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Here is a basic type of question. I am going to purchase Wilson Magazines for the first time and notice there are seven and eight rounders available. Besides the obvious (one holds one more round than the other)what is the difference? It would seem, that all things being equal, the obvious choice would be the eight rounders. Are there dependability/reliability issues involved?

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Marvin
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I hate to say it... it's not something that one wants to hear, nor is it something one relishes telling someone who's asking an honest question about such a thing, but... it depends on the gun as to whether the 7s or 8s are more reliable.

As to actual physical differences, they are as follows:

7 round follower is convex, 8 round follower is concave.

The two use slightly different springs, both made for Wilson under exclusive contract with Wolff. Wolff does -not- sell them directly, they only supply to Wilson.

The 7 rounders have the 'witness slots', which is the feature that makes Wilson's mags look unique. INstead of holes, they have 2 slots cut in the side for round counting. 8 rounders have the same exact same slots as the 7s, but -also- have a tiny hole witness hole drilled for the eighth round. Other than that, the tubes are identical.

A word of warning: Larry Vickers posted in the custom gunsmithing forum about mags, and he mentioned that Wilson's plastic baseplates are breakage prone. With his experiences, he darn well knows what he's talking about, and my experiences correlate with his. Plastic baseplates blow. When ordering mags, make sure the part number ends in 'C' (example, 47DC is an eight round mag). The C denotes low profile steel baseplates. They also have a thick steel baseplate if you have a mag well on your gun.

Hope this helps!

TRB

[This message has been edited by TRB (edited 02-24-2001).]
 

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I've used both 7 and 8 rd. Wilson mags. without problem in my Colt Combat Commander. I agree with getting the metal baseplate.
 
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