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Old 10-09-2019, 04:59 PM
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A Tale of Two Magazines

Hi, today I shot a Wild Bunch Match so I though tit would be fun to used my US 1918 re-blued Colt. I purchased this a decade or two ago. I brought the pistol with the "original" magazine and two stainless steel colt 8 shot magazines. The two 8 shot magazines failed to stay open on the last round. I found on investigation that the 8 rounders kept the slide back on my more modern XSE but not on the GI Colt. I also tried a new Colt 8 round magazine with similar results. I had some GI surplus magazines that I got from the CMP and they worked in both pistols. One 8 round magazine did work in all pistols and that was a Wilson. If you look at both magazines there is a difference in the follower and the magazine lips. Anyone here have experience with this ? Regards, Mike
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:27 PM
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US military 1911 pistols were designed to work with the original military-spec magazines with their tapered feed lips and folded sheet metal followers. Today's modern 1911 magazines are all over the place regarding their designs as well as their tolerances. Just look at the myriad of different follower designs in use nowadays as an example. So no it doesn't surprise me at all that a non-military magazine would prove to have compatibility issues with a vintage military-issue pistol.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:37 PM
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Hi DSK, thanks for your comments. I know your right it just didn't occur to me that the magazine would not work in all 1911's. regards, Mike
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:46 PM
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Even with modern 1911s magazines are a crapshoot. Most functioning problems are directly related to the magazines available these days, and with no two manufacturers making 1911 mags that are designed and constructed the same it's no wonder so many folks have problems. In the end you have to experiment to find out what brands of mags work well in a given pistol. A few companies make really good "modern" mags such as Wilson Combat, but I usually avoid the rest and simply hang on to my WW2 and post-war GI mags that work all the time. Unfortunately though there are plenty of cheap, poorly-made copies of GI mags out there so that's an issue as well. Just hold a WW2-era contract mag in your hand and compare it to a similar mag that comes with your brand-new Colt or Springfield pistol. You'll see how the new ones are made of thinner sheet metal and have weaker springs in them.
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