. IMHO they take away from the timeless good looks of the 1911. Do you have a mag well on yours?
Yes, I do. But it is incorporated into the gun. Not an add-on.

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Those are the exact same ones that I use with several of my weapons.Mine are even more ugly lookin'. They are very bright day-glo pink. I use these with a deeply beveled mag well. The color ?? --with just a quick glance you can tell weather you have a mag inserted or not. Not pretty but functional.---------
 

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Gosh, I miss out on so much by carrying Sigs and H&Ks. :biggrin: It's enough to make a guy wonder. :wink:
 

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Slam Pads

Some slam pads are way thicker than they need to be (in my opinion)
You really only need a bit of extra protruding thickness to insure that a mag will find home.
 

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QKShooter said:
Some slam pads are way thicker than they need to be (in my opinion)
You really only need a bit of extra protruding thickness to insure that a mag will find home.
. +1 .
 

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For my Colt's with the beveled wells I use pads that are .535". For my CCW (Kimber) non beveled well I use the .285" pads. If you have a deeply beveled well on competition guns as I do,you have to have extra long base pads for ease of insertion. For a CCW you (IMO) don't need the pad to stick out any farther than needed for positive insertion into the mag well. Remember that you unfortunately might have to push your reload mag home with your hip,elbow,car hood,or fence post.--------
 

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I use them, under stress if you fail to lock a mag all the way in, you could be in trouble. I think I screwed up two to three times in action pistol, there I onlly lose points in Nam it almost cost me more.That's carrying a 1911. Pads are easy on your mags.
 
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