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 Where can I get some decent usgi mags for my 1911?
va_gunz  [Team Member]
9/21/2008 8:14:02 PM EST
I have 6 les baer mags for my carry gun but I just want some standard usgi mags for my colt usgi 1911. I saw some "COLT" mags on sportsmans guide but thet say reproduction. WTF does that mean. Are they realy colts? Who sells usgi mags? How much are they?
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ikor  [Team Member]
9/22/2008 12:31:54 AM EST
So far as I know, there have been no 'USGI' 1911 magazines made since the end of WWII. I am sure the government had a bazillion socked away. In years past I have bought several new in the old treated paper for next to nothing but I doubt that is the case these days if you can find any. Wartime production mags were made by several different suppliers and you must be very careful to examine the spot welds closely. I have seen more than one brand new mag spill its contents when the spot weld failed after a few rounds.

You could not give them to me for any sort of serious use and almost anything out there today is better than wartime production GI mags. The closest to a well done GI mag would likely be those Colt reproductions. Remember that GI mags were also only designed to feed ball ammo. Many will feed HPs as well but that was never part of the specs.
53vortec  [Team Member]
9/22/2008 1:31:00 AM EST
There were post-war contracts for 1911 magazines.

There is a lot of question about where the ones we've seen the last few years came from - generally sold as USGI surplus still in the paper - but the one thing that everyone is pretty sure about is that they're junk.

New Colt factory 7 rounders use a different feed lip design than USGI mags, the so called "hybrid" feed lips that have less taper than the USGI pattern.

Your best bet for a USGI type magazine is CM45-7-B-GI from Checkmate Industries. Floor plate, follower, and feed lips are all USGI pattern correct.
va_gunz  [Team Member]
9/22/2008 1:27:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By 53vortec:
There were post-war contracts for 1911 magazines.

There is a lot of question about where the ones we've seen the last few years came from - generally sold as USGI surplus still in the paper - but the one thing that everyone is pretty sure about is that they're junk.

New Colt factory 7 rounders use a different feed lip design than USGI mags, the so called "hybrid" feed lips that have less taper than the USGI pattern.

Your best bet for a USGI type magazine is CM45-7-B-GI from Checkmate Industries. Floor plate, follower, and feed lips are all USGI pattern correct.



They dont neccesarily have to be "USGI" i just figured that was what you would call standard mags. I just want regular mags to feed ball ammo through my gi colt.
DLaw  [Team Member]
9/22/2008 1:33:36 PM EST
Try Top Gun Supply. I've dealt with them and It was a very positive experience..
Lumpy196  [Team Member]
9/22/2008 2:09:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By va_gunz:
They dont neccesarily have to be "USGI" i just figured that was what you would call standard mags. I just want regular mags to feed ball ammo through my gi colt.



Mec-gar or Metalform would be my choices then.


Gun show/discount catalog "G.I" magazines tend to be crap.
53vortec  [Team Member]
9/22/2008 2:18:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By va_gunz:

Originally Posted By 53vortec:
There were post-war contracts for 1911 magazines.

There is a lot of question about where the ones we've seen the last few years came from - generally sold as USGI surplus still in the paper - but the one thing that everyone is pretty sure about is that they're junk.

New Colt factory 7 rounders use a different feed lip design than USGI mags, the so called "hybrid" feed lips that have less taper than the USGI pattern.

Your best bet for a USGI type magazine is CM45-7-B-GI from Checkmate Industries. Floor plate, follower, and feed lips are all USGI pattern correct.



They dont neccesarily have to be "USGI" i just figured that was what you would call standard mags. I just want regular mags to feed ball ammo through my gi colt.


I'd opt for Colt factory 7 rounders then. I get mine from R&R guns, about $20 a pop.
va_gunz  [Team Member]
9/22/2008 5:22:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:

Originally Posted By va_gunz:
They dont neccesarily have to be "USGI" i just figured that was what you would call standard mags. I just want regular mags to feed ball ammo through my gi colt.



Mec-gar or Metalform would be my choices then.


Gun show/discount catalog "G.I" magazines tend to be crap.



I was looking at metalform on brownells. I forget how much they are with dealer discount.
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