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Old 07-17-2019, 03:42 AM
georgetstagg georgetstagg is offline
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Authentic Colt Mags?

Any ideas on if these mags are Colt brand?





If no, I'm guessing if they "just work" plinking around then no big deal right?
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:24 AM
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They are not OEM Colt magazines. Font is wrong, depth of the stamping wrong, positioning of the lettering wrong, fit and finish of baseplates not up to Colt standards.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:34 AM
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hey thanks filson, we shall see how they perform at least...

is there a go-to source generally agreed upon by 1911 to grab OE colt mags at reasonable costs?
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:17 AM
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They go in and out of stock at Brownells and Midway. The ones below came out of Colt pistols I have purchased over the years with the M meaning it was made by Metalform and the C meaning it was made by Checkmate.

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Old 07-17-2019, 08:19 AM
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Be aware that there are millions of "fake" Colt magazines on the market and that Colt doesn't even make magazines - they subcontract them.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:45 AM
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I sort them in batches, with pony, Colt no pony but with M or C stamp and all others. Then I stash them for who knows why! I use Wilson mags without exception. I’ve got 7,8,10, no base, wide base, narrow base, OACP and the Sentinel but all Wilson. I use the various styles to indicate what ammo is in them. The 160, 185 and other ammo is easily spotted. The rumor I weigh each factory round is not true....I only spot check.

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Old 07-17-2019, 10:29 AM
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I have lots of Wilsons also. Where Colt is hard to buy it seems online places and even LGSs have deals where you buy three Wilsons and get them for a good price per mag. Also, so far, they seem to work fine.

Now these at Midway look like they are in stock.......

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/20...r-45-acp-steel
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:57 AM
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Be aware that there are millions of "fake" Colt magazines on the market and that Colt doesn't even make magazines - they subcontract them.
Colt made their own magazines up until the 1970s when they started using sub-contractors (they also used sub-contractors during WW2 to save precious floor space). And yes you are right that there are probably more fake Colt mags of sub-par quality floating around out there than genuine factory mags. I unwittingly bought quite a few in my younger years before I wised up.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:59 AM
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is there a go-to source generally agreed upon by 1911 to grab OE colt mags at reasonable costs?
What do you need OE mags for, to add to a pistol without a correct mag or ?


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Old 07-17-2019, 05:35 PM
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What do you need OE mags for, to add to a pistol without a correct mag or ?
Hey, good question - I'm not looking to match to any specific Colt 1911.

Instead I like to stick with original hardware (or generally accepted high quality replacement parts) for, well. pretty much anything..

As for the mags in my original post, we shall see how long they actually hold up..
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:29 PM
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Any ideas on if these mags are Colt brand?



If no, I'm guessing if they "just work" plinking around then no big deal right?
I bought five of them at a Gun Show. One failed on the first range outing. The second failed on my next outing. The floor plates will pop off. They were all junk and somebody told me they were made in Korea.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:27 PM
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Hey, good question - I'm not looking to match to any specific Colt 1911.



Instead I like to stick with original hardware (or generally accepted high quality replacement parts) for, well. pretty much anything..



As for the mags in my original post, we shall see how long they actually hold up..
Just buy Wilson or Tripp, or McCormick and be done with it. Real Colt marked mags , especially older ones , aren't cheap .

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A further note - I used Wilson and Chip McCormick for IPSC years ago, and they are excellent, but the CMCs are functionally better. Why?

Because the flat steel "scraper" follower cannot be wedged by excess/dirty powder, dirt, etc., on the CMCs - the four sided plastic Wilson followers can be stopped by simply getting dirty. Yes, I know, keep it clean - but I prefer reliability whether clean or not. CC
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:42 PM
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is there a go-to source generally agreed upon by 1911 to grab OE colt mags at reasonable costs?
We have a similar thread running in the "Parts and Accessories" sub-forum that may give you some answers.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=995438
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:52 PM
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Instead I like to stick with original hardware (or generally accepted high quality replacement parts) for, well. pretty much anything..
The 1911 is not a Glock. For instance, there probably are no better Glock mags than Glock factory mags.

Generally speaking, most 1911's come with cheap mags since most makers understand most 1911 users are going to buy their mags from Wilson, Tripp, McCormick or other after market mag maker.

Here's our "Best 1911 Mag" thread, that may give you some ideas for what to choose.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=344509

There are a lot of different opinions, as you may expect, but there will be a lot of repeat recommendations. Pick one of those, buy one example of that mag, see if your gun likes them, then buy more.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:27 PM
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The key to good/great magazines is to only use
or buy the exceptional.

For instance, I've had very good luck and usage from
Colt supplied magazines, even currently produced ones.
I'm assuming I was lucky and got only exceptional
magazines, not the ones so many others get.

I've also had exceptional usage from Ruger 1911
magazines, even using in Colts. I assume that I was
only supplied with exceptional Ruger magazines.

And I've had exceptional service from numerous
Springfield Armory supplied magazines.

I must admit at my own amazement that I get
only the exceptional/highly reliable magazines
and the rest go to so many others whom I
count as unfortunate.

So, my advice is to become an exceptional shooter
and the likes of Colt will only supply you with
exceptionally serviceable magazines.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:26 PM
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Hey, good question - I'm not looking to match to any specific Colt 1911.

Instead I like to stick with original hardware (or generally accepted high quality replacement parts) for, well. pretty much anything..

As for the mags in my original post, we shall see how long they actually hold up..
Checkmate magazines are what came with my newer crop of Colts. They are an OE maker for many companies, as well as MetalForm. I mention those two specifically because I have seen both being used as OE by Colt.

Mec-Gar is another OE maker for many companies, but I have never seen any come with a Colt.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:12 AM
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I appreciate all the feedback and links to other similar discussions in the thread, thank you all
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