WILSON COMBAT ADD-ON MAG WELLS FOR 1911 PISTOLS

There are more accessories for 1911 style pistols than for probably any other firearm, and many are of a practical nature, evolved from combat or competition shooting. One popular modification found often on custom grade pistols that came from competitive target shooting is the beveled magazine well. Proponents hold that a deeper and at least slightly beveled mag well opening can speed up inserting new mag, as there is a larger area to “aim for” that might require less time and precision to “hit”. These mag well alterations would be either machined in or welded on a true competition pistol – or a custom 1911 – but there are ways to get this effect without making a permanent and costly change to the frame.

There are grips available that form a mag well bevel, and also front strap replacement pieces than can add both a mag well and checking to your pistol. The replacement mag wells developed by Wilson Combat, however, are the easiest of all to add, simply remove the grips, slide the beveled piece on the butt of the handgrip and fit the “hook” on each side around the grip screw bushings, then replace and screw down the grips.Some grips might require a little fitting, but I put these pieces on both my Taurus and Springfield 1911’s with no fitting. On my Taurus, the factory mags were difficult to seat in the deeper mag well, while those on the Springfield worked fine. The problem was the Taurus “bumpers” at the base of the magazine were wider, and had to be seated with fingers, rather than bumped with a heel. On these, I merely shaved the pad down, but I will probably replace them at some point with Wilson Combat base pads, which I have on the Springfield mags that came without pads.

The stainless Wilson Combat beveled mag well on my Taurus 1911 is a good fit and does what it was intended to do.

The stainless Wilson Combat beveled mag well on my Taurus 1911 is a good fit and does what it was intended to do.

They are available in either blued finish or stainless steel to match fairly closely the metal finish on the rest of the pistol, and do not add much length to the grip area.

I  chose a blued mag well funnel for my Parkerized Springfield 1911.

I chose a blued mag well funnel for my Parkerized Springfield 1911.

As for function, they definitely DO make magazine replacement easy and I suppose faster – although I have yet to have a need for a speedy mag change. Your initial thrust of the magazine can be a little off, and the beveled well will help it slide in, without the possibility of “hanging” on an edge. They also add an attractive, custom look to the pistol that few things any owner able to turn a screwdriver can do for $30 will equal!

Whether blued or SS, the Wilson Combat mag well funnel is n attractive and functional  - not to mention economical - addition to a base-model 1911.

Whether blued or SS, the Wilson Combat mag well funnel is n attractive and functional – not to mention economical – addition to a base-model 1911.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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