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Good Place To Get Magazines?

#1 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:48 pm

I need to get some back up magazines for several milsurp pistols of mine. Where is a good place to find them at a reasonable price. For starters, I need a standard 1911 mag, not to mention one for a Browning 1922 and a Colt 1903, with both of the later in 32ACP. I know of Numrich, but they seem rather high at times. I also deal with Graf and MidwayUSA, but are there others out there?

If I only collected Glocks and other plastic pistols, I'd be set, but then again, I would not be here.

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Re: Good Place To Get Magazines?

#2 Post by dmg4 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:12 am

eBay and gunbroker.com have all of these, but be prepared to pay the price if you want factory mags. They are going for $50 to $60, and they don't hang around long at that price. Numrich is selling them for the going rate. Aftermarket mags are $35 to $45, so they aren't cheap either in price (although their quality and performance might not be so great).
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Re: Good Place To Get Magazines?

#3 Post by 72 usmc » Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:23 pm

Triple K makes reproductions. Some function others are bad news.
https://www.triplek.com/product-category/magazines/

Better original magazines are at gun shows. In WI, there are generally 2 or 3 guys that specialize in just magazines at the larger gun shows. The have mostly original, although some also carry the Triple Ks for shooters that are known to function OK . I would favor a gun show as your best bet and bring the pistol to be sure the mags fits into it. Not all mags for a similar pistol will fit. Originals can go from $35-155 depending on rarity of the mag and its markings. For example at the last show I got an original, spare WW II, Tula star marked magazine for my Russian T33, Tula Tokarev at a price of $50. However, the Yugo mauser ones with the oo-#####$## markings go $30. My 1914 German pocket pistol spare mag cost $80. Luger mags are also expensive. But These type of dealers are specialists and have original stuff, 3-4 tables full at $40 a table, so they got some expenses that they have to recover.

So for a sure fit and to be able to test the spring and see the magazines condition--- a gun show is best. For a trial an error, then eBay. I have found 45 auto mags to differ a wee bit, some are tight, others fit nice. Some mags lock in on a pistol, others seem cut differently and do not always lock in. In addition to an actual fit. You always got to see the top edges and feel the spring tension if you desire a working magazine so you can fire a pistol. These aspects may not be too much of a concern if you collect mags like M1 carbine mags and just want an example of each marking.

On my Molina 45s and my USGI 45 that came back with me, I have found these 1M291work better then the "colt 45" marked ones. These are ok in later 45s not USGI marked. Marked "19200 30745" is also odd, and not best in my Molinas. See lower eBay link. Note: 30745= NOT the same lip as 1M291. Watch want you need. Not all mags are equal? This is an example. I had to try a fit, because 30745 was tight and 1M291 fit perfect in all five of my 45 autos. However, in my friends springfield armory repro. it(30475) works fine, go figure???? Fits ok in his pistol. So you really need to try a fit, then see if it picks up a round and fires without a bottleneck. Magazine are odd creatures, they seem similar, but can be soooooo different. :shhh: :think: :doh:
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/USGI-GI-Colt-1 ... SwuTRcp4ma

Early Nam type are in a silver tin foil marked brown wrapper. These work best in Molinas and old USGI 45s. The other one is later and has a different lip that does not function well in Molinas. Best is" 19200, MFR 1M291" These next 3 photos:
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Re: Good Place To Get Magazines?

#4 Post by m47dragon » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:59 pm

Sarco Inc. has all of the magazines you describe in stock.

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Re: Good Place To Get Magazines?

#5 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:46 pm

SARCO looked better than I thought. As for gun shows, I have to pay just to get in and they mostly do not have any deals, so that's a no go. Admission is up to $10 now and it comes around every month. I also seriously doubt they have anything old as Todd from FF&F is the only milsurp guy around there. I'd rather go see Midway one more time instead.

I'll have to see how many rounds my RIA USGI 1911 mag takes. I do love that thing. My first time out at nine paces were to put the entire clip into the head of a torso target. I proclaimed, "You guys even bother to train for this?" I still like bolt action rifles the best.

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Re: Good Place To Get Magazines?

#6 Post by 72 usmc » Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:12 am

Here is the SARCO link to 30 pages of magazines both used and new. Shipping is by total price, up to $50 is $6, up to $75 is $8.
https://www.sarcoinc.com/magazines-drum ... magazines/
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