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I have been driving myself mad trying to figure out what style magwell to get. I am thinking a Wilson Combat one piece that just hooks to the grip screws just to try out. That way I am not out $70-80 with a magwell w/mainspring housing.



My primary use will be for range practice. Trying to get good enough so I can compete in matches, maybe outshoot our very own Jester one of these days....lmao




Anyway, I wont be CC with the magwell, mainly just for practice.





If anyone has any opinions feel free to reply! Also if anyone has a used magwell for sale let me know. i am just skeptical about buying a S&A etc, just inc ase I dont really like the added grip???



Thanks brothers & Sisters :wink:
 

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Something to consider is the amount of time a reload takes- I would urge you to get a quality magwell and use it in competition as well. If you don't want to use one in competition then I wouldn't suggest practicing with one installed. I am planning on getting one from SVI. They are pricey, but they are probably the single best for speed reloads!



 

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Very nice looking I might ad. Would a WC for $70-80 not work as far as quality? I like the SVI but damn you said it best here, quite pricey!!



Thanks for the reply



Rocket35 said:
Something to consider is the amount of time a reload takes- I would urge you to get a quality magwell and use it in competition as well. If you don't want to use one in competition then I wouldn't suggest practicing with one installed. I am planning on getting one from SVI. They are pricey, but they are probably the single best for speed reloads!



 

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I think you would be happier with a "one piece" such as a Smith and Alexander. The one that Wilson is selling seems to be an "after thought" kinda part. JMHO.
 

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Yeah the S&A's I think would work. Like I said just want to give them a shot. Heard they make a world of difference while comp. shooting, range practice etc! :wink:



Thanks again.





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I think you would be happier with a "one piece" such as a Smith and Alexander. The one that Wilson is selling seems to be an "after thought" kinda part. JMHO.
 

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Hey pard. I have actualy been looking at the DP's for soem time. They seem to stand behind there product and also offer the replacement insert in case you get a little rowdy with it....lmao This is the right price range for me, $150 is just too high for me to decide I dont like it.



What is your opinion on the magwells, I know they make for quick re loads of the mag, but what other features do they offer other than that? Also they ad a litle more flare to the weapon of choice :wink:




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Dawson Precision makes the best magwell, bar none in my opinion. Might want to at least look there. www.dawsonprecision.com
 

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Dawson Precision makes the best magwell, bar none in my opinion. Might want to at least look there. www.dawsonprecision.com


Dawson makes great magwells, no doubt about it. But they don't make them for a 1911. The models that they sell there for the 1911 are Smith and Alexanders. They only make magwells for 2011s, Glocks, and Paras.
 

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I did notice they have alot of magwells for the Para's/double stacks. Ah hell, I will just keep searching
Posted an ad on Arf.com and AZShooting we will see what kind of bites I get from there.



Thanks for all the info fellas 8)



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[quote name='coltman1985']Dawson Precision makes the best magwell, bar none in my opinion. Might want to at least look there. www.dawsonprecision.com


Dawson makes great magwells, no doubt about it. But they don't make them for a 1911. The models that they sell there for the 1911 are Smith and Alexanders. They only make magwells for 2011s, Glocks, and Paras.[/quote]
 

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I had a briley weld on magwell. Little pricey, but adds nothing to the frame in length, and I feel it balances the pistol out well.



its 150+shipping installed by briley



Its welded, but its really nice. S&A is the way to go if you dont want a weld on.
 

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That was one of my main concerns was added lenght to the frame.



You wouldnt happen to have a link to his site would ya? I just tried to pull something up but cant seem to get anything. I would like to talk it over with him to see what his opinion is as well.



Thanks Jetser





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I had a briley weld on magwell. Little pricey, but adds nothing to the frame in length, and I feel it balances the pistol out well.



its 150+shipping installed by briley



Its welded, but its really nice. S&A is the way to go if you dont want a weld on.
 

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I think I have decided to go with the S&A magwell for starters. Give it a few range sessions. If I like it then I might just look into the Biley or Heinie. 8)



Thanks to all that have replied and helped in my decision!




Rocket35 said:
Well if you are interested in going that route, here is a link to Heinie. They do something quite similar to that....



http://www.heinie.com/parts.php



 

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Ah, something I know about.

Those fit over the screws magwells like the wilsons give you a better reload, but theyll mess up the finish of the gun, as well as screams "cheap looking"



Smith and alexander magwells are nice; they can be blended very well, and they open up a bit more that how they come from S&A.



The SV's are pricey, and a pain to take one and off, if you decide to go covert and then back to comp ready. They arent very concealable either. I ran one on my s.s. gun last year and they are nice.



The new kid on the block is the techwell, from techwear usa. Its freaking huge and mounts via cut outs on the inside of the grips. Pretty cool, but ugly. comp only stuff.



Heinies are slick and require cutting the frame and silver soldering it on. Custom 1911 stuff that would set you back a good $300 or so to get it put on.



Ive been deciding on whether to build a ss in .40 on a caspian recon frame, that already has an integral magwell.





I'd opt for the S&A myself; its a good mix of concealability and practicality.
 

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Olyeller 1 correction on your post (good info by the way) the Heinie mag-wells are not silver solderd on they are secured by two screws on each side of the frame you can see them on the posted picture on either side of the grip bushing. Other than that I agree with you completly. I have 2 1911's with the Heinie mag wells and two with Smith and Alexander's, the S&A's are cheaper and work as well as the Heinie's, though the Heinie mag well looks really cool 8) . I also like the open front on the S&A as it allows you to more easily strip a mag if it should stick.

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true, you can just machine the slide and use the screws.

Ive seen it on one silver soldered (or maybe tig welded), and it looks like the slide was made that way.
 

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I have one S&A and one Heinie. The S&A really doesn't add anymore length than most basepads.



 

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nice pistols!

If I cant find one of those discontinued Brown magwells, Im definitely fitting a heinie.
 
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