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When I picked up my Super Carry Custom HD, knowing that it came with only one magazine, I also picked up a couple of extra Kim Pro Tac Mags. Later in the day, I picked up a Wilson Combat mag. My experience at the range has convinced me that the Wilson Combat mags are superior. Has anyone seen this comparison produce the opposite result? Are there higher quality Kimber mags I know nothing about? Is there a manufacturer that has better mags than either Kimber or Wilson Combat?
 

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From my searching this and the 1911 forums, I have found there are a lot of different opinions on this subject. Every time I read a post that recommends a particular brand the opposite view is expressed and another brand is recommended. Wilson enjoys a good reputation among the seasoned shooters it appears. However there are those who also prefer other brands. Look into several forums and you will see what I mean. My only direct experience is with the Kimber stock and the Kimpro Tacmag. Good Luck
 

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My original Kimber mag is still in the case stored in the closet. All I use are WC (Wilson Combat) 47D's in my Pro CDPII. Just personal preference. YMMV
 

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My original Kimber mag is still in the case stored in the closet. All I use are WC (Wilson Combat) 47D's in my Pro CDPII. Just personal preference. YMMV
The WC mag I picked up is a 47D. I have since ordered three more online. I will continue to use the Kimber mags I have, but will likely stick with WC for replacements as needed.
 

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I too have just purchased the Wilson combat mags. I have researched around and found that enough people have responded with the mags to be superior over the stock mags provided. When I receive them and put them to use I will be sure to put my opinion out there for others..
 

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I've seen this discussion on every 1911 forum I've ever been on. I have 5 Kim Pro Tac Mags and 4 Wilsons, all 9 work the way they were designed to work. None of them have ever given me any problems so you tell me other then being able to find the Kimber mags for $10.00 less then the Wilsons how does one decide which brand is the best if they work the same.

This reminds me of the old Ford vs Chevy argument that has been going on forever.
 
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Wilson Combat Mags

I have compared the Kimber mags to some "other" aftermarket mags and then tried the Wilson....My opinion is the Wilson's are a higher quality. The follower and spring are very smooth and consistant.
 

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I have the Custom HD. I also acquired 5 new Wilson Combat 500B's. It's been my experience that the Kim Pro's are shit which I sold on Gunbroker after my first trip to the range. The Wilson's are the best in my book, Even better than the Chip McCormick's.

I noticed in another thread you say you have the Super Carry Pro HD and in this thread you have the Super Carry Custom HD. The main difference between the two "besides barrel length" is the Pro has a carbon steel bull barrel bushingless and the Custom has a SS barrel with bushing. Which one is it? If you have the Custom the 500B will look the best.
 

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Your right...I have had no major problems with the Kimber mags however, the Wilson which are manufactured over around the northwest corner of Arkansas (not in Berryville) do seem to "function" with a little more smoothness.
 

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Your right...I have had no major problems with the Kimber mags however, the Wilson which are manufactured over around the northwest corner of Arkansas (not in Berryville) do seem to "function" with a little more smoothness.
I don't understand "seem to function with a little more smoothness"? Are you saying you can tell the difference in the way your gun preforms with the two different magazines even though they are both working properly?
 

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I have compared the Kimber mags to some "other" aftermarket mags and then tried the Wilson....My opinion is the Wilson's are a higher quality. The follower and spring are very smooth and consistant.
This is what I find. Kimpro and Kimber mags have never failed in my Raptor. That said, the Wilson magazines are so smooth. Easy to load. Very high quality. Never ever buy magazines according to price. For quality of build Tripp Cobra and Wilson are easily 1 and 2 period.
 

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I have over 4K rounds with 6 Kimber factory mags and have never had one single problem with them.
Nothing against other mfg mags and to each their own but I will go with the old saying of...
"If it ain't broke,don't fix it"...
This^^^^^^^word for word
 

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After installing a mag well on my Stainless Pro Carry II, I wanted a magazine with a base plate that would sit flush or extend slightly below the bottom of the mag well. I liked the flared, angular shape of the base plate on the Wilson Combat Elite Tactical Magazine (ETM) and the fact that it held eight rounds instead of the seven that my Kimber stock mag held.

I have had only one FTF in 2000 rounds with my Pro Carry II and there are at least four possible causes such as magazine performance, failure to hold the gun solidly as it cycled, a worn recoil spring and even inadequate lubrication. I could name more possible causes such as ammo performance. In other words, it is very difficult for me to say that the ETM mags perform better than the Kimber mags, but the quality look of the construction, the style of the follower and the extra round were enough for me to standardize on the WC ETM.

I have not, however, had a problem, a malfunction or a complaint about my Kimber mags and I can not tell any difference in smoothness in inserting, removing or shooting compared with the Wilson's.
 

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This is a close up of how the WC ETM mag fits in the mag well. It extends below by about 1/8th inch and also gives the bottom a nice clean look.
 

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I run the one factory mag that came with my Custom TLE II and 13 factory Springfield Armory mags interchangeably in my Kimber and SA Loaded 1911s. No issues in either pistol. Like the man said, "If it ain't broke,...".
 

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My only FTF (3 or 4 total out of ~700 rounds) have been with one WC 47D mag. All happened within the first 300 rounds as I recall.

I run 2 47D's and the stock Kimber.

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My 2 Cents Worth!!

I've never had a problem with Kimber mags. I used the seven rounder that came with my old Custom Stainless II and I use the one that came with my Pro Carry II. Never had a hitch with either one. I have three Chip McCormick's that have served me well over the years. They are still pluggin' along!! Some day, I may give Wilson Combat mags a shot, but as has been stated before: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!!;););)
 
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