Springfield Factory Magazines... Should I Bother?

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      Springfield Factory Magazines... Should I Bother?

      So I finally broke down and bought a 1911. I decided on a Parkerized Springfield Mil-Spec. One of the little "bonuses" that came with the pistol is a list of factory products available at cost. Among other things, I can get factory magazines (up to 10 of them) for $9 each. I haven't heard too many good things about factory mags from ANY manufacturer though. Does anyone have a recommendation on the Springer mags? If I'm not going to have issues with them, $9 sounds like a tough deal to pass up. At the same time, I don't want to throw a bunch of money down the drain if I'm just going to throw them away and buy Wilsons.

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      The Springer mags aren't bad. Try out the gun with the mags you have and see how they run. If they run well get the mags, if they don't work you can sell them for MORE than you paid and help finance Wilson / Chip McCormick etc. mags as they ain't cheap.

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      I would trust MecGar magazines.
      http://www.mec-gar.com/product.html
      I have used them in the past for some of my pistols and have never had problems with them.
      Also MecGar makes magazines for some pistol manufacturers.
      Be wary of ProMag. I have read many bad things, but will admit I took a chance on some ProMags for my Walther P99 and they work fine.
      I never carry with them but do use them as range mags.

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      I wanted a 7 round mag for my Para so I ordered a Springfield from Midway. It works like a Swiss watch. I've had it for nearly a year now and it quite often rides as the primary mag in my carry. It has a metal follower if that makes any diffrence to ya.

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      My Springfield Factory mags work great.


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      I have 7 of the factory 7rd mags. they all function well.

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      Wilson Mags work very well in my 1911.
      I use the 8 round 47D's

      AFS

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      2 stainless steel Springfield mags came with my Longslide. I bought 2 more from Midway and all 4 of them have worked flawlessly so far. Have onlyshot a few hundred rounds though, so I don't know how they will be for the long haul, but so far I am very happy with them.

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      I have had great luck with Springfield mags in my Springfield 1911 Mil Spec. I also have a SS Kimber mag that works well. About a month ago I picked up 4 Colt mags (says Colt on the bottom anyway) for $6 each and they work good after a little use.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dosborn View Post
      I have had great luck with Springfield mags in my Springfield 1911 Mil Spec. I also have a SS Kimber mag that works well. About a month ago I picked up 4 Colt mags (says Colt on the bottom anyway) for $6 each and they work good after a little use.
      One needs to be careful when buying "Colt" marked mags, there are a lot of counterfeit mags out there

      As seen on M1911.org

      Quote Originally Posted by garrettwc
      Every once in a while a member posts a message wanting to know who made their magazines. This thread is intended to be an all inclusive list of the various codes and identifying marks used on 1911 magazines. Please feel free to add verified codes that I may have missed and include any images you may have.

      Colt Factory Magazines
      Colt uses or has used several subcontractors over the years. These magazines are usually identified by the Colt pony on the baseplate, and a couple of letter codes that indicate the finish and the subcontractor. These are the codes for those magazines.

      M=Metalform
      C=Checkmate
      O=Okay Industries
      G=?

      Here is a pic of a Colt magazine. The second letter "s" indicates a stainless mag.


      On a side note, Metalform sells a 1911 magazine under their own brand as well. This magazine has their company logo in place of the "m" used on the Colt contract mags.
      Here is a pic from our e-zine of the Metalform baseplates by John:


      GI Magazines
      (from 1911Tuner)
      Look on the toe of the floorplate for a letter identification. It'll be a single letter. S G L R One of the four.
      On the bottom, you may notice two letters...one will be a C with a hyphen between'em...but the letter on the toe identifies the manufacturer.
      S=Scovill
      G=General Shaver
      L=MS Little
      R=Risdon
      Umarked=Colt

      The C+one of the letters identifies a Colt contract with whichever vendor made the magazine.

      A CAGE code on the bottom of the floorplate is a post-war USGI magazine

      Some of the early post-war magazines were marked with the above manufacturer codes, or were assembled from surplus components. The qualify as genuine, though not exactly era-correct...and it's beyond my eyeball skills to determine the difference.

      Cage Codes
      This is a list of known cage codes posted by Doran

      MFR. 8R611
      KASCO METAL PRODUCTS
      Status: P - Cancelled Without Replacement Record Parent
      BROOKLYN, NY 11200
      Date CAGE Code Established: 4/8/1979

      MFR. 30745
      MASON-RUST CO
      Status: F - Obsolete Record Parent
      PITTSBURGH, PA 15200
      Date CAGE Code Established: 11/4/1974

      MFR. 1M291
      CHECK-MATE INDUSTRIES INC
      Status Code: ACTIVE
      777 MOUNT AVE
      WYANDANCH, NY 11798-0000
      Date CAGE Code Established: 1/11/1975

      For cage codes not listed see this website:
      https://www.bpn.gov/bincs/begin_search.asp

      I don't have a photo of a cage code baseplate. If anyone has one please add it to this thread. Thanks.

      Here is an example of a "counterfeit" magazine which failed due to bad weld.


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      Well, the four "Colt" mags are counterfeit. They haven't failed me yet at the range. They felt a little cheap when I got em so I knew to use the factory and Kimber mags for HD anyway to be safe. For range use they have been fine with no malfunctions, just a little harder on the thumbs when reloading.

      Good info VAMarine!!

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      I have 4 Springfield mags and they all work perfectly in my Springfield.

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