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Old 04-16-2020, 03:47 AM
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New 1911 owner needing advice

Just won a Taurus PT1911 off Gunbroker, but have yet to receive it.
It comes with one magazine, but I'd like to get at least two more.
Since the purchase emptied my piggybank, I was wondering if there are any good quality, low priced magazines out there.
I've read that 1911's are finicky and what may work great in one brand has issues with another.
Right now I can't afford to purchase a half dozen magazines just to fine out only one or two will like my gun (or my gun like it).
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Old 04-16-2020, 04:50 AM
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There is some variance between guns, so take all recommendations with a grain of salt. That out of the way, I have had good luck with Me Gar 8rd .45 ACP magazines. Feed well, lock back the slide, drop free. All the things magazines are supposed to do. Good luck with the new pistol.

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Old 04-16-2020, 05:39 AM
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Watch sales. Two other mag manufacturers that can be had reasonably priced are Checkmate and Metalform.
Both are suppliers to major gun brands.
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Old 04-16-2020, 07:26 AM
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Here's our "Best 1911 Mag" sticky. https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=344509

Whatever you select, don't buy a bunch of any mag. Buy one, make sure it works in your gun, then buy more.

The full size 1911 was designed with a 7 round magazine. Over the years, 8 rounders have become more popular and common as the standard capacity. However, many 8 rounders have the same tube length as 7 rounders and often don't work as well as the 7 rounders.

I prefer 7 round mags, and typically choose between Wilson's 47 ( https://shopwilsoncombat.com/7-Round/products/370/ ) or a CheckMate 7 rounder with wadcutter feed lips ( https://www.topgunsupply.com/magazin...full-size.html ).
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Old 04-16-2020, 09:11 AM
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https://www.cdnnsports.com/1911-8rd-....html?___SID=U

I've used these in all my 1911 pistols with good result.
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Old 04-16-2020, 09:23 AM
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Based on my years of owning the 1911, any off the wall brand costing less that a Jackson are junk mags. I currently use Wilson 47's, Wilson 7 round service mags, Metal Form & Springfield Armory.
Oh, I have a few ACT mags that work very well with my Rock Island compacts.
Like I said, that my experiences. Good luck with yours & happy shooting that new Taurus.

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Old 04-16-2020, 10:49 AM
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Usually with 1911 mags you can't fit "good" and "cheap" in the same sentence. However for around $20 the Metalforms are pretty good.

https://gunmagwarehouse.com/brands/m...o-acp--7-round
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Old 04-16-2020, 06:54 PM
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I got a Wilson Combat 47 today for $30 shipped. It's used, so I don't know if that's a good deal or not.
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Old 04-16-2020, 07:19 PM
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I got a Wilson Combat 47 today for $30 shipped.
Note there is a difference between the 47 and 47D.
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Old 04-16-2020, 08:40 PM
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Metalform and Checkmate are the OEM suppliers for Colt.
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And probably most of the other manufacturers. Remember, the majority of 8-round mags do not fit flush with the grip. Those that do are problematic for me. Trying to stuff 10 pounds of potatoes into a 5 pound bag.
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Old 04-16-2020, 09:14 PM
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https://www.cdnnsports.com/1911-8rd-....html?___SID=U

I've used these in all my 1911 pistols with good result.
I doubt this price at CDNN be beat, also you can always find MecGar for under 20.ea. I've never had a problem with those. Act mags made in Italy are another good one that won't break the bank.

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Old 04-16-2020, 10:28 PM
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I doubt this price at CDNN be beat, also you can always find MecGar for under 20.ea. I've never had a problem with those. Act mags made in Italy are another good one that won't break the bank.

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Whereas MecGar never worked for me.

It really is gun-dependent. My favorite is Checkmate GI.

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Old 04-17-2020, 07:50 AM
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Good quality - low price. Pick one.
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Old 04-17-2020, 09:06 AM
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I doubt this price at CDNN be beat, also you can always find MecGar for under 20.ea. I've never had a problem with those. Act mags made in Italy are another good one that won't break the bank.

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These are Metalform mags. Some of them came with MF backer cards in the package.

I was using them yesterday at the range. Over 400 rounds through four different 1911 pistols with no problem.

I have thousands of rounds through these mags. For the money you can't beat them unless Joe on eBay is running a special.
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Old 04-17-2020, 09:45 AM
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I certainly need no more .45 mags but I think I'll have to try these out.

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Old 04-17-2020, 10:17 AM
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If you are a plinker and casual target shooter, Klonimus off eBay works well and is about as low priced as you want to go. I build all of my 1911s for the joy of building them, 6 of them are from 80% frames. Klonimus mags work in all of my 45 ACP 1911s. Klonimus does not yet have a 9mm mag. For now, I have Mec-Gar for my 9mm 1911s and they work well.
If you are a Competitive Shooter where milliseconds count, there is a lot of good advice posted above.
The surplus GI mags you find online, in a box at Gun Shows, or Gun stores often take a lot of tuning just to get them to feed and work the slide stop properly.
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Old 04-17-2020, 10:17 AM
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I ordered 2 more Mec-Gar MGCGOV9LB For 1911 Full-Size 9mm 9 round Steel Magazines from eBay today.

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Old 04-17-2020, 02:16 PM
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I've been using Chip McCormick Shooting Stars flush mount 8 rounders for the last eight years in my RIA. Never had a problem with them. They were $14.00 back then. I don't know what they are now. I don't like the bumper on the ACT mags but that's just me.
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Old 04-17-2020, 05:41 PM
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"good quality, low priced" are mutually exclusive terms.

You get what you pay for.
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Old 04-18-2020, 01:00 PM
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Most 1911s will work with most magazines. A few are finicky.

Wait until you get the gun, then shoot it with the magazine it came with.

Does it work reliably?
- if yes, then you want another one like it. There are several typs of feed lip/follower geometry for 1911 mags; this web site will help you identify which you have, and you can order another of the same type http://how-i-did-it.org/magazines/
- if no, order a different type and see how it works

Is it marked as an aftermarket mag?
- a mag is a mag to many shooters; the seller may have shipped it with whatever mag was close at hand. He may not have kept track of the original, or might never have had it. But if the mag is marked and works, just order some more like it
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Old 04-18-2020, 01:26 PM
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There are several typs of feed lip/follower geometry for 1911 mags;
There are three feed lip styles.

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...this web site will help you identify which you have, and you can order another of the same type http://how-i-did-it.org/magazines/
Oooh, taking that article at face value, is generally a recipe for problems.

CheckMate will show you the three styles of feed lips, here.

http://www.checkmatemagazines.com/in...d=367#Feed_Lip

Nearly every contemporary 1911 magazine maker uses wadcutter feed lips.
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Old 04-18-2020, 02:17 PM
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I have a few high quality magazines that I use for carry and home defense. I have several low cost magazines that are dedicated for range practice. That system seems to work well for me. I bought the low cost magazines on ebay, new in package and free shipping.
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Old 04-21-2020, 10:30 PM
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Gun arrived yesterday and went to do the paperwork today. Kind of aggravated that the receiving FFL isn't counting the travel time as part of the 72 hour "holding time", even though he already did a background check and the approval came back immediately.
On the plus side, the gun links good, functioned properly (from what little I "played" with it), very little wear, and good rifling.
I'll get to pick it up Thursday evening.
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