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1911mike
9th January 2011, 11:07
What is the least expensive and most reliable mag for a 45 ACP 1911 ??? Would you use 7 or 8 rounders ? I shoot 230 grain FMJ only. Thanks.............

joec
9th January 2011, 11:46
I own several starting with ACT, CMC, MecGar, KimPro, ProMag and WC with a few not even marked as to maker. They all work fine in my 1911s some are 6, 7 and 8 rounders. I have not tried anything larger than 8 rounds. To be honest most I bought are used.

Cap
9th January 2011, 11:56
What is the least expensive and most reliable mag for a 45 ACP 1911 ??? .

probably as many opinions as there are mag manufactures, Mike

and I don't know if there is such a thing as any "one" brand inexpensive mag that's "most" reliable in "every" 1911

I can tell you my experience with the cheap gun show mags ($6 to $9 ea) has been most unfavorable ..weak springs and spread feed lips was my experience with the three I bought.

The counterfeit "Colt" mags I have ( came with used pistols I've bought) have been less than perfect too
They have "Colt" stamped on the bottom, but no pony logo..the follower is also round ...not a flat deval (sp?) or GI dimpled follower


Here's what I'd suggest before you buy a bunch of any one particular mag
(cheap OR expensive)
Just buy one or maybe two and see if they run reliably in "your" pistol


..L.T.A.

niemi24s
9th January 2011, 13:04
+1 for this...
. . .I don't know if there is such a thing as any "one" brand inexpensive mag that's "most" reliable in "every" 1911...and I'll go one step further: I don't know if there is such a thing as any "one" brand EXpensive mag that's "most" reliable in "every" 1911!

Cheers

jg4660
9th January 2011, 14:56
I put 100 rds through a couple of the $5.95 7 rd magazines I bought from Sarco yesterday and they worked perfectly for use at the range. I plan on buying more.


JG

hercster
9th January 2011, 16:12
I'm not sure if the ACT-Mag can be classified as "inexpensive" but I found a very good on-line source at approximately $17 and a bit more depending on finish. This is the "black" mag supplied with Night Hawks and produced for other "name brand" suppliers.

Hawkmoon
9th January 2011, 17:07
Your question has no answer.

http://forum.m1911.org/showthread.php?t=89543

kenhwind
9th January 2011, 20:01
This would depend on your defination of Inexpensive.
NONE of the "so-called" special or "budget priced" mags frome the "real deal" mail orders houses were worth it.

I only buy name brand magazines from a reliable source.

Kenny78
9th January 2011, 21:59
I live by the saying cheap, fast or reliable: pick two. If you want cheap and reliable you are going to have to heed everybodys advice and take a while testing with different mags. Then shop for used/sales or other deals.

Good Luck

dogngun
14th January 2011, 06:14
the USGI or Colt mags-standard, 7 rounds. SARCO, Inc., CDNN Sports and many other online places sell them. I have NEVER had one fail to work properly, and I can't say that about some expensive aftermarket mags I have tried.
I also have a Compact 1911 that uses 6 round mags-I use only Mecgars, again with no problems.

ADDED: Both my 1911's are made by ARMSCOR.


mark

1911mike
14th January 2011, 06:43
Thanks dogngun.

kenhwind
14th January 2011, 09:09
The Colt magazines I got from CDNN sports where "counterfeit Colt' magazines. One Super 38 mag was obviously a Metalform reject.
The grips were seconds......
These were their "so called special purchase".
Just another vender like Cheaper than Dirt and Sportsman Guide selling seconds, rejects and bootleg products IMHO.
YMMV

OldSarge
14th January 2011, 22:49
most reliable mag for the money :

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4398073

Chip Mc Cormick Power Mags.

vito
15th January 2011, 02:37
What is the least expensive and most reliable mag for a 45 ACP 1911 ??? ... Thanks.............

Hello. I think one can't get that magazine at the two categories all at the same time.
True, one can be the least expensive and at the same time reliable. One can be the most reliable but definitely a bit expensive. And one can be a king's ransom but totally a piece of scrap metal.
If there's such a magazine, all the 1911 owners and suppliers would buy and horde that. Considering its supply and demand, the price of that hypothetical magazine would definitely increase. In the end, I won't be the least expensive magazine.
One would eventually settle for the best value, which of course is another thread. (My cent's worth.)

Fishslayer
22nd January 2011, 10:13
I have mags from Checkmate, Mecgar & Wilson Combat. All are 7 rounders & all work "OK" in my RIA. Meaning that they all are 100% with FMJ & none are 100% with JHP or SWC.

Prices were around $20 to $27. They're gonna last a long time (hopefully) so I don't really see quibbling over a few bucks.

FWIW I like the WC best because they're stainless and disassembly for cleaning is way more easy.

I would stay away from bargain basement mags. Just not worth it.

joec
22nd January 2011, 11:40
Here is a good source for Act and Mec Gar mags with very inexpensive shipping and fast to boot.

http://gregcotellc.com/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=62&zenid=44aa8691ae40daeef35a5fa7e386596a

hercster
22nd January 2011, 15:07
Here is a good source for Act and Mec Gar mags with very inexpensive shipping and fast to boot.

http://gregcotellc.com/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=62&zenid=44aa8691ae40daeef35a5fa7e386596a

+5 on Mr. Cote. I think he is possibly the best small business I have ever dealt with on the internet. He has quite a range of products and as you said is very fast to respond. Even his packaging is way above average. Good packaging is often a sign of people who care about their products and customers.

Top Gun Supply
22nd January 2011, 19:27
I can highly recommend Check-Mate magazines for reliability and price point.

flea57
22nd January 2011, 20:42
+1 for Top Gun Supply!! Good folks to deal with.

hercster
22nd January 2011, 20:59
+ 2 for Top gun. Excellent people to deal with. Good pricing. Very responsive and very good customer attitude. They jump on orders very quickly and then follow up by email so that you always know where your order stands. I just got a couple of Checkmate mags through them.

.45 ACP nut
28th January 2011, 00:20
These... http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=F70000-1093363051 ...work great in my Sig 1911