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Old June 26th, 2011, 09:31 AM   #1
 
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Question Aftermarket SR1911 Magazines?

Sure Ruger will sell you extra magazines for the SR1911. Since it is a 1911, what are some good quality and reliable aftermarket magazines that will function well with the SR1911? Is the old venerable Wilson Combat 47D magazine a viable option? Are there other compatible aftermarket magazines?

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Old June 26th, 2011, 10:44 AM   #2
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boomer1, Any magazine made for a 1911 will work in a Ruger SR1911, however there are a lot of cheapo 1911 mags that don't work well in any gun. Basically, you get what you pay for so if you buy the cut rate ones, don't expect them to be as good as factory supplied mags.

USGI 7 rounders are excellent however my favorites are 8 round Wilson Combat. I like them because they have removable floor plates for easy cleaning, the bodies are solid, sturdy feed lips, and they are 8 rounds without extending below the grip like the Ruger factory 8 rounders. The worst ones are the Chip McCormick mags with the funky 8 round followers, similar to what Ruger uses in the P-345.
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If you go the USGI route, and they are great, beware of fakes. There are a lot of mags around that look like the GI, but are made over a campfire in Bangladesh from old beer cans.
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Who manufactures the magazines for Ruger that come with the SR1911?
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texagun, The SR1911 magazines have the Ruger logo and "MADE IN USA" stamped on them so I'm assuming Ruger actually makes them .... could be wrong though.
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The more I read about the SR1911, the more I am a wantin' one. Just none for sale around these parts!
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you can use any 1911 mags in any 1911, just must match for full size, also called government size. I think it is so awesome that this design has not changed in 100 years.

Couple of suggestions that I have had great success with in my 7 week old SR1911:
two 8 rnd Kimber from Sportsman for $17.99 - a great deal for their quality
one 8 rnd Chip McCormick from Midway for sale price $14.99 - just thought I'd try it while ordering/shipping other stuff - it has been fine

ETA - just checked Midway - Chip McCormick now on sale for $14.49, better than I did: linky

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I only buy Wilson Magazines. I have a couple of Colts, but all the other mags, particularly the cheap one are long gone. I use to mark poorly functioning magazine and use only when practicing and finally decided to keep only those I could depend on.

The magazines that came with my Ruger SR1911 function very well. Not a bobble.
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USGI 7 rounders are excellent however my favorites are 8 round Wilson Combat. I like them because they have removable floor plates for easy cleaning, the bodies are solid, sturdy feed lips, and they are 8 rounds without extending below the grip like the Ruger factory 8 rounders.
I like my Wilson Combat 8 rnd too, but it extends below the grip just like the Ruger one does. How would they make an 8 rd single stack that didn't?
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.... How would they make an 8 rd single stack that didn't?
spring compresses more - the two Kimber and one Chip McCormick that I wrote about above are all flush and 8 rnd
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Lethalchem, A standard 7 round 1911 magazine has a magazine follower with a long "leg". There's plenty of room inside the magazine for 8 rounds provided the "leg" is shortened. Wilson Combat mags have a hollow polymer follower which is much shorter than a 7 round follower and because it is hollow, it allows enough room for the magazine spring. Most Wilson mags have a bumper pad that does extend below the grip frame but the metal base of the magazine is flush with the grip frame. You can convert any 7 round magazine with a Wilson or Shooting Star (Chip McComick) 8 round follower. I have some converted mags and some Wilson factory 8 rounders and all of them work just fine in all my 1911s to include my Ruger SR1911. Here's a photo of a standard 7 round follower and an 8 round Shooting Star follower. Sorry, I don't have a photo handy for the Wilson 8 round polymer follower but they are the same length as the leg on the 8 round follower in the photo.

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1911 Magazines

I use 8-round Wilson ETM(500) and Chip McCormick (CMC) Power Mag magazines pretty much exclusively.
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spring compresses more - the two Kimber and one Chip McCormick that I wrote about above are all flush and 8 rnd
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Lethalchem, A standard 7 round 1911 magazine has a magazine follower with a long "leg". There's plenty of room inside the magazine for 8 rounds provided the "leg" is shortened. Wilson Combat mags have a hollow polymer follower which is much shorter than a 7 round follower and because it is hollow, it allows enough room for the magazine spring. Most Wilson mags have a bumper pad that does extend below the grip frame but the metal base of the magazine is flush with the grip frame. You can convert any 7 round magazine with a Wilson or Shooting Star (Chip McComick) 8 round follower. I have some converted mags and some Wilson factory 8 rounders and all of them work just fine in all my 1911s to include my Ruger SR1911. Here's a photo of a standard 7 round follower and an 8 round Shooting Star follower. Sorry, I don't have a photo handy for the Wilson 8 round polymer follower but they are the same length as the leg on the 8 round follower in the photo.

Ohhhh...sweet! I didn't know that (obviously). Hmmm...maybe I should look into trying to convert my 7 rounders instead of paying $30 for new mags then. Thanks guys.
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Ohhhh...sweet! I didn't know that (obviously). Hmmm...maybe I should look into trying to convert my 7 rounders instead of paying $30 for new mags then. Thanks guys.
You can buy Wilson follower and spring kits to convert your seven rounders to eight. That is what I did for my P345 to convert from 8 round that didn't work to 8 round that did work. (Midway has them).
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Actually, I just looked at my 8 rd wilson mag, and the metal still sticks out past the gun frame. Guess I bought something old, or whatever.

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