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Old 11-11-2009, 23:29   #1
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Magazine Woes

I carried my hi-power today for the first time in a while. I dropped a spare mag in my coat pocket. It was a nickel-plated South African 17 rounder with 15 nickel-plated Golden Sabers in it. I got a little snow in my pocket, and later, when I pushed down on the top round, the ammo did not pop back up.

It looks like there may be a little galling going on. Is there a problem with nickel-on-nickel? Is it unrealistic to expect a mag to work after it has been stowed in a coat pocket instead of a mag pouch? I have blued factory 13 round mec-gars which seem to be more forgiving of real-world conditions.

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Old 11-13-2009, 17:13   #2
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Use "Browning" or Mec-Gar mags, save everything else for range time or clearance drills.
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Old 11-16-2009, 15:29   #3
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I agree with El_Ron1.

I don't understand why so many guys will spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a gun and then carry it with cheap mags, cheap ammo, a cheap holster, or any combination thereof.
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Old 11-17-2009, 13:07   #4
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My primary mags are Browning mags. I bought the S.African mags because they came highly recommended by many on Steven Camp's forum. I don't think they were any cheaper than OEM mags.

That said, these mags are going from reloads to range use.

My P_35 is mostly a house gun. The one that goes outside the wire daily is a modded P-64 with a 22/45 in the glove box.

The Hi-power is just too big and heavy for every day, and too nice to leave in the car.
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Old 12-30-2009, 16:05   #5
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I priced some new 13 round mags from Hi Power today and they said they would cost $69.00!!!!! Is that normal? I just bought my Hi Power and had no idea that mags would cost that much. Is there any other place I can go to get good Hi Power or equivilant mags at a reasonalbe price? Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2009, 21:28   #6
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I priced some new 13 round mags from Hi Power today and they said they would cost $69.00!!!!! Is that normal? I just bought my Hi Power and had no idea that mags would cost that much. Is there any other place I can go to get good Hi Power or equivilant mags at a reasonalbe price? Thanks.
Brownells.com, by MecGar (they actually make the "browning" mags) less than half the price
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Old 12-30-2009, 21:54   #7
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CDNN and Cope's Distributing also usually carry Mec-Gar HP mags for much less.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:54   #8
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brownells.com, by mecgar (they actually make the "browning" mags) less than half the price
thank you. Have a great and happy new year.
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Old 01-02-2010, 22:10   #9
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As mentioned already, the MSRP on the mags in Browning-marked packaging has gotten pretty carried away. The 13 rd. 9mm seem to be at least $60 now and the 10 round .40 S&W version is maybe $5 less. I switched over to the MecGar "generics" as well.

Btw my experience with the KRD mags has been spotty. My nickel-finish 17 rounders have been 100% reliable. Good strong springs, they go in and out of the gun without difficulty, and are smooth to fill to capacity.

My older blued/black ones share very little of these positive attributes.

Don't think I'd bother with more KRD's, only reason I have the nickel ones is that they came with a recently purchased used BHP.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:51   #10
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+1 on the Mec-Gar mags. I have a dozen of 'em, and they're all I use in my HPs.

Work of caution, though....the corners of the baseplates on those suckers are SHARP!
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Old 01-09-2010, 20:50   #11
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I had problems with nickel-plated Mec Gar mags on my 1911. They cracked on the rear of the feed lips. Never had issues with blued Mec Gar mags. The mags on my former MK III were a mixture of the factory Browning mags, FEG mags (which were well-made), and blued Mec Gars.
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Old 01-14-2010, 17:33   #12
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I find that the nickel KRD works well enough with brass cased ammo, but the Golden Sabers and Hydrashoks had their nickel etched by the KRD mag, like they had been roughed up with 400 grit sandpaper, resulting in no-feed. The same roughed-up nickel ammo slides fine in my blued Mec-gars. Live and learn.
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