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Old 04-05-2017, 11:41 AM   #16
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What if you're stuck with the Checkmate magazines? I can't get any of the 4 Sig ones that I have, which are brand new, to run correctly. The follower jams and the rounds become loose in the mag.
One option you have if you can't find Italian Sigs. You can swap the base plates and locking inserts from 17 rd. Mec-Gars with your 15rd. Checkmates to create 15rd Mec-Gars. I did. Mec-Gar uses the same springs and followers for their 17rd mags they sell.
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One option you have if you can't find Italian Sigs. You can swap the base plates and locking inserts from 17 rd. Mec-Gars with your 15rd. Checkmates to create 15rd Mec-Gars. I did. Mec-Gar uses the same springs and followers for their 17rd mags they sell.
Can't buy 17 round magazines. Live in a state with a 15 round limit.
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Can't buy 17 round magazines. Live in a state with a 15 round limit.
That sucks! Top gun is good about checking the mags for you beforehand if you call to order. It depends on what sig sends them. They will look for the "made in Italy " if you ask.
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That sucks! Top gun is good about checking the mags for you beforehand if you call to order. It depends on what sig sends them. They will look for the "made in Italy " if you ask.
I was under the impression that Sig switched suppliers to Checkmate a while ago. Is that not the case?
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I think they still get some from Mec-Gar. I was in the area about six months ago so I stopped in Top gun and they had three 229-1s left and they were Sig / mec-Gar so I bought them. The guy told me they get what Sig sends them and to call for verification before ordering.
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I think they still get some from Mec-Gar. I was in the area about six months ago so I stopped in Top gun and they had three 229-1s left and they were Sig / mec-Gar so I bought them. The guy told me they get what Sig sends them and to call for verification before ordering.
Just got an email back from TGS. Their current P229-1 15 round mags are marked made in Italy.
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Just got an email back from TGS. Their current P229-1 15 round mags are marked made in Italy.
Then they are Mec-Gar...

By the same token, you should be able to get replacement springs for your magazines, from Mec-Gar, as the same spring works both 15 or 17 round magazines, the "extended baseplate" is where the 2 extra round capacity comes from... not the spring...
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Then they are Mec-Gar...

By the same token, you should be able to get replacement springs for your magazines, from Mec-Gar, as the same spring works both 15 or 17 round magazines, the "extended baseplate" is where the 2 extra round capacity comes from... not the spring...
These look like they would work as well. ISMI Mag Spring Sig P226 P228 P229 High Capacity Chrome Silicon
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You must be aware that there are 2 types of followers. I am aware of ISMI, but their website has no graphics of their springs. Just as Wolff lists springs for P226/P228 magazines it is the followers which determine the springs you need.

The original P226 15 round 9mm, and P228/229 13 round 9mm used a follower with a lower "projection" that the spring fit over. The P226 .357/.40 magazines and P229 .357/.40 magazines, and P229-1 9mm 15 round magazines have a "cavity" in the follower, that the spring fits "in".

I believe the ISMI springs are as the Wolff offerings, of the spring fitting over the bottom of the follower. I have used the Wolffs for years, and keep some on hand.

I know it is confusing, but it's better to understand what is out there, than spend money for what you cannot use. I hope these pictures clear up any questions. The top one is from a Checkmate P229-1 15 round 9mm, the bottom is from a Mec-Gar made Sig P226 15 round 9mm.
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You must be aware that there are 2 types of followers. I am aware of ISMI, but their website has no graphics of their springs. Just as Wolff lists springs for P226/P228 magazines it is the followers which determine the springs you need.

The original P226 15 round 9mm, and P228/229 13 round 9mm used a follower with a lower "projection" that the spring fit over. The P226 .357/.40 magazines and P229 .357/.40 magazines, and P229-1 9mm 15 round magazines have a "cavity" in the follower, that the spring fits "in".

I believe the ISMI springs are as the Wolff offerings, of the spring fitting over the bottom of the follower. I have used the Wolffs for years, and keep some on hand.

I know it is confusing, but it's better to understand what is out there, than spend money for what you cannot use. I hope these pictures clear up any questions. The top one is from a Checkmate P229-1 15 round 9mm, the bottom is from a Mec-Gar made Sig P226 15 round 9mm.
I seem to recall somewhere there being a thread with detailed measurements on the differences between the P229 and P229-1 magazines. You wouldn't happen to have a link to that would you? I have some P228/9 mec gar mags that I was thinking of putting some heat shrink tubing on to take up the play just for use at the range. I just have to know what thickness heatshrink to buy.
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I seem to recall somewhere there being a thread with detailed measurements on the differences between the P229 and P229-1 magazines. You wouldn't happen to have a link to that would you? I have some P228/9 mec gar mags that I was thinking of putting some heat shrink tubing on to take up the play just for use at the range. I just have to know what thickness heatshrink to buy.
I'd just use them as is, all I ever heard is that they work just fine.
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I seem to recall somewhere there being a thread with detailed measurements on the differences between the P229 and P229-1 magazines. You wouldn't happen to have a link to that would you? I have some P228/9 mec gar mags that I was thinking of putting some heat shrink tubing on to take up the play just for use at the range. I just have to know what thickness heatshrink to buy.
Can't help with a link but I don't think this would work. The two designs are the same dimension front-to-back. The difference side-to-side is only 0.05" (0.805" to 0.855" according to my calipers). Even if you found something that was 0.025" thick it would make the other dimension too large to fit in the magazine well.
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