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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by DFin, May 15, 2012.
Good, Bad, Ugly? I am hoping that I can't go wrong with Colt manufactured mags.
There's at least two companies that make mags for Colt(maybe more) one is CheckMate(small "c" on the base of the mag) the other is MetalForm(small "m" on the base of the mag) but like I said, there may be others. I picked up 3 CheckMate mags, blue steel, Hybrid feed lips, CheckMate Followers and they work like a charm. The MetalForm mags that I got from CDNN all had weak springs in them and were sent back but I don't think that's the norm for MF mags, probably just a bad batch. Still, I'd stick with CheckMate mags if you have a choice.
Here's the ones I picked up.
Some people swear by them and will only buy them. My rule of thumb with mags is if they work, use them, if they dont , toss them.
Watch out for counterfeits they're out there
Like TN.Frank said, Colt utilizes a 3rd party to make mags for them. Generally speaking, these mags are OK but nothing special. Buy Checkmate or Metalform brand mags and save a few bucks unless you really, really, really have to have the Horsey stamped on the mag. I don't own any extra Colt mags. For the same price, I can get McCormick or Mec-Gar mags which are a lot better.
The mags that Colt supplies have always worked well enough for me.
Colt OEM mags should work fine but I wouldn't pay a premium for them. Chip McCormicks have worked as good as any other brand for me and cost nearly half as much as some others.
I bought a couple of Cobra mags for my 1911's from Virgil Trip's Co. & a couple of his 7 rd spring & follower kits, to install into my other brand mags. His mags are Top Shelf & the best $$$$$$$$ that I ever spent on any 1911 mags. They Work flawlessly Period. I picked up a couple of SS 7 rd 1911 Metal Form mags from CDNN for $13.00. I am going to put them through some work in my Ruger SR1911 gun & see how they function.