Firstly, I need to comment on CheaperThanDirt’s blog logo, which is outstanding:
…and I like their articles, too. Here’s the latest, on Mec-Gar magazines. This part got my attention:
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.
Allow me to add my endorsement to this. When I re-acquired my Browning HP, I only had one magazine which, as Loyal Readers will recall, I addressed tout de suite. A couple of the new mags are quite difficult to load, while three others load as easily as slipping into a dockyard totty during Fleet Week. When I examined the mags more closely (after reading the above piece), I noticed that — tra-la! — the easy-loading mags have the “AFC” designation. Not only are they easier to load, they all accept the 15th cartridge without causing me a finger-hernia.
I haven’t tried the new Mec-Gar mags in the 1911 because Chip McCormick PowerMags, but I may do so in the future, as Replacement Time comes around. Watch this space.