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Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by JGRuby, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    A couple of questions about magazines?
    Are the WIlson magazines superior to the Mccormick power mags?
    Are the Wilson CETM that much better than the 47D magazines?


    I picked up a RIA compact 1911 - nothing fancy - it shot much better than what I was expecting - what do you guys recoomend for the magazines?
    I have been using the Colt magazines and Kimber magazines but I am looking for more reliability. I have two CETM's that I have been using but at 37$ a pop I am curious is this is the best way to go.

    I have done a lot of reading on line _ I would really like someone that knows about these magazines to weigh in.

    Honestly I was very impressed by the RIA compact - it shot ball without issue with any magazine I used. If my pistol is a good representation I think it would be hard to for the price to beat it. I was not expecting much - it is worth more to me than I paid for it - cant say that about a lot of purchases?

    James Ruby
     
  2. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I have some of the Chip McCormick Power Mag Plus mags for my 1911's. I like them and they are good mags, but I can't say they are any better than Wilson mags or even milsurp mags. Even expensive mags can have problems if the feed lips are bent or there is something wrong with the follower.
     
  3. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    The difference with any standard length magazine tube that's been modified to accept one more round than originally engineered for, will come very clear when trying to insert this type fully loaded, with the slide forward...the fight will be on! One has to ram the magazine home to get them to seat, which is the problem with the 47D's.


    The ETM's have an extended magazine tube design, which allows greater ease of loading when the magazine is full and the slide forward.

    I happen to use ETM's, as they have shown consistent reliability in every 1911 I use them in.

    As for the the Wilson vs McCormick thing...because of the differences in the individual 1911 makers specs, I'm just not seeing a clear cut winner as to the 'best' magazine.

    So the bottom line...the best magazine is the one that will consistently work with your 1911...every time.
     
  4. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    I agree with your statement - about the one that works.

    I know just quit being cheap - buy the CETM's. They work fine in my Eclipse. Buy them once.

    What do you guys reccomend for magazines for the RIA compact as I dont think they make officer model CETM's for it.

    James Ruby
     
  5. jakk586

    jakk586 Astoria, Or Active Member

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    spend as much or as little on mags as you want.

    mags that have worked well for me:

    original blued 7 round colt mags
    mec-gar
    cmc. the expensive ones, not the shooting star mags.
    act-mag and all act-mag made elsewise branded as like s&w, novak, fusion, ria, etc.

    mags that have failed me too often for me to purchase agian:

    original blued 7 round colt mags
    kimber
    u.s. mag
    factory springfield

    mags that i have not tried but have a paladdium reputation:

    tripp research cobra mags
    wilson combat mags

    i usually try to pick up either an act-mag or mecgar. they are both available in 7 and 8 round capacities and ar generaly about half the price of the other mags like the ilson and cobras. also at $7 apiece, the used colt mags are a good deal, as long as the 7 round capacity doesn't bother you. most work, but a few won't. sometimes a new spring will fix the issue, sometimes not. and at $7 i don't hesitate to take a hammer or pliers to them to try to get them functional. sell the ones that don't, and buy more. eventually you will have a bunch of reliable mags.

    also don't forget to mark your mags so you can keep track of stopages. sell or toss the repeat offenders.
     
  6. U201494

    U201494 Well-Known Member

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    I use Kimber 7 round and Chip's 7 round mags in all makes of compact 1911s without a hitch.
    They are not hard to fill and they do not have to be "slammed home" when inserting them.
     
  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I like the McCormick mags.They have always worked perfect for me,and they are a little cheaper than the Wilson.
    But I buy Wilsons if I can.They don't stick around the stores up here very long.

    Never Triple K.Every type of Triple K mag I have tried was junk. There holsters are great though.
     
  8. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    I've not tried any of the other brands, but Wilson Combat 8 rd. mags work very well in my Springfield 1911. So-far 100% reliability and no feeding or seating problems with a full mag.
     
  9. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, we get it. You're a Glock fanboy. Your first post in this thread sufficiently conveyed that. Now you're just being repetitive.




    Personally, I like the Wilson 8-rd mags. So far the only issue that I have ever had with one was an ETM that FTF the last round in the mag. I got it used, so it's probably more an issue with an old spring or follower rather than the mag design.
     
  10. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    "Better" in what way? Cheaper? Shinier? More reliable? Impress-your-buddies? Round count? For games? For defense?
     
  11. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    Glock crap dont go anywhere near my 1911's. I would rather own a rock than a rubbermaid pistol. We now know where used garbage cans go - glocks.

    James Ruby
     
  12. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    Uhm, okay...

    That doesn't answer the question. I didn't say a word about Glocks-- don't own one, never will.
     
  13. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    I humbly apologize - Jammer six I am sorry, I was wrong. I have no idea how glock got into the conversation. What I am looking at is the best reliability and cost comparison. The more exspensive the magazines the fewer and visa versa. I have pretty much determined that Wilson even though painfully exspensive maybe the best bet for my government models. I am not finding Wilson ETM in officer model - so I am curious as to what is recomended there. I am hearing bad things about the Wilson 47D magazines.

    Respectfully

    James Ruby
     
  14. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    I've had good luck with SA factory mags (Mecgar I think?). I don't have great input to add on my own other than I just picked up a bunch of Wilson and CMC mags to try out (ran through the gun and work that I got them with). But this thread is slowly evolving, and has some good info there now.
    possible Official 1911 magazine thread... - AR15.COM
     
  15. 45 for me

    45 for me Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have had better luck with Wilson's rather than Mccormick. In fact I haven't had a bad Wilson, but in general, I don't trust any magazine until I have used it several times with no issues.
     
  16. XManSV

    XManSV N/A Active Member

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    As opossed to asking a very small number of people that might respond in a forum like this, maybe you should consider going to a sight like MidwayUSA and look at the ratings of probably quite a few people that have been made for a particular candidate.

    If you see a high count of ratings and a high rating for an item, odds are you have a winner. If you see a decent count on rating and a mid to low rating you might want to stay away from that item. Amazon sells magazines, has a massive audience and has ratings.

    That might give you a much better statistical sample and therefore a more accurate measure then you're going to get from text advice on a forum.

    If this does not make sense maybe ask some friend who knows some about computers how to do searches and see consumer ratings and such as that.

    Just an idea.
     
  17. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Problem with that theory Xman is you're banking that every cheap *** who buys stuff based on price and not function hasn't scewed your numbers.
     
  18. NoviceSquared

    NoviceSquared portland Member

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    I have a similar compact 1911 made by armscor. I have one 7 round actmag, one 7 round promag, and one 7 round kimber magazine.

    They are all 100% reliable so far.

    The only issue I've run into is what wichaka mentioned about trying to seat a full magazine with the slide forward. It just doesn't work with the promag. Works fine with the other two.
     
  19. XManSV

    XManSV N/A Active Member

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    That's why I'm saying to look at their ratings of the item, not just how many people bought. Most people who purchase an item that turns out bad for them don't leave a positive rating (high stars or whatever), they leave a negative one. So:

    1 Higher number of ratings (so you get a good number of peoples experiences)
    2 Good overall rating for the item

    Lots of times if you read the reviews you also get little bits of information that can be helpful.

    Somebody at lunch mentioned Cheaper than Dirt and Cabelas both have reviews/ratings as well as Midway and Amazon.
     
  20. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    The problem I see with ratings...they need to be kept in perspective.


    When reading about someone's review, we need the person's frame of reference, past experience, actual experience, or other qualifiers to their review/opinion.

    Some reviews that state "this X item was amazing!", or "the ABC bolt-on made by XYZ is the best!", may mean little, if this is the first one they've ever owned or came in contact with.

    Too many opinions from folks who really have little exposure to said product.

    Can't tell ya how many times I have read on here and other forums;
    "I love my XYZ carbine or pistol!", yet come to find out they've have had the thing for a year or so, and are still on the first case of ammo they bought with the gun.
     
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