Wilson Combat has been innovating the 1911 world for decades, and hasn’t stopped yet. They continue to make some of the best high end 1911 pistols on the market, and they’ve been making 1911 magazines since before many of our readers were born. Recently, they’ve been changing the 1911 market by introducing flat wire spring technology in their 1911 recoil springs, which reportedly increase the maintenance cycle by up to 10 times. So if they work so well in recoil springs, why not put them in a magazine?
A common complaint regarding many 8-round magazines is the limited spring life. Use them heavily or leave them loaded for a long time and they quickly lose lift, resulting in malfunctions. The new ETM HD magazine addresses this with a longer tube to fit a longer spring, and a flat wire spring that is advertised to provide 25% more lift than standard springs. Like all their products, the magazine is guaranteed for life by Wilson Combat.
The stainless steel tube itself is designed to resist deformation and swelling. I’ve used the regular ETM magazines in the past and definitely found the feed lips to be robust and resistant to spreading.
I took the magazine to the range to get a feel for the new spring, which definitely felt a bit more stout. This was immediately evident upon loading rounds, and the last round was a bit harder to load than the rest. But a few cycles and everything seemed to wear in. Function was flawless, as expected from a new high quality magazine. Long term testing will bear out whether or not the spring lives up to the advertisement, but it seems promising so far.
Check out the ETM HD Magazine at Wilson’s Web Store.