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Old March 16th, 2020, 09:37 AM   #16
 
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I was taught to press the catch in when inserting a magazine , less wear and tear on both the catch and the magazine. Both last longer , insures the magazine seats properly .
Press the catch in and also taught not to pound the magazine in with the palm of my hand, that just leads to more wear and tear .
But I didn't learn the 1911 from watching U-Tubers on the internet .
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A risk exists with this approach, however.

This approach is easy to use when not in a hurry (although one can argue whether or not any wear saved is measurable). Get used to changing mags like this and then have to change mags when it counts - in the hurry one may end up with the mag not latched in. If the pressure being applied to the mag to push it into place is released before the mag catch is released, the mag will probably not be locked in place. Oops. I have seen it happen even when someone is using this technique at the range.



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So I took a file to the mag release. Slowly shaved it down till the mag fed with a bit of a push. Still could be a bit easier when closed but slides in like butter when open.

Range trip out of 100 rounds I had 2 fails to feed. One chambering and one while shooting. Seems like the first round is a bit tight in the mag. Will leave it loaded for awhile to see if it lightens the spring.

Overall I think its acceptable performance to now.
Did you do a good clean and lube after you got the gun? If not that might help the feeding issue. Some guns are tighter than others on a new and even older 1911's I always run the slide rails almost dripping wet with lube and never have any feed issues. I know sometimes feeding issues are mag related and sometimes the extractor has to be tuned too but a good lube job never hurts until the gun is broken in.
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I have the model 6700 sr1911 and actually prefer the wilson combat mags greatly. Needless to say, no problems slamming them in. You want that mag to work....keep pushing thru a gunsmith or Ruger. Maybe Wilson Combat can help.

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A risk exists with this approach, however.

This approach is easy to use when not in a hurry (although one can argue whether or not any wear saved is measurable). Get used to changing mags like this and then have to change mags when it counts - in the hurry one may end up with the mag not latched in. If the pressure being applied to the mag to push it into place is released before the mag catch is released, the mag will probably not be locked in place. Oops. I have seen it happen even when someone is using this technique at the range.
Life is full of risks but I'm going to look both ways and cross the street anyway.
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I have shot many and owned 4 separate 1911's. A Kimber, a Springfield and 2 Rugers. Never have I had to push the mag release in to insert a magazine. Empty mags should load with pressure from 2 fingers.

I also don't "slam" my mags in. I push them in firmly, but under control. When possible, always lock the slide back before inserting a loaded mag as it will save wear on the magazine spring. When loading a mag with the slide forward (condition 2), remove one round from the mag.
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Yep, and I will do so with my eyes open.
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