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Old January 17th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #1
 
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MEC-GAR mags For Mark III ?????

Anybody have experiences to share concerning the MEC-GAR Mags for the Mark III ???

Good ?

Bad ??

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Old January 17th, 2015, 02:08 PM   #2
 
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I Only used Ruger mags with their 22s, however Meg-Gar with center fire has been outstanding
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I bought a couple because I have always heard they are the best aftermarket magazine maker. The only visual difference I see is the follower button is smaller than the factory Ruger Mark III magazine. But, I have not tried them yet. Maybe the rains will stop and I can get outside and give them a try.
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Thanks Bruzer, I ordered one on Ebay. Going to give it a try at next months steel challenge. When I read " Maybe the rains will stop" I thought Hmmm Probably in Oregon.
Come on up to Canyonville sometime ..give our Steel challenge a try..

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I would be very surprised if you had any problems with any Mec Gar mag. They are my go to mags in my MKIIs, 1911 and CZ. Excellent mags.
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This morning I got all my gear together and headed out to try the Mec-Gar magazines. Still pretty wet around the shooting area but no rain. Got my steel target set up and a guy came up the road. He asked if I could move my truck so they could get through the gate. No worries, got my truck moved and back to try out those Mec-Gar magazines. Set out all my gear and grabbed up those Mec-Gar magazines and "What's this?" I grabbed up the buckmark mags! Oh well at least I could pop off a few rounds one by one. Loaded one round, aim, safety off, pull the trigger, and "Nothing". No click, no bang. Move the safety on and off and then bingo! Without a magazine there will be no bang on a Ruger Mark III with the magazine disconnect. All that effort this morning and I can tell you the magazine disconnect works. Don't know about those Mec-Gar magazines but I will keep you posted. I am chuckling as I type. Thank you Jesus for keeping me safe this morning.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 08:48 AM   #7
 
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I use only Mec Gar in every weapon I own and NEVER have a problem.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 09:35 AM   #8
 
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I got 2 of them when I first got my pistol. I followed SGWGunsmiths "tuneup" instructions on rimfire forum never one minutes trouble, no misfeeds. they were inexpensive at the time too. now they are closer in price to factory (BTW they are an oem for ruger).
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I made it back out today and here are my results. Of the two Mec-Gar magazines I tried neither one would fully seat with the bolt closed. In fact I bent one side of the feed lips trying to get it to seat. The bolt HAD TO BE OPEN in order for the magazine to fully seat. Once I figured that out the one magazine that was not bent worked without any problems. Got home inspected the Mec-Gar along side the factory Ruger magazines. The Mec-Gar feed lips were slightly closer together than factory. Just enough to prevent them from fully seating on a closed bolt. A little plier work and they are now seating properly. Picture shows the area that needed a little adjustment along side a factory mag. I was able to manually cycle rounds but a field test will have to wait until daylight.
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I ordinarily don't recommend aftermarket mags for any. 22, pistol or rifle, because they usually wind up being aggravating pieces of junk. HOWEVER, Mec-Gar mags that I have used in my Colt Model O's have been outstanding. I will probably purchase a couple for the Mark Series pistols I have. They are very well made. Wish I could find a few for my 1941Woodsman. Original mags are EXPENSIVE, and aftermarket mags just plain SUCK. Good luck with your purchase.
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Made it out for the field test. The Mec-Gar magazine that I bent the feed lips on had two failures to load the first round. No problems from the Mec-Gar magazine that only needed a very slight opening of the feed lips. No other problems so they will continue to get a workout.
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Differences are noticible

I just got two MecGar magazines for my Ruger 22/45 MK III. Although the only differences I noticed at first in appearance were the different buttons and a slightly different foot. When I inserted one of them I noticed that the magazine went in more firmly than the Ruger magazines. Then I discovered that the bolt release no longer functioned. I had to eject the magazine to close the bolt. That seemed wrong to me.

So I took a closer look. The magazine button protrudes further than the Ruger button. So, I thought, if necessary I can get replacement buttons. But then I noticed that the MecGar magazine is actually longer (taller) than the Ruger magazine. They do not really line up exactly so that openings, stops and the lips of the magazine are off-set by as much as 3/64".

Also the spring is different and and the follower in the MecGar is plastic rather than metal.

I wonder if there is quite a bit of variation in these magazines since no one has previously mentioned these differences.

I haven't yet tried to shoot any ammunition with these magazines.
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I rely on mec gar mags for several handguns I have used as a home defense gun enough said.
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MecGar is the only aftermarket mags Ive used in any of my auto's. . They run just like factory. The only difference I can see is the stamp. I think they must be pretty darn tight on tolerances.

Dont know if its true, but, Ive heard/ read that MecGar actually makes alot of manufacturers mags.
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Quick follow up to Ruger vs. MecGar Magazine dimensions.

Dimension Ruger------------MecGar
Width
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