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Any more info on the Mec Gar mags? Do they have the loose spacer inside or are they internal ridge type? Having trouble finding info on reliability with them- they seem like a good deal but if it's $20 for something that doesn't work and $30 for something that does, I think the $30 one wins...

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Any more info on the Mec Gar mags? Do they have the loose spacer inside or are they internal ridge type? Having trouble finding info on reliability with them- they seem like a good deal but if it's $20 for something that doesn't work and $30 for something that does, I think the $30 one wins...

Well at this point my gun has less than 100 rounds through it, but the mecgar I have seems fine. It is the internal ridge down the front. I think the problem might be that the basepads are likely too short to seat with a dawson magwell. I will be checking that this weekend.

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Any more info on the Mec Gar mags? Do they have the loose spacer inside or are they internal ridge type? Having trouble finding info on reliability with them- they seem like a good deal but if it's $20 for something that doesn't work and $30 for something that does, I think the $30 one wins...

Well at this point my gun has less than 100 rounds through it, but the mecgar I have seems fine. It is the internal ridge down the front. I think the problem might be that the basepads are likely too short to seat with a dawson magwell. I will be checking that this weekend.

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Does that mean they're like CMC's with a built in feed ramp?

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Any more info on the Mec Gar mags? Do they have the loose spacer inside or are they internal ridge type? Having trouble finding info on reliability with them- they seem like a good deal but if it's $20 for something that doesn't work and $30 for something that does, I think the $30 one wins...

Well at this point my gun has less than 100 rounds through it, but the mecgar I have seems fine. It is the internal ridge down the front. I think the problem might be that the basepads are likely too short to seat with a dawson magwell. I will be checking that this weekend.

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Does that mean they're like CMC's with a built in feed ramp?

I'll check when I get home from class.

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Picture is not the best, but I think it shows a little feed ramp there? It's certainly beveled on top of the ridge.

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Sorry to dig up an old post, but any long-term reliability thoughts on the Mec-Gars? I'd be using them in the same gun so I'm pretty intrugued.

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On 8/19/2017 at 2:29 PM, matteekay said:

Sorry to dig up an old post, but any long-term reliability thoughts on the Mec-Gars? I'd be using them in the same gun so I'm pretty intrugued.

 

Same here. I own one and I'm deciding whether to get more or not. It works just fine but less than 500 rounds through it.

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I've read (but have no way of confirming) that Brownell's branded mags are also Metalforms with a black coating. Their price is pretty good too.
 
https://www.brownells.com/magazines/handgun-magazines/magazines/1911-9mm-magazines-prod84195.aspx?avs|Make_3=1911&avs|Cartridge_1=APP_9%2bmm%2bLuger
 


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A couple of years back I did a side by side comparison of Metalform and Dawson mags.

Other than a greater degree of polishing on the Dawson mags (and markings), they were identical.


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I have been using the metalform 10rd mags in my ria  9mm' s for about 2 years with no problems.

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Well I have a Taylor Arms (RIA) 1911 9mm, bought in December, it came with a mec-gar mag and jammed from the beginning.  Immediately bought CMC and Metalforms and have had no trouble with them in a thousand rounds so far.  

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Well I have a Taylor Arms (RIA) 1911 9mm, bought in December, it came with a mec-gar mag and jammed from the beginning.  Immediately bought CMC and Metalforms and have had no trouble with them in a thousand rounds so far.  


I should’ve mentioned that I have had 2 different pistols that came to me with Mecgar mags. Neither would feed with them, and in the end I bought Metalform as well.


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15 hours ago, superslowmo said:

 


I should’ve mentioned that I have had 2 different pistols that came to me with Mecgar mags. Neither would feed with them, and in the end I bought Metalform as well.


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It seemed to me that the spacer on the Mec-Gar is in front making for a longer transition to the barrel.  Where the CMC and Metalform (same mags and followers) have the spacer in the rear so it minimizes the transition.

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I’ve used my MecGar occasionally without issue, but I also did all Metalforms for my competition mags. The gun has literally never had a hiccup with those (which is saying something for a 1911).


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These are the 4 types I am currently running in the RO Elite Target I just got a few weeks ago

First is a Metalform, second is CMC (with indentation at front of mag- no spacer), third is a WC, and fourth is another style WC that had a poly follower that I swapped out with a spare Metalform follower I had.

They all run 100%.

I have yet to try out the stock 9rd SA mags that came with the pistol (with indent like CMC’s). I’ll most likely just keep them for dry fire/Barney mags.

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