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Rate the 1911 magazine companies in order

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by u4ea, Feb 6, 2011.


  1. u4ea

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    I am searching for "the one" 1911, but I figure I might as well buy magazines in the mean time. Hopefully I can get a good number of them on hand for when I finally get my gun. Who makes the best magazine for 1911s and why? I see a lot of people buying Wilson mags and claim they're as good as it gets.
     

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  2. R0CKETMAN

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    No order
    Wilson ETM
    CMC power mag+
    Tripp
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  3. Rimcrew

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    Take this to the bank:

    Tripp















    All the others, period. :supergrin:
     
  4. eljay45

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    Wilson , Tripp, McCormick, Metalform all get good reviews from most.Many say Kimber mags suck but they work fine for me. I'd suggest you buy the gun first, it may not like the mags you buy.
     
  5. GJ1981

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    There isn't a "one," at least I haven't found one yet.

    I like CMC's Power Mag, why? Good performance, good tubes, and fair price.

    Wilson's are good with the similar qualities of the CMC, but I've found their springs to wear out much faster. My ETM's already need new springs, and I think they use one-off springs, but I may be wrong?

    Tripp Cobras are highly suggested, but I haven't used them long enough to really say if they are worth the extra $. The have a longer body, great follower, and strong springs.

    I've had good luck with ACT mags recently. They had been known to crack feed lips fairly easily, don't know if that is still a problem or not.
     
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  6. Happy Hunting

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    47DC in the holster, 47D(x2) on the belt. Never gone wrong with any of those unlike the colt mags. I have since gotten a spring and follower from Wilson for the Colts and haven't had a problem with them so this may be a cheaper fix than you think.
     
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    Tie for first place - Wilson and Tripp Cobra. All the rest don't matter.
     
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    The best brand of 1911 magazine is the one that works best in your 1911.
     
  9. Ruggles

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    Never ever never gonna get a consensus on this :)

    I think the top tier mags are pretty much equal and may or may not work the best in a particular 1911.

    I use Wilson & Ed Brown randomly and feel as good about either. Tripp is suppose to be pretty good as well.
     
  10. ThreadKiller

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    As far as 8 round mags go, there are none better than the Tripp CobraMag. I'm talking reliability and durability here. I don't care for the Tripp mag as a carry mag, as the plastic baseplate is too wide IMHO. I see now that Tripp makes a metal baseplate but I've no experience with them so I can't comment.

    The Wilson 8 rounders are good mags, but the springs are pathetic. I'm not wild about the all plastic follower either. Wilson will send you the parts to overhaul 'em but I'd rather not deal with it.

    What I do, is put the Tripp conversion kits in the Wilson bodies with the steel base plate. This makes the ideal carry mag IMHO. Durable, flat and reliable. The conversion reduces capacity by 1 round but I can live with that. I'll trade one round for compactness (flatness) and reliability.
     
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    I've had excellent luck with Colt 8 round magazines that use the "newer" follower and lips. I'm sure someone else will say they suck. Anyhow, try some, keep the ones that work for you and sell the rest to someone else who has better luck with that brand.

    Wilson magazines work as well as Colts for me, but since the Colts do the job for roughly half the price (YMMV), I mostly buy Colt magazines.

    CMC magazines also seem to work as well as the above two, but I've only owned one so I have limited experience with them. Thus, I can't recommend them one way or another.
     
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    I use Brown, Wilson, Tripp,Nighthawk,CMC,whoever makes mags. for S&W and Cerberus Cer Tac mags. and I've never had any issues with any.But my kimber 9mm mags were junk.
     
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    Tripp and Wilson ETM:supergrin::wavey:
     
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    Why not just use the Tripp 7 round mag? That is what I am using.
     
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    Looks like you understand the platform.

    You should check out the Checkmate G.I. spec mags.:wavey:
     
  17. ThreadKiller

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    Already had a bunch o' Wilson's on hand so the Tripp conversion was very easy to implement (and cheaper!) The Wilson mag bodies are excellent quality so they're a very good candidate for the conversion.

    I bought the Tripp 8 rounders for range work. They've made several trips to TR, a MAG40 class with Mas Ayoob, some local training events, all my personal training range work and have run flawlessly.

    Occasionally one will fail to drop out after it gets gunked up with bullet lube but that's easily corrected. I don't consider that the fault of the mag. Just the operator. :)
     
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    Wilsons and CMC for me!
     
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    Winner! I have mix of mags that include Colt, Wilson, and Springfield factory with Tripp upgrades. All work in my Valor and S.A. GI. CMC Powermags didn't work in my other 1911 but it's gone. I'll buy some of the new black ones soon.
     
  20. TSAX

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    Chip Power 10's. On sale you can get them for $25 for 10 rounders can beat that. The Wilson 47's are great but around $35 to $40 for 1.........