So I finally picked one up. I've always wanted a 1911 but never did because of funds and wasn't sure what to get. Today I picked up a brand new Dan Wesson Specialist, mostly because of peoples reviews here. Couldn't be happier. Feels like it was made for my hand.
I want to get a couple more magazines for it but being new to them I could use some schooling from the group. Where would be a good place to go for mags for it? Do I need to buy factory DW mags or is there a high quality aftermarket you'd recommend? Also, are there specific mags I need to get for it or is there a standard where a certain style will fit multiple brands?
I feel stupid for having to ask this but I just don't have any experience with a 1911.
Congrats on an outstanding 1911. DW is the bomb.
Obviously, you'll need magazines for whatever caliber you have. There are really good after market magazines out there. Just a few are:
Wilson mags are also very good
Checkmate make a great magazine.
Enjoy the 1911.
I like the Chip McCormick mags, or Wilson mags.
It's a 45. Looking at the Chip McCormick website, I take it that any one that says its for a full size 1911 would fit? Are they all standard among different brands?
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Checkmate makes the Dan Wesson magazines. :thumbsup:
I also have Wilson and McCormick magazines on hand for my 1911s which include four Dan Wessons.
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All the suggestions given above are great. One of the nice things about owning a 1911 in .45 ACP is the abundance of reasonably priced, great magazines available.
Thanks guys for your help! I can't wait to take it for a spin.
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I prefer Wilson Combat ETM magazines for carry, and Wilson 47Ds for range use.
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I love the Tripp Cobra mags. They are flawless for me. The Wilson 47D is a great option too, but they haven’t been perfect like the Tripps.
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Congratulations on your new DW 1911!
As you can see, magazine options abound. If you can, try 1 or 2 of each to find the one(s) that you / your 1911 “like” the best.
I’ll toss-in my personal choice: the Wilson Combat 47. Note, this is the full-size (Government / Commander size) .45 ACP magazine of Wilson’s with a 7-round capacity vs. the 8-round 47D. Just personal preference. I like to get mine direct from Wilson when possible, and I prefer the low-profile steel basepad with them.
This might apply to any new 1911 (or other mag), but it’s been a good tip for me I’ve followed after receiving new Wilson 47s: load them up and let them sit a little before their first range trip. A few days, a week or two, etc. It seems to help the springs a bit.
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You will love your DW 1911!
I have a lot of different 1911 mags. I think in your shoes I would go for some McCormicks. They are great but not expensive with special features that you don’t really need as you work your first 1911.
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Almost any brand will fit and function for range use. Just stay away from Pro-Mag. Wilson 47D's, as mentioned, are probably the best on the market.
I use ONLY Mec-Gar mags from Greg Cote in all my 1911s, Sigs and CZ's.
Never a problem in any of my guns when using Mec-Gar mags.
Congrats. Enjoy your DW. My opinion will seem out of place, but I've had problems with my Chip McCormick mags. Small sample size. I use WC and Tripp Research.
I use Wilson Mags almost exclusively. Something you will not probably hear is that the Ed Brown mags I bought were crap. Now I sent them back to Ed Brown and they checked them and replaced them but to many good mags to take a chance with them. McCormick's are good just be careful with the 10 rounders some will not seat properly.
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