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Old 01-28-2020, 11:21 AM
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P14 magazines

I recently inherited my father's old P14. Im not sure the exact age of the gun, but I know it was used when he bought it in 2002-2003. It's got one factory magazine and some weird half plastic thing. I'm wondering what the best magazines for these are, good places to find them, and if there are new or upgraded springs for my current ones.

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Old 01-28-2020, 11:55 AM
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My para mags are all 14 rounds. Put wolf extra springs in them . Sounds like your gun was made in Canada and it is a great gun.
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Old 01-28-2020, 12:25 PM
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Agreed, that's very likely a good pistol. These mags will work great in your gun.......

https://www.cdnnsports.com/p14-45-14...U#.XjB8kGhKjcc
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Old 01-28-2020, 02:33 PM
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i bought the Canadian P-14 Limited in 40 SW some years back thinking that I thought I was going to use for it competition but life got in the way. It's an incredible double stack pistol for the right person...

Are these still popular in competition and are the original mags still difficult to get? I ask because I purchased the firearm NIB with (6) additional factory mags but the pistol has been a safe queen collecting dust and don't know if its worth selling, trading or just keeping (maybe it will go up in value (in a thousand years :-))?

Any Para folks care to comment?
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Old 01-28-2020, 06:23 PM
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Mine is a 45 acp ss and it is a great gun .Heavy with 15 rounds but it shoots great. Value ???
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Old 01-28-2020, 10:44 PM
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Mine is a 45 acp ss and it is a great gun .Heavy with 15 rounds but it shoots great. Value ???
i bought this with the all of the original magazines because I wanted to use it for competition with a .40 SW. Then I ended up getting transferred so in the safe it has remained.

It's a beautiful pistol. I think it would an absolutely fantastic pistol for someone that wants to get into completion but cannot afford an STI 2011......

Interestingly, I also have the Para 45 Limited as well that is also a safe queen....Another project that was supposed to be a competition gun but that never left the ground..... I have shot the P45 Limited several times and it"s never missed a beat with a double stack magazine holding 15 rounds, that's a potentially great competition pistol.....
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:09 AM
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I've got an early P14, circa 1990ish, I think. The markings are "Para-Ordinance Inc. FT. Lauderdale FL, Made in Canada." I don't shoot it any more because the magazines have been problematic, for me. I would agree with the one earlier post to double check that the magazine springs are strong/top notch. I would get Para factory mags and then upgrade the springs to Wolf's if it doesn't run reliably.

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Old 01-29-2020, 11:08 AM
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I've got an early P14, circa 1990ish, I think. The markings are "Para-Ordinance Inc. FT. Lauderdale FL, Made in Canada." I don't shoot it any more because the magazines have been problematic, for me. I would agree with the one earlier post to double check that the magazine springs are strong/top notch. I would get Para factory mags and then upgrade the springs to Wolf's if it doesn't run reliably.
Have you purchased or try to obtain some of the newer mags on the market? When I bought mine as a “competition pistol”, I had spoken to many that has trouble finding mags. That’s why I purchased a number I thought would suffice for competition....
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Old 01-29-2020, 11:16 AM
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I tried one other type of magazine, many years ago, and had issues. In my case, I think the problem is either the magazine spring, or oddly enough, the body of the magazine is restricting the spring. How that would be possible is not clear to me, but when I pull the spring out, it drags through the mag body. I need to get some other magazines and try it. What magazines would you guys recommend?
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Old 01-29-2020, 11:23 AM
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I have several of the Mec-Gars linked above and they've given me no issues. The only Para mags that have given me problems were the ones for the P-18 in 9mm. The Mec-Gars in .45 have worked fine.
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Old 01-29-2020, 11:26 AM
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I have several of the Mec-Gars linked above and they've given me no issues. The only Para mags that have given me problems were the ones for the P-18 in 9mm. The Mec-Gars in .45 have worked fine.
Thanks! I have their magazines for some other guns and they are outstanding.
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Old 01-29-2020, 11:42 AM
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This Canadian sample from back around 2000 or so saw a good bit of match use over the years. Extremely reliable and quite accurate. It does have a tight chamber, so reloaded cartridges really need to be to spec. These days, though, she's not active in competition, but does see daylight every now and then.

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Old 01-29-2020, 01:20 PM
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This Canadian sample from back around 2000 or so saw a good bit of match use over the years. Extremely reliable and quite accurate. It does have a tight chamber, so reloaded cartridges really need to be to spec. These days, though, she's not active in competition, but does see daylight every now and then.

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That’s a good looking pistol! This is my LDA 45 ACP double stack limited.
Why don’t you use it for competition anymore? I had planned on using both of my paras for competition but then life got In the way....
I’m probably going to sell or trade them off.
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Old 01-29-2020, 02:52 PM
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Why donít you use it for competition anymore? ....
It came down to two letters: CZ!! Well, actually, her first replacement was a Sig 226 X5. That pistol is simply a dream to shoot. But, subsequently, I was thoroughly spoiled by a CZ TSO. Those two are perhaps the finest non-1911, single-action-only pistols on the planet, but the TSO is arguably the best 'bang for the buck' in existence - for those of us who prefer heavier handguns, that is.
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Old 01-30-2020, 09:10 PM
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Agreed, that's very likely a good pistol. These mags will work great in your gun.......

https://www.cdnnsports.com/p14-45-14...U#.XjB8kGhKjcc
I will second this comment, they work well in both my Springfield Armory and RIA double stack 1911ís.

I had a Para ďGunsmith kitĒ Double stack 1911 frame back in the late 80ís - to early 90ís that got me hooked on double stack 1911ís.
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Old 02-03-2020, 06:44 PM
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I believe you can still find a few original Para Ordnance mags here and there.

As already stated here, you'd be fine using MECGAR mags for your 14-45.

If Pro Mag makes a 14-45 mag, which they shouldn't...don't buy.
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Old 05-06-2020, 12:12 AM
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CDNN almost always has OE Para P14-45 mags cheap. I bought a bunch back when they were $65.00 each at gun shows.. Ouch. Mine are all still in wrappers.
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Old 06-02-2020, 06:06 PM
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CDNN almost always has OE Para P14-45 mags cheap. I bought a bunch back when they were $65.00 each at gun shows.. Ouch. Mine are all still in wrappers.
And they are just that from CDNN, cheap mags, & perform like cheap mags.
IMHO.
Your milage may vary.

*Unless you get the Mec-Gar magazines, but they are not as cheap as the other brand.
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Old 06-05-2020, 03:39 PM
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Greg Cote has Para mags.
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Old 06-05-2020, 04:21 PM
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I had four Canadian-made P14 mags for my Springfield hi-cap.
I added custom-cut springs and Dawson basepads, for a "reloadable" 18 rounds capacity (mags would lock in with reasonable force with the slide in battery).

Smooth function required cases with rims in good condition, either new brass or uniformed reloads (I pushed my cases through a gutted Lee FC die).
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