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Old October 02, 2019, 10:45   #1
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Weigh in, best 1911 mags.

If your life depended on 'em, which 1911 mags to buy?? TIA.
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Old October 02, 2019, 11:01   #2
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Old October 02, 2019, 11:46   #3
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Tripp Research Cobra Mags

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Old October 02, 2019, 14:49   #4
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Tripp Research Cobra Mags

http://www.trippresearchinc.com/
I'll second the Tripp Research Cobra Mags. I'm using the 45 8 and 10 rounders.
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Old October 02, 2019, 15:43   #6
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I have McCormick, Colt, Kimber, Pachmayr, and random mil-surp mags. Honestly I don't recall having a problem with any of them unless they got dropped hard on concrete and hit the feed lips with obvious damage.

I'm sure there is a "best" and I trust tdb's advice implicitly, but as long as you stay away from the Korean stuff, 1911s are pretty forgiving with most mags.
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Old October 02, 2019, 16:49   #7
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The timing of this thread is perfect. I am looking for some hicap (10+) round 1911 mags for a Marlin Camp Carbine I just picked up.

Not to hijack the thread, but please comment on those as well.
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Old October 02, 2019, 17:13   #8
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The timing of this thread is perfect. I am looking for some hicap (10+) round 1911 mags for a Marlin Camp Carbine I just picked up.

Not to hijack the thread, but please comment on those as well.
As I posted above, McCormicks they are the ten rounders.

The only down side I have come with is when I take them to the range I go through ammo faster...

Go figure
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Old October 02, 2019, 17:15   #9
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Depends on the individual gun for me. My Sig only likes kimbers, and hates wilsons. But my RIA loves McCormicks.

In general, for what my personal guns like best, I prefer Wilson’s overall.
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Old October 02, 2019, 20:22   #10
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If your life depended on 'em, which 1911 mags to buy?? TIA.
They all seem to be the same when it comes to the decent ones.
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Old October 02, 2019, 20:23   #11
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My Sarco ones worked fine until the rear sight in my 1911 slid out. Since -- more than a year ago now -- then I have not shot it. I think I left them all loaded waiting for the day I do something about that.
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Old October 02, 2019, 20:43   #12
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I've used many kinds including the Chip McCormick Shooting Star mags (a nice mag). But, quite some time back, Gun Tests magazine did a rather in depth test of 1911 magazines and there was one clear leader. Metal Form brand.



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Old October 02, 2019, 21:16   #13
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Tripp or Checkmate have always worked well for me.
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Old October 02, 2019, 22:02   #14
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McCormick, Wilson, they both run without flaw in my series 80 Colt; Mc. Shooting stars also seem good. The only mag I had trouble w was the Colt mags.
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Old December 12, 2019, 19:53   #15
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I've used many kinds including the Chip McCormick Shooting Star mags (a nice mag). But, quite some time back, Gun Tests magazine did a rather in depth test of 1911 magazines and there was one clear leader. Metal Form brand.



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My Sarco ones worked fine until the rear sight in my 1911 slid out. Since -- more than a year ago now -- then I have not shot it. I think I left them all loaded waiting for the day I do something about that.
I bought 44 of these when they were first introduced because I needed more mags and they were being sold for almost give away prices. I have yet to have a single malfunction in any of my 1911s with these magazines. I have 4 Colts and 2 Springfields and they all run perfectly. I feed them with factory 230 gr ball and my reloads. My reloads include LSWC, FMJ, LRN, and JHPs.

The only thing about the Sarco 1911 mags that I find less than stellar is that they are 7 rd instead of 8 rd. This is the only reason that I don't use them as every day carry mags.

Good luck getting any of the gun snobs to admit that the Sarco mags are good kit.
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Old October 03, 2019, 01:44   #17
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Mine will run most anything. I've got cheap no name mags and name brand mags. But for EDC I use Chip McCormick Shooting Star 10 round and Wilson 8 round mags.
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Old October 03, 2019, 20:50   #18
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Checkmate. They're OEM for Colt, Kimber and a few others. The ONLY 1911 mag that I own that I've yet experienced a failure in any 1911 I own. A must IMHO, for officer sized with aluminum frames pistols due to the fool proof anti-tip follower. Others can sometimes tip enough to gouge the feed ramp on feeding the last round or, sinfully dropping the slide over an empty mag causing the follower to tip forward enough to hit the feed ramp and ka-chunk the be-goobers out of it over time. Steel frames, no problem.

Mec-Gar is my second choice, also an OEM manufacturer and supplier for Colt. If you buy from Colt (uh-huh) the mags are marked either with a C or, a M on the base.

That's what I think, anyway.
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Old October 03, 2019, 21:19   #19
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+1 for Wilson Combat. Although McCormick does mfg a fine magazine.
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Mec-Gar is my second choice, also an OEM manufacturer and supplier for Colt. If you buy from Colt (uh-huh) the mags are marked either with a C or, a M on the base.

That's what I think, anyway.
*M* on Colt mags is Metalform, I think.

https://metalform.us/
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Old October 12, 2019, 17:51   #21
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Wilson 608, Tripp if $ is no concern

Wilson did sell a 7-shot flush fit, stainless, GI follower, extra-power spring, made by CheckMate, hybrid lip, which they sold as their "608". A great magazine in both of my 1911s. You can still get it from CheckMate, but I believe you'll have to go find your own extra power spring.

Tripp also makes a magazine that works in everything, but it's expensive.

Flush-fit magazine springs get tired quickly if 8-shot capacity, even Wilson. If you have to have 8-shot capacity, go with extended magazines.
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Old October 12, 2019, 18:54   #22
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Back in my 1911 days I had a bunch of Mcormick shooting star mags and 10 rounders and they never failed me in 2 different 1911 pistols. Kimber, and RIA.
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Old October 20, 2019, 11:11   #23
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Metalform. https://metalform.us/

They're the OEM magazine for a few manufacturers. It's what I've bought.

Also, I've never had 100% good luck with feeding 8 or 10 round magazines so I tend to stay with the 7-rounders.

One other thing, whichever mag you get, if it's a 7-round and doesn't come with a magazine "bumper pad" (or whatever it's called) - install one. it'll keep you from getting a bite taken out of your non-shooting palm when doing a reload at speed and slamming it home (ask me how I know!).

I recommend against buying used - any brand. I got some "cheap" Colt branded mags and had to rework the feed lips on a few to make them feed.

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Old October 21, 2019, 17:23   #24
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+1 for Wilson 47D.

I have (or have had...) Colt, Kimber, Wilson, Shlomo Special, and Les Baer. They all run the Wilson without complaint in the desert, on the TR deck, and at New Years BBQ / Hold-My-Beer contests.

Nothing against McCormick. I've never shot 'em.
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Mine (about 25) are a combination of Wilson 47Ds and McCormicks. No complaints with either.
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I must second the Metalform, specifically the stainless, 7 round version with the round top follower. Reliable and inexpensive. I use them in my Springfield, Colt and Rock River (NOT Rock Island!). Another one I have had pretty good luck with is the Novak Acti-Mag, a smooth running 8 rounder that actually works and locks open on the last round.
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Old October 27, 2019, 08:26   #28
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Best 1911 mags come in 10mm..
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Act mags, a little bit flashy, but they work.
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Another vote for McCormick Shooting Star mags. No brainer.

Not sure if they are “the best,” but they are the only 1911 magazine I have ever bought new for numerous guns, and never had an issue. Cannot say the same for numerous other 1911 mags that fell in my lap over the years.
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Best 1911 mags come in 10mm..
If I had a spare $4,000 laying around for another single stack 1911 this Ed Brown long slide would already be on order. Sure for another grand or so they would build it on a 2011 double stack frame.



I had to slum when got all hot and bothered about my latest 10mm single stack (have one of the early Colt Delta Elites and other 1911s in 10mm) and buy a SIG P220 Pro Hunter. The factory installed red dot with 1/3 cowitnessed sights for $1,500 including spare magazines, holster and other required accessories forced me to step outside of the 1911 arena and go with this crazy looking pistol.



One of the guys on recent church security team did some training with carries the SIG P220 Pro Hunter and can choose which eyeball on a head shot at 100 yards. I just center up the forehead and let it eat.
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back in the early 1980’s when I got my first 1911, Wilson mags were the most reliable but they had a plastic molded base that broke all the time, I had 2 of them and when Chip McCormick shooting stars mags hit the market I tried 2 of them, then no worries about broken bases as I kept buying CMC’s every other year

A few years ago I put them back in rotation when I could get steel bases from Wilson so no more plastic ……

recently I purchased 2 Chip McCormick 10 round RPM mags, have not got the chance to give them a good workout yet but they do appear to be high quality as the many other Chip McCormick mags that I have
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