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Posted: 9/14/2004 6:02:33 AM EST
Now that the feeding frenzy has started I'm wondering what to stay away from and what to snatch up.

I'm looking for S&W 59 series steel mags and so far I've only seen Eagle and Promag as names but have no clue who they are and if they're any good. The only mags I have for this thing came direct from S&W and I'm not sure if they make them for themselves or contract out. I think they're stainless.

Anyway who can I trust and where's a good place to get them. I tried gunbroker which is where I found a bunch of promags for sale. Or might this be something I just have to wait to see if S&W gets on the wagon and starts making them in bulk again?
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 6:59:16 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 7:21:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2004 7:22:48 AM EST by Avalon01]
Factory mags: BEST!

Mec-Gar is a good aftermarket maker - they are an OEM for many companies.
Metalform - Wilson combat - McCormick - are good 1911 magazine makers
Pro-Mag seems OK.

Everyone else is CRAP!!

Av.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 10:26:06 AM EST
A little something to remember about MegCar mags...

It is true they they are fully capable of making excellent magazines, and do so on a regular basis, but there may...or may not be...a difference between the mags they produce for retail sale and those thjey make to say, Sig or Beretta factory specs. These tend to be made on contract and they will, of course, build the factory whatever it wants. I have seen the specs for Beretta's mags built by them, and they are very, very strict about such things as double heat treatment, etc. In addition, if they find a single bad one in a lot, they reject them all...or at least they used to. Considering the fact that they cost only a bit less than factory mags, I would not take the chance if buying them for serious use.

Having said that, I will also admit that I have several of their Sig 220 mags that have worked flawlessly for years, while I had two factory-provided mags that separated at the rear seams!
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 11:06:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2004 11:07:31 AM EST by _DR]

Originally Posted By Avalon01:
Factory mags: BEST!

Mec-Gar is a good aftermarket maker - they are an OEM for many companies.
Metalform - Wilson combat - McCormick - are good 1911 magazine makers
Pro-Mag seems OK.

Everyone else is CRAP!!

Av.



+1 on the factory mag and mec-gar part. I don't trust Promag tho.

Link Posted: 9/14/2004 11:21:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By _DR:

Originally Posted By Avalon01:
Factory mags: BEST!

Mec-Gar is a good aftermarket maker - they are an OEM for many companies.
Metalform - Wilson combat - McCormick - are good 1911 magazine makers
Pro-Mag seems OK.

Everyone else is CRAP!!

Av.



+1 on the factory mag and mec-gar part. I don't trust Promag tho.




+1

Link Posted: 9/14/2004 11:42:38 AM EST
how could we be this far into the thread without trashing usa mags? consistanly the crappiest product i have encountered in the gun industry.

everytime i sent one back, they sent me an equally non functional replacement, along with a tshirt. didn't need to buy workout shirts for years......
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 4:00:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By druncuncas:
how could we be this far into the thread without trashing usa mags?



I once bought a USA mag for an EAA Witness, and it would not fit into the magazine well!



Link Posted: 9/14/2004 11:14:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 2:03:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By anothergene:
15 round (orange follower) that are S&W factory.



Those are exactly the ones. What's an acceptable price on them?
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 7:52:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By ikor:
A little something to remember about MegCar mags...

It is true they they are fully capable of making excellent magazines, and do so on a regular basis, but there may...or may not be...a difference between the mags they produce for retail sale and those thjey make to say, Sig or Beretta factory specs. These tend to be made on contract and they will, of course, build the factory whatever it wants. I have seen the specs for Beretta's mags built by them, and they are very, very strict about such things as double heat treatment, etc. In addition, if they find a single bad one in a lot, they reject them all...or at least they used to. Considering the fact that they cost only a bit less than factory mags, I would not take the chance if buying them for serious use.

Having said that, I will also admit that I have several of their Sig 220 mags that have worked flawlessly for years, while I had two factory-provided mags that separated at the rear seams!


Most of the autopistol companies contract to Mec-Gar for their mags. Metal-form makes mags for Colt & McCormik(?). So there shouldn't be problem. For Mec-Gar's ads, they claim to the be world largest OEM of factory mags.

I've got some Pro-Mag mags for my Baretta, Sig 229, CZ75, they all work like a champ, no feeding or ejection failures.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:06:11 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:07:19 AM EST
Factory and Mecgar----EVERYTHING else is junk-----including Pro-mag.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 11:14:32 AM EST
i have a sig 220 in .45acp with 2 factory mags (8rd) and 2 promag (10 rd) the factory works great, but the promags only work reliably when they are down loaded to 7!!!!! on that note promag fucking sucks!!!!!!


Remman
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 2:32:51 PM EST
Avoid USA magazines, they are the crappiest of crap available. Good prices though...
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 4:46:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By ken_mays:

Originally Posted By BennyFranklin:

Originally Posted By anothergene:
15 round (orange follower) that are S&W factory.



Those are exactly the ones. What's an acceptable price on them?



I have seen them go for $29 to $39 in the past. Now that the ban is over, adjust accordingly.



That's the problem, I haven't been seeing much 'adjustment' lately. I guess I'll have to wait for the other shoe to drop and see if S&W starts producing again.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:27:23 PM EST
CDNN , has 59 series mags for 18.00.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 8:28:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 8:29:29 AM EST by BennyFranklin]

Originally Posted By ML1911:
CDNN , has 59 series mags for 18.00.



The only one I see on their website is the LE Demo mag for sale @19.99. All their other mags are 'preban' prices for the factory SS 15rnd mags. They have 17rnd Eagle mags for $13 but that scares me for some reason.

ETA: Where did you see that or did you call them?
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