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Old 05-29-2006, 10:31 AM   #1
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BHP-35 ten round mags

As an active IDPA shooter I have been using my BHP-35 all year in Enhanced Service Pistol. And, because of the 10 round limit and a good deal from the magazine folks in Abilene, I have been using the MecGar made mags in lieu of the slightly more expensive 13 or 15 rounders. Besides, as cheap as they are, I don't care if I lose one or step on it.

However, I have recently been experiencing a recurring and unpredicatable failure to lock the slide open after the last shot (you get to practice reloading a lot here). I have cleaned and lubed them carefully and do not experience this problem when using my hi-caps. They do lock back when I test them at the bench but in the heat of the competition, I just can't get them to be consistent!

Any reasonable opinions would be appreciated!
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:03 AM   #2
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I recently had to send back two Nickel ten rd Mec-gar mags I

purchased for my HP 40 cal because they would not strip the

first rd without locking up the gun. (btw still waiting for my refund)

After talking with MR. Camp I spent the money and ordered

factory Browning mags. I know mec-gar makes the mags for

browning but the mec-gar line of mags has different followers

and does not support the front of the bullet and I didnt want

to start bending the lips on a new mag.(the new browning mags

work good) Ive been told mec-gar is the way to go when mags

are needed but I have not had good luck with them in a Witness

and now with a HP.

any way just my .02 cents.

Ive also heard if your recoil spring is to strong its not allowing

the slide to travel back for enough to lock open.

Just something to think about

good luck.

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Old 05-29-2006, 06:45 PM   #3
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It is possible that your mag springs need replacing..Had this problem with CZ mags and was fixed with new springs..The recoil spring being too strong might be the problem also as stated above..
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Old 06-09-2006, 12:28 PM   #4
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Gents - I will try the mag springs but the things are new out of the wrapper in JAN06! The comment on the follower makes an interesting point as well. I do generally replace my recoil and FP spring about every 2000 rounds. This is left over from my 1911 days. The MG 13s and 15s work well and always hold it back regardless of how many rounds I stuff them with.
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:20 AM   #5
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I too use the BHP in IDPA, and bought 3 of the 10-rounders to use for that purpose. Don't remember where I bought 'em, though - it might have been from CDNN, or from Ebay.

Anyway, mine are Parkerized and say Made in Italy, but don't say Mec-Gar or Browning (or anything else except a patent number and caliber.) They give 100% reliable feeding and slide lock, and that's AFTER I cut three coils off the springs to make it easier to get the 10th round in.
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Old 07-09-2006, 10:49 AM   #6
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Thank you Wrangler 5. I have serially numbered mine and seem to have only one mag that does it but as I am only ESP SS, it is not a problem if you get my meaning. I noticed that CDNN went up $5 for the 10 Rounders this catalogue. I have shared your experience with 10th round but I solved it by simply keeping them loaded all the time. Now they have no issues with the last round.
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