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This is a discussion on 1911 mag follower issue within the Handguns forums, part of the Gun Forum category; Real Colt Mags don't have these Issues but anyway. The Little round bump on these "Contract" Mags is there for a reason. If you remove ...


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Old April 2nd, 2017, 05:10 PM   #16
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Real Colt Mags don't have these Issues but anyway.
The Little round bump on these "Contract" Mags is there for a reason. If you remove it than you can play with the follower until you finally get it to feed. These will than work until they crack around the sharp edge below the rounded edge but it will be quite a few years.

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Old April 2nd, 2017, 05:11 PM   #17
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Here is all I did to it, compare to the top pixs. It worked fine today.
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 05:33 PM   #18
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I don't alter anything until it gives me a problem. In my opinion "troubleshooting a weapon is a result of trouble while shooting the weapon"....stole that line from a old crusty AOCS who lent a hand coaching us Navy Pistol/Rifle Team goofballs during PAC FLEET.....inspect your parts of course, but shoot before you determine the issue......the weapon is part of you.....but you are not part of the weapon when it comes to mechanics...: )

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They are your GI contract mags and you can do as you please with them, I'm not going too loose as sleep over them.... But if they were mine, before I removed or partially removed the bump in the follower. The first thing I would have tried is polishing the underside of the feed lips for less drag on the case when I had it apart, then I would load them up and let them set aside until my next range visit and unloaded them the old fashioned way.

Be that as it may, followers are cheap no harm no foul.....

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Old April 2nd, 2017, 06:05 PM   #20
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 06:13 PM   #21
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Wilson Combat magazines are excellent. Never had a failed to feed or jam with these magazines.

The UpLULA mag loader really helps my old fumbly fingers.

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Old April 2nd, 2017, 06:37 PM   #22
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Apparently its not clear that they were giving me a problem, and that is why I altered one mag looking for improvement in handling which I got. I have no desire to dick around with glitchy mags. Taking off the flat part of the bump made it easier to deal with. If I screwed up all 4 mags I would be out a whopping $40! I looked at a bunch of other mags and all had a nice little round bump, not a catchy half moon bump.

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Old April 2nd, 2017, 07:22 PM   #23
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The dimple or pimple should be round not half round. In this case as the photos show the pimple is half round and the flat impedes progress bigly of the top round. This is not correct. I have owned lots of 1911 mags and never had one like these with half round pimples, that didn't allow for easy push off of the top round with the thumb.
I have seen USGI magazines with rounded dimples and with a sort of half moon dimple (as yours have). The half moon dimple works as intended - it's just a little more difficult to deal with. The feature is there for a reason. These are genuine GI magazines and they are what was supplied to the military in the mid 80's. They are actually "correct" for that timeframe.

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Could be I guess, but I have never encountered any before with the half moon bump. It may be correct but it sucks.

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Tripp research inc. they have good followers and springs, complete mags for that matter not all that cheap but quality items.

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Old April 2nd, 2017, 09:29 PM   #26
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USGI magazines are decent magazines for their intended purpose but they have limitations. They will reliably feed ball ammo and do not require routine replacement of springs. Even with relaxed springs, they work well - thanks to the dimple. If one desires reliable feeding of all types of ammo (including SWC and JHP ammo) USGI magazines aren't a sure bet. If one is annoyed by the dimple on the followers, USGI magazines also aren't a good bet. Better magazines are readily available and the only down side is cost. In a way, you get what you pay for.

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First of all its not a dimple, which is a depression. Pimple is more apt. As to them being annoying, only those found on these particular CMP mags would I have an issue with, as those with the rounded, smooth pimple don't cause any issues, only these half rounders seem to catch the rims. Nice expensive mags are great but not appropriate for this pistol and it actually feeds JHP bullets just fine with the other GI style mags I have and the one factory mag it came with, but mostly I want to run FMJ ball ammo. Gonna get that ol dremel out again tomorrow and buzz those stupid things right off!

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Here is all I did to it, compare to the top pixs. It worked fine today.
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First of all its not a dimple, which is a depression. Pimple is more apt. As to them being annoying, only those found on these particular CMP mags would I have an issue with, as those with the rounded, smooth pimple don't cause any issues, only these half rounders seem to catch the rims. Nice expensive mags are great but not appropriate for this pistol and it actually feeds JHP bullets just fine with the other GI style mags I have and the one factory mag it came with, but mostly I want to run FMJ ball ammo. Gonna get that ol dremel out again tomorrow and buzz those stupid things right off!
I'm curious if you tried to use these mags and they caused issues while chambering, or if it is just the issue they gave you thumbing out/in a round you described?

They are your mags......whose to say you can't dremel them to enhance "feeding" to your liking or take a sledge hammer to them to tune them to a tight trigger bow.....; )

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