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    Any government size 1911s (5 inch models) will all have the same size grip.

    There are just options for a 7 or 8 round mag for 1911s. They are the SAME size magazine - the follower is just shorter to allow the 8th round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Any government size 1911s (5 inch models) will all have the same size grip.

    There are just options for a 7 or 8 round mag for 1911s. They are the SAME size magazine - the follower is just shorter to allow the 8th round.
    Then I assume the follower is not shortened, but the mag is longer on the guns that show a protrusion? The S&W and SIG mags extend beyond the bottom of the grip, but the Colts appear not to do so.

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    No, some mags have a slampad - it makes the mag longer for easier andquicker insertion.

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    Ah, I thought that could be the only thing that could jive with what you had said. In the long run, I guess the difference between 7 and 8 in the same size mag would be reliability?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottChapin View Post
    Ah, I thought that could be the only thing that could jive with what you had said. In the long run, I guess the difference between 7 and 8 in the same size mag would be reliability?
    Not really, what gets altered in the mag is the skirt of the follower and modern 8rd mags are pretty reliable, you can get 8 round mags that stick just a bit out the bottom from Wilson that are very reliable.

    Here's a short bit about 1911 mags to explain some of it in a little more detail:
    A Quick Bit on 1911 Mags.

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    In the past 7 rounders were more reliable than 8 rounders - not so much now... But some old timers still prefer 7 rounders...

    I have a mixture of the two... I use the Tripp rebuild kits in some mags, and they are only 7 rounders (they replace the insides with a better spring and follower)

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
    Here's a short bit about 1911 mags to explain some of it in a little more detail:
    A Quick Bit on 1911 Mags.
    Thanks, that helps a lot. Capacity is no longer an issue for me.

    Since the S&W Precision and Pro line is soooooo much more expensive that the Colt XSEs and SA Operators, I wonder if the standard line is as good as them, match grade barrels etc.

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