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Old 11-13-2010, 03:33 PM
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Metalform 1911 magazines .45




Ok, I'm learning something new today and I've discovered a "new to me" magazine made by Metalform. I can't find their web site but their magazines are sold on Brownells.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/sid=5...olished_Silver

I'm fascinated by the fact that a magazine can sell for that much and that I've never heard of them until yesterday. The way I discovered it was that I sent one of my 1911's back to the maker for some upgrades and when he shipped it back to me there was a magazine in the gun, it was empty. So I took it out to examine it., and saw that it was not a mag that I had ever seen before. Here's what I saw:






The strangest thing I noticed was that the follower (?), I think that's what it's called. It's the surface you see when it's unloaded and you can see it in the third photo. Instead of being a concave surface like all my Wilsons and Tripps his has a convex surface. Besides that when I went to Brownells I found out they sell for $55.83 each plus shipping and handling fees.

I'm sure you guys know abut these mags but my question is what would make them worth the selling price?
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:44 PM
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No comment on the price but here is the Metalform website:

http://www.metalformcompany.com/

From the image on the website it appears as if the come with a nylon belt pouch. Price is listed as $51.17.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:49 PM
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Wow, that it s new one! I hope it also cleans and lubricates the gun when fired.
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:50 PM
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While it may be a fine mag, the price has put it completely out of the competition. Its about $20 or $25 too expensive.
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:05 AM
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Brownells dealer price on that magazine is less, depending on the finish. $30+.

It has parts that can interchange with the Tripp Cobra Mag, although the feed lips are different and is virtually identical to the Ed Brown 8-pack.

I have some and so far they have extremely reliable.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:37 AM
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I noticed that the use Wolf springs, too bad they don't sell a spring and follower kit separately. The "round " design of the follower really intrigues me.

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Old 11-14-2010, 11:38 AM
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Brownells dealer price on that magazine is less, depending on the finish. $30+.

It has parts that can interchange with the Tripp Cobra Mag, although the feed lips are different and is virtually identical to the Ed Brown 8-pack.

I have some and so far they have extremely reliable.
Do you think they are worth the price?
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:50 AM
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Brownells dealer price on that magazine is less, depending on the finish. $30+.

It has parts that can interchange with the Tripp Cobra Mag, although the feed lips are different and is virtually identical to the Ed Brown 8-pack.

I have some and so far they have extremely reliable.
Metalform makes Ed Brown magazines.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:13 PM
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I carry Metalform Elites on my belt as spare magazines. They look just like Brown 8-Packs, and are very similar to Tripp Cobra Mags, but they are available in four different finishes. I like the dark IonBond finishes, which give a low-contrast appearance next to a dark T-shirt.

They're expensive, even with Brownell's discount. But I don't mind spending the extra money on a few concealed-carry spares that seem to be perfect for my needs.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:51 PM
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I carry Metalform Elites on my belt as spare magazines. They look just like Brown 8-Packs, and are very similar to Tripp Cobra Mags,
How are they similiar to Tripps, the followers are totally different?
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:07 PM
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I've had other Metalforms with the rounded metal follower. They worked.

But no, I don't think they're worth 50+ dollars as they do not do anything a 25-35 dollar mag won't do.
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:04 PM
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How are they similiar to Tripps, the followers are totally different?
The metal bodies have the same shape, and the plastic base plates are identical. The Metalform base plate even says "COBRAMAG" on one side.
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:27 PM
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The metal bodies have the same shape, and the plastic base plates are identical. The Metalform base plate even says "COBRAMAG" on one side.
The metal tube on the Tripps have rectangular slots cut out for viewing of the ammo. The Metalform mag has holes for the same purpose.

I have heard that the earlier versions of Metalforms mag did use the "COBRAMAG" base plate but mine does not have this feature.

On the flat sides of the tubes the Tripps have on one side even numbers that ID the number of rounds in the mag and on the other side odd numbers. The Metalform mags have even numbers on both sides.

To further confuse the issue take a look at this:
http://www.p3llc.com/Products/CerTac...6/Default.aspx
Does the logo look familiar? The match identically.

Finally, the feed lip design is different on each of them.
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VietVet,

You're right, I just didn't see it before. My eyes must be playing tricks on me.

I was comparing the new Metalform to an older Tripp Cobra Mag. I'd forgotten about the new Tripp design.

Is the base plate on your Metalform made of plastic or aluminum?
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:15 PM
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The strangest thing I noticed was that the follower (?), I think that's what it's called. It's the surface you see when it's unloaded and you can see it in the third photo. Instead of being a concave surface like all my Wilsons and Tripps his has a convex surface. Besides that when I went to Brownells I found out they sell for $55.83 each plus shipping and handling fees.

i think they are called "bullnose" followers...same as those Ed Brown 8 packs.
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they may be the cat's arse, but for that price, they damn well better make me coffee in the morning...
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Metalform Elite 8 pricing

The price for a Metalform Elite 8 depends on the finish and the retailer. There's a wide price range.

The Brownell's discounted price for one with matte silver finish is $31.69. That's not much more than their discounted price of $29.99 for an Ed Brown 8-Pack, and is less than the typical retail price of a Cobra Mag.

Sticker shock comes with the Brownell's full retail price of $66.33 for an Elite 8 in polished black IonBond.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:12 PM
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Do you think they are worth the price?
For me... yes.

I use the black stainless steel version. On a duty belt they get exposed to the weather, I like the stainless steel for rust issues and the black finish so they don't standout.

Wilson Elite mags are the only other black stainless steel magazine that I know of. I just happened to try these 1st. Not sure about the Wilson Elite mag price, but it's probably in the ball park.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:27 PM
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I noticed that the use Wolf springs, too bad they don't sell a spring and follower kit separately. The "round " design of the follower really intrigues me.
Here is the link for the round follower from Brownells. The pic incorrectly shows their flat follower. http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/sid=2...d_Top_Follower
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:20 AM
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Metalform mags are top quality.They were just on sale at CDNN Sports,got their stainless mags in 38 Super for 14.99 ea.The regular 45 acp mags were 9.99.They're 47 bucks direct from the maker.I have 8 of them with the rounded follower,which you can order as a component,good stuff.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:13 AM
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Is the base plate on your Metalform made of plastic or aluminum?
Mine is black plastic with no writing on it.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:28 AM
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Here is the link for the round follower from Brownells. The pic incorrectly shows their flat follower. http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/sid=2...d_Top_Follower
I see what you're talking about, the picture doesn't match the description. So now I'm wondering if I could order these and some Wolff magazine springs and replace the guts on my Wilsons and Tripps?
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Metalform mags are top quality.They were just on sale at CDNN Sports,got their stainless mags in 38 Super for 14.99 ea.The regular 45 acp mags were 9.99.They're 47 bucks direct from the maker.I have 8 of them with the rounded follower,which you can order as a component,good stuff.
I just checked CDNN and couldn't find ANY Metalform mags.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:57 AM
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I just checked CDNN and couldn't find ANY Metalform mags.

Here ya go: http://search.store.yahoo.net/cdnn/c...agazines1.html
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Thanks, but the followers on those are totally different, They're flat and without the rounded nose. They are a great value though.
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