Gear, Parts and Accessories

Mec-Gar: New-Breed Magazines

CZ 75 pistol with two original magazines and two Mec-Gar magazines

Pistol magazines are amazing for their reliability. The feed devices feed from six to 19 cartridges into the handgun’s chamber. It is asking a lot for a magazine to feed these cartridges from practically over spring pressure to almost no spring pressure. These days, if I have a problem testing a new introduction, the magazines are most often at fault. They are either too difficult to load or they have insufficient tension to properly feed. And the magazines that give trouble are not from Mec-Gar. Mec-Gar magazines offer good fit, function, and utility and are affordable as well.

Mec-Gar is the largest manufacturer of OEM magazines in the world. SIG, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Taurus, Walther, Remington, Rock Island, and others use Mec-Gar magazines. I often use Mec-Gar magazines, and if you use modern handguns almost certainly you do as well.

I also use Mec-Gar magazines as replacements for many 1911 handguns and the CZ 75. It is worthy of note that magazines do not last as long as the handgun. Magazines have a finite life. They must be replaced from time to time.

An advantage of a new type of Mec-Gar magazine is a special coating. As cartridges are loaded into the magazine and roll against each other and also contact the side of the magazine, they create friction. Mec-Gar has developed an anti-friction coating.

Magazines with the AFC product number suffix have this special coating. This coating makes loading and unloading the magazine easier. By comparing the original magazine with a magazine with the AFC coating, it is obvious that the coating works.

Mec-Gar engineers have also developed new magazines that increase the capacity of the magazine in contrast to originals. I was able to test several 1911 Government Model .45-caliber magazines. The magazines were both 10- and 11-round capacity. I also was able to test the flush-fit 17-round CZ 75B 9mm magazine. The CZ 75 17-round magazines are flush fit and feature the AFC coating.

The first magazine tested, number MGCG4510B, is a 10-round magazine, tested along with the MGCG4511B 11-round magazine for the 1911 .45 auto. I used these in three different handguns—a Dan Wesson Heritage, a SIG Sauer 1911 Fastback, and a Colt Government Model Series 70.

I used three types of ammunition—the Winchester 230-grain FMJ, Winchester 185-grain Silvertip, and SIG Sauer Elite 200-grain V Crown. This gave the author a good mix of ammunition. While the 10- and 11-round magazines extend beyond the grip frame, they are not difficult to carry in a spare magazine carrier. This offers a considerable advantage compared with standard seven- and eight-round magazines.

In firing several magazines of ammunition, there were no failures to feed, chamber, fire, or eject. Loading and unloading aren’t difficult. While Mec-Gar offers excellent-quality flush-fit seven- and eight-round 1911 magazines, these extended magazines are reliable and affordable. They represent an advantage in many ways, from rangework to serious use.

Next, I tested two offerings for the CZ 75B. The MGCZ7517AFC is a 17-round flush-fit magazine with the AFC option, and the other, the MGCZ7519AFC, is an extended 19-round magazine. I used a vintage 9mm handgun in this test. This is an old-school handgun. It needs to be lubricated often, is blue steel and walnut, and a very cool handgun. It is also accurate and reliable.

I loaded the magazines with an eclectic selection of ammunition—the SIG Sauer Elite 124-grain V-Crown, SIG Sauer Elite 147-grain Match, and the Browning 147-grain JHP. I used this opportunity to familiarize myself with the AT 84 again. It has been riding in the safe for too long. The magazines were easy to load and easy to unload when necessary. Feed reliability was excellent.

Magazines are the heart of the handgun’s reliability. These magazines are first class and service grade in every regard. With the new coating and flush-fit CZ magazine, as well as the extended CZ magazine, Mec-Gar remains on the cutting edge in magazine technology.

Have you used Mec-Gar magazines? How did the Mec-Gar magazines compare with your factory magazines? Share your answers in the comment section.

About the Author:

Wilburn Roberts

When Wilburn Roberts was a young peace officer, he adopted his present pen name at the suggestion of his chief, as some of the brass was leery of what he might write. This was also adopted out of respect for families of both victims and criminals. The pen name is the same and the man remains an outspoken proponent of using enough gun for the job.

He has been on the hit list of a well-known hate group, traveled in a dozen countries and written on many subjects, including investigating hate crimes and adopting the patrol carbine. He graduated second in his class with a degree in Police Science. It took him 20 years to work himself from Lieutenant to Sergeant and he calls it as he sees it.
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Comments (4)

  1. I purchased three Mec-Gar 10 round mags for my Beretta 96FS. (Kalifornia requirement is 10 rds. max) I recently tried to load them and none will take a fifth round after loading the first four. There are small slots on either side at the front of the mag a little less than halfway down and pressed dimples about two thirds of the way down on both sides. Don’t know the reason for either, There is also a small “nub” on the front side of the follower that I thought might be hanging up in one of the slots. With four rounds loaded, I can use a dowel and push the load down just enough to see that the “nub” does slide past the slot. I’ve taken the mags apart, but don’t see anything obvious that may be causing the problem. The two mags that came with the pistol also have the “nub” on the follower and slots cut in the same location. The dimples are longer and down at the bottom of the mags. These two load and feed fine.
    I’ve left two voice mails and an email with Mec-Gar, but no response yet. Any thoughts?

  2. I have a Springfield Range Officer Operator in 9mm. The magazines supplied by Springfield have only a 9 round capacity. I purchased two of Mec-Gar magazines for this handgun. One advantage is that they hold 10 rounds rather than 9. Because the 10 round magazine holds 1 more round than the Springfield magazines it sticks out of the magazine well a little further but not enough to really make a difference. When I first tried to insert and eject the magazine from the gun they were tight to insert and wouldn’t easily drop out when the magazine release button was pressed. I was a little disappointed. After careful examination of the magazine I discovered that the weld in the back of the magazine seemed to be a little heavy and noticeable. I got out my Dremel with a grinding stone and lightly ground down the weld. After smoothing out the weld and lightly polishing the weld the magazines slid into the mag well and dropped out with no problem. One thing to note is that the magazines were empty and had no weight in them. Since this minor fix these magazines both worked flawlessly with no failures to feed and always locked back the slide after the last round was fired. I also liked the fact that they were easy to disassemble for cleaning. I was so pleased with these magazines I purchased two more and believe it or not the second pair had no problems inserting or ejecting from the mag well. I’m completely sold on these magazines.

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