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Old 01-10-2020, 03:49 PM
Barefoot Serpent Barefoot Serpent is offline
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Magazine issues

I have two questions......Does a bad magazine usually end up with a stove pipe or FTF? I went to the range today and used some magazines I have not used in years and I had multiple stove pipes and a few failure to feed. The other magazines worked just fine. This happened with multiple 1911's of the same make as were the mags.

The second question is can you renew a magazine by replacing the spring and follower as long as the casing is in good shape? Assuming no imperfections or dents. With the Price of magazines these days that seems a reasonable fix rather than tossing them and buying new ones.
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:00 PM
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I have two questions......Does a bad magazine usually end up with a stove pipe or FTF?
All kinds of weird things can happen including the two you noted.

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The second question is can you renew a magazine by replacing the spring and follower as long as the casing is in good shape?
Usually all you need is new/stronger springs.

Can you post a couple of pictures of one of the bad magazines showing the follower and feed lips. Then another one showing the base plate?
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:06 PM
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https://www.10-8performance.com/1911-magazines/
Here's a good article to read regarding 1911 magazines. Hopefully, it'll give you more than enough info regarding 1911 mags and answer questions you didn't even know yet to ask.

One good-to-have tool is a caliber which you can use to measure the feed lips' width (not to exceed .390").

I like this spring/follower upgrade kit (it's for a .45ACP mag, although the OP didn't state which caliber was involved):
http://www.trippresearchinc.com/super-7-upgrade-kit/
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:07 PM
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What gun?
What magazines?
What ammo?
And as above, photos...

All the best,
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:27 PM
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Thanks guys. A little more information. The two guns were .45 acp Nighthawk Talon and a Nighthawk Talon 2. Both have about 2000 rounds through them. The talent 2 might have 3,000. The magazines were nighthawk magazines about 10 yeas old. I know that the old black magazines had some issues but these were stainless.. Recoil springs are within the last 500 rounds. Mainspring zand firing pin spring that never been replaced and are schedule to be soon. Ammunition was all ball Lawman and Winchester. Cannot get the pictures until tomorrow but I closely inspected the magazines and I did not see any irregularities will a surface inspection....thanks
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:43 PM
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With that few rounds through it, I would contact Nighthawk and ask if they will do a no charge replacement or refreshment. In my opinion, they will especially if you were the original purchaser. But if not original, I would ask anyway....nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:51 PM
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Sounds to me like bad springs, but if left loaded for a long time check feed lips too. The stainless act mags run fine in my guns, although i admittedly only use them for training and the range. For duty and carry i use the vicker’s tactical mags. Imo whatever solution you find for the current stock, going vickers in the end is ultimately the final answer in 1911 mags.
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Old 01-11-2020, 03:59 AM
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Give Bob Reeves a call at Nighthawk Monday. He'll get you fixed up in short order.
He's good people.

Also If you get new mags, Leave them loaded for a day or two.
New mags have stiff springs that can also cause problems.
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