“Wilson Combat is pleased to announce the acquisition of Chip McCormick Custom/Shooting Star Industries,” WC’s email blasts proclaims, “a leading manufacturer of quality 1911 magazines and related products.” And no wonder! According to CMC’s website, Big Mac is mag-obsessed . . .
It was February 2014 and Chip McCormick was unable to sleep. The wheels of his mind were churning and since he was unable to stop them, he turned his attention to a problem that he had been trying to solve for 20 years.
When the feed lips of a 1911 magazine are stressed they warp. Slam a fully loaded 10-round, .45 ACP magazine into a 1911-style pistol that has the slide locked back the magazine comes to a sudden halt. Inertia throws all of the weight of the ten rounds of .45 ACP ammunition against the thin walled lips of the magazine. Do it repeatedly and the lips deform . . .
On that February night, the idea finally came to Chip, add extra material on the end of the feed lips and form that material inward to construct a dual walled feed rail? system. His rails would replace the 105-year old thin walled feed lips design and make it obsolete.
The Patented Feed Rails? technology is the first durability enhancement to the feeding device of the 1911 pistol. It is the most recent improvement to magazine design to come from Chip in over 30 years.
And now both patent and production belongs to Bill Wilson’s mob! ‘Cause when it comes to t
he profit margin reliability of a semi-automatic pistol, mags are really important. Especially for John Moses Browning’s meisterstuck.
How many mags do you have (per gun) and who made them?