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American Handgunner Jul/Aug 2011 Digital Edition - Page 94
GUNNYSACK T Roy Huntington CHIP McCORMICK POWER MAGS he backbone to any auto pistol is a combination of good quality ammo and even better quality magazines. You might be surprised to learn many (most?) pistol manufacturers outsource their magazines. The hitch is, sometimes, magazines can become victims of the low-bid syndrome. However, most of the big-name gun makers maintain control over their magazines, and you can almost never go wrong using factory mags. But sometimes even a factory magazine might not be “good enough.” Enter the custom magazine makers. Among them, Chip McCormick is a leader, one of the very few at the rarified top rung of that ladder. Since his earliest days as a competition shooter, Chip has paid close attention to the variables in high-performance equipment and parts competitors demand. Chip finally quit competing and became an accomplished manufacturer of highquality, high-performance after-market accessories for shooters. One of his first products was a line of dead-reliable magazines for the 1911 series of pistols. Today, McCormick “Power Mags” are legendary when it comes to reliability and long life. Cops, competitors and plain guys like you and me rely on them for personal protection guns, competition guns and fun guns. Now, the Power Mag lineup gets a new model, the McCormick Black 8-rd Power Mag. Features include engraved numbering and oversized view holes for referencing round count, integral bases and base pads completely removable for cleaning and access, optional shorter concealment base pads and longer competition base pads. Chip also has a special base pad converting the Black 8-rd Power Mag for use in “compact” .45-caliber 1911s. MSRP: $23.95. For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/ chip-mccormick-custom National Action Pistol Championship 94 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2011