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I have a 1917 U.S. Gov. marked 1911. It came with a one color steel mag. with a lanyard loop which will not feed. I got a Wilson mag. that feeds like a dream, but...

I want to get the correct mag. for this pistol. A collector told me that it doesn't have to be two-tone, but most people say it does. And are there fake two-tones, markings to look for? Is EBAY the best place to look or?

Thanks for any help.
 

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You want a two-tone, without lanyard loop, if you want a mag like those made in 1917. Such mags were made until 1941, so there is not exactly a shortage of them. Finding one at a good price can take some time and self-restraint. I have purchased three two-tone mags on ebay, paying an average of $20 each for them. Gunshow prices are often in the $40-$60 range. The finish on my mags is very grainy, not smooth or polished, and they look like they're old. The demarcation between the blued and bright areas is irregular, not sharp or straight. Being old or slightly beat-up is no guarantee of authenticity, though.
 
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