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Post by jeffcamis Tue Mar 01, 2022 11:56 pm

What magazines are you guys using??  I have some springfield armory mags and the followers are getting stuck. They are not pushing the rounds up. Causing malfunctions.

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Post by chopper Wed Mar 02, 2022 12:21 am

Take em apart and clean them.
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Post by DA/SA Wed Mar 02, 2022 12:27 am

and install new springs.
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Post by weber1b Wed Mar 02, 2022 10:20 am

I swapped out the followers in my springfield mags. Never liked them much.

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Post by Steve in Allentown Wed Mar 02, 2022 11:00 am

jeffcamis wrote:What magazines are you guys using??  I have some springfield armory mags and the followers are getting stuck. They are not pushing the rounds up. Causing malfunctions.
I have used magazines from every major manufacturer since 1981 and my favorites are Checkmate.  I have ~50 of them now and prefer them over Wilson, Tripp, and McCormick.  However, Checkmate's QC is not the best and from time to time I've had problems with specific mags.  Years ago I got fed up and set out to discover what was causing these problems.  Once I figured it out I did a simple tweak to the problem mags and they've been perfect ever since.

Here are a bunch of disjointed posts on my musings concerning Checkmate mags that may help you.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showpost.php?p=12984060&postcount=6
https://forums.1911forum.com/showpost.php?p=12857726&postcount=2
https://forums.1911forum.com/showpost.php?p=12839064&postcount=12
https://forums.1911forum.com/showpost.php?p=12833420
https://forums.1911forum.com/showpost.php?p=12645194&postcount=20
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=982578
https://www.1911forum.com/threads/slide-failure-to-lock-open-on-an-empty-magazine-new-cause.982578/#post-12718406
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Post by chiz1180 Wed Mar 02, 2022 11:08 am

Sounds like they need to be cleaned. I use a combination of Springfield, Wilson, and Metalform mags depending on the gun. I try to keep oil away from the mags as it will accelerate the collection of dirt and dust.
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Post by orpheoet Wed Mar 02, 2022 1:32 pm

Metalform all the way. I run them dry. Never an issue.
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Post by -TT- Wed Mar 02, 2022 2:39 pm

Steve in Allentown wrote:I have used magazines from every major manufacturer since 1981 and my favorites are Checkmate.
My Springfield Armory 1911 came with Checkmate mags a few years ago. I've had good luck with them, but the floorplate is not removable so cleaning is a one-way affair. Also the tapped hole in the floorplate has a very odd diameter, somewhere between 4-40 and 5-40, so it has been tricky to add a bumper.

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Post by zanemoseley Wed Mar 02, 2022 5:24 pm

orpheoet wrote:Metalform all the way. I run them dry. Never an issue.

Until the welded base pops off in the middle of a RF string. Ask me how I know lol. I now only use Wilson mags with removable bottoms, stronger and easier to clean.

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Post by chopper Wed Mar 02, 2022 9:40 pm

zanemoseley wrote:
orpheoet wrote:Metalform all the way. I run them dry. Never an issue.

Until the welded base pops off in the middle of a RF string. Ask me how I know lol. I now only use Wilson mags with removable bottoms, stronger and easier to clean.
 I had the bottom plates dump out at 2 matches, I called Metalform and they sent me their removable bottom mags at no cost. The old ones I tig welded back on and they work perfectly and reliably.
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