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I had a revelation. I tried the much praised Wilson mags in another gun, since they seem to work well in my Baer Premier II (and McCormicks don't), and noted that the Wilsons didn¹t kick the slide stop fully up into the notch on the slide on the other gun. The McCormick Power Mags and my Ed Browns make the stop fully engage in both guns, when the slide locks back on an empty mag (dry practice, not live fire). What the heck? I also noted that the slide stop is just starting to peen the corner of the slide stop notch on my Baer Premier II, because the slide stop is only catching the corner of the notch, not fully engaging. Could it be that the springs in the Wilsons aren¹t strong enough? The McCormick Power Mags seem to work great, so I¹m anxious to see their reliablity with live ammo. I¹m also going to call Wilson, and find out what the the story is. They don¹t make the slide stop fully engage in TWO of my guns... doesn¹t seem like a coincidence. I'm beginning to like the Power Mags for more than just price. Would +10% springs help in the Wilsons? I'm gonna call them. Anyone here have a similar experience, or vote for the McCormicks?

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I have been using the McCormick Power mags since they came out, I have well over a dozen and have yet to have one fail. They work in all my guns and work right. I sure cant say the same for the Wilsons.

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Chip dropped off a dozen of the Power Mags to a local smith just before we had a class. There were 12 of us all running those mags and we must have run 2000 rounds through them that weekend. Those 12 mags are STILL going strong a year later.

Some folks may have problems with the Original Shooting Stars. But the Power Mags seem to be a good step above.



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I've been using Power Mags (both 8-round and 10-round) in local matches with no problems whatsoever. Can't comment on the Wilsons; I've never tried one.

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thanks for the replies. Btw, I just called Wilson and described the problem. The friendly guy on their end said "No problem. We'll send you new springs and followers, and see if that fixes it."
For free, I might add. I was so impressed with that no-questions-asked service that I had to order a few goodies then and there! Even if it doesn't fix it (with my guns), I'll have rebuilt mags I can sell as like-new.

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Thats Ok when a magazine fails in a pistol match, but on the street one failure is one too many... If you find whats works stick with, the only thing you might save is your life.
 

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I've had great results with the Power 8s. They are now my carry and match mags, where as the Wilsons have been relegated to practice sessions. the Wilsons were too maintenance intensive, I was always disassembling and cleaning them. The springs didn't seem to last that long. They did work as long as I kept on top of them. The Power mags I use for matches, I haven't even had to clean.
 

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I retail the custom 1911 as well as the production 1911.

This is from customer comments and not a dig on any gun.

So to totally confuse your question.

I have as many if not more positive comments on the Wilson mags as I do the McCormick Power mags. Note here. There are several grades of McCormick magazines. I only sell the Power Mag and the Match-Grade 7 rounder. This is not on the other grade of McCormick mag.

From my experience I have found the 1911 for some unknown reason can be finicky with a certain brand of magazine for some reason. I am not an expert and do not claim to be.

My last Richard Heinie gun was shipped with McCormick Power Mags. Many of the local police allowed to carry the 1911 or real guns (not the politically correct guns) Put their life on the Wilson mag. So does the FBI SWAT and HRT teams.

I have seen many of the other one man shop totally recommend the Wilson mag and a few other recommend the McCormick Power Mag.

My best result is a "rounded" follower 7 round mag whether Wilson or the McCormick Match Grade.

So I will bet you will have to try both and keep the one that works for you.

I hope this helps.


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If the power mags are better than the original shooting stars, they must be great. I have never had a problem with them or the Wilsons.

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