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The ETM started with a blank sheet of paper and 30+ years of 1911 and 1911 magazine experience. It WILL set a new standard in 1911 magazines while redefining state-of-the-art.

  • Increases Reliability in ALL 1911 Pistols
  • Aircraft Grade Certified Stainless Steel Tube Resists Corrosion
  • The ETM has the Strongest Magazine Tube Yet Developed, Virtually Eliminating Feed Lip Cracking, Tube Spread and Cracking and General Fatigue
  • .025" Tube Walls - Thickest In The Industry
  • Refined Radius for Each Bend in the Tube to Take Advantage of the Strength in the Stainless Steel
  • Proprietary, Custom Designed Welding Process
  • Proprietary Multi-Step Tumbling and Finishing Process Provides Smooth Follower Operation and Insertion into the Weapon
  • Observation Slots Moved to the Rear of the Tube, Located Exactly Where They Need to be to Maintain the Structural Integrity
  • Innovative Follower Design With its Extended Skirt Ensures Stability in Operation and Minimizes Creep from the Tube when the Magazine is Empty
  • Fiber-Fill Nylon Self-Lubricating Follower Provides Smooth Round Feeding
  • Positive Slide-Lock After the Last Round has been Fired
  • Space-Age Stainless Steel Spring Wire is Phenomenal for Spring Life
  • The ETM Seats and Locks in the Weapon with the Slide Down
  • Removable Base Pad for Easy Maintenance and Versatility with Different Base Pad Options
  • The Quality Control Behind the ETM Promises a Lifetime of Smooth and Reliable Operation
  • No-Risk Service Policy - If It Breaks from Normal Use, We Replace It!
  • Black Fluoropolymer Finish


Wilson Combat®, with a firmly established reputation for outstanding quality, the highest reliability, and superb service both before and after the sale has built hundreds of thousands of 1911 single-stack magazines. We get a lot of feedback about magazines, and magazine performance - and we listen. Our magazines have undergone 3 design and/or material changes, each carefully evaluated and proven before they were released to the market. The result of our latest effort is a completely redesigned magazine with the features we've heard you ask for.


The ETM started with a blank sheet of paper and 30+ years of 1911 and 1911 magazine experience. It WILL set a new standard in 1911 magazines while redefining state-of-the-art. We've blended the latest improvements in manufacturing and materials technology with our own real-world shooting experience to provide quality, quality, and more quality. From material selection to manufacturing process to final testing - this magazine is built like your life, and ours, depended on it, as someday it may. No compromises, just stone-cold reliability you can depend on. The ETM is primarily a combat magazine, but if you're a competition shooter, you just may gain that critical advantage that will move you past the competition.

The real world for a combat pistol isn't always in a dry, protected environment. So we built the ETM to be impervious to the elements. Every component is manufactured from either a high-grade stainless steel or super tough nylon. We worried about grime and corrosion when we designed the ETM, so you will never have to.

The ETM has the strongest magazine tube yet developed, virtually eliminating feed lip cracking, tube spread and cracking, and general fatigue, - some of the most common manufacturing and/or age-related defects in other magazines. The engineers working on the ETM have a combined 110+ years of firearms experience - the ETM is a showcase of their knowledge. They refined the radius for each bend in the tube to take advantage of the strength in the stainless steel they selected - and then devised a manufacturing process to provide the tight tolerances required to make those exact radius bends. The observation slots, moved to the rear of the tube, are located exactly where they need to be to maintain the structural integrity of the tube for years and years of use. After extensive testing we selected a grade and thickness of stainless steel optimized to provide superior stiffness without brittleness. No matter how many times you empty this magazine through your pistol, you can be assured the engineering expertise, design, material selection, manufacturing, and the quality control behind the ETM promises a lifetime of smooth and reliable operation.

ETM tubes are manufactured with a proprietary, custom designed welding process followed by a proprietary multi-step tumbling and finishing process. The internal and external finish, critical to smooth follower operation and insertion into the weapon, are the result of selecting the proper media and media-sequence in the tumbling and finishing process. We expended a lot of engineering time and expertise in developing the finishing process; when you get your hands on an ETM you'll be able to see and feel for yourself, we think you will agree it was time well spent. The improvements made to the ETM's follower and base pad have not previously been seen in a pistol magazine. This design combines advanced manufacturing technology with absolutely precise dimension control, assuring positive slide-lock after the last round has been fired. The innovative follower design with its extended skirt ensures stability in operation and minimizes creep from the tube when the magazine is empty. Super tough nylon was selected as the optimum material for the new ETM follower due to its proven durability and slick surface finish. This slick finish and the super smooth internal finish of the magazine tube result in the smoothest follower operation possible. Experienced shooters will notice this ultra-smooth performance when loading and firing.

We've found a space-age stainless steel spring wire that is phenomenal for spring life. Have you ever worried about leaving your fully-loaded magazines for long periods of time? This spring, designed exclusively for our new ETM, will do its job longer than the cartridges will remain suitable for combat use. Another factor in spring life is the degree of compression when the magazine is loaded. Our engineers designed the ETM's base pad to allow a longer tube. Although the ETM is not appreciably longer than a typical magazine, it has more space for the spring to work without complete compression or excessive stress on the spring.

The ETM seats and locks in the weapon with the slide down - fully loaded.

The ETM's new almost indestructible base pad provides a sure grip when pulling a magazine from a pistol or a tight pouch - especially in a combat or competitive situation when seconds count in reloading. If you have ever been in the rain, trying to get a traditional magazine from a wet, tight pouch, you'll really appreciate this feature - and it might save your life. Developing a cutting edge product always has one downside, your competition WILL copy some of its unique features. We delivered our first magazine over 27 years ago, and others have copied our designs ever since. But no one, anywhere, has ever copied what is arguably our best feature; the feature that has a huge benefit for you. You can't see it in a photograph and it doesn't improve the function of the magazine. We call it the Wilson Combat Lifetime Satisfaction Policy. You get one with every Wilson Combat Product you buy, and it should be a major factor in your decision to purchase. Since 1977, Wilson Combat® has been standing behind our products and services unequivocally. If your Wilson Combat® magazine doesn't perform as it's designed to, return it to us and we'll fix it or replace it - with no expense to you just like we have been doing since 1977. We've worked hard to build the finest track record for customer satisfaction and service of any firearms company in the world. We're proud of our satisfy-every-customer history, and we will continue to do whatever it takes to be sure that your purchase from us works as it should work, and works that way from now on. The ETM is so good, you'll probably never find a reason to test our satisfaction policy, but rest assured, if you do, we will be here as we have been since 1977 to take care of you. Buy an ETM today, and depend on it for a lifetime of service.

Try the new ETM - and discover for yourself why 1911 experts around the world won't use anything but Wilson Combat® magazines.

Disassembly / Maintenance Instructions

Our magazine tubes have a lifetime satisfaction policy. Wilson Combat will replace any magazine tube that spreads, cracks or becomes unusable during normal use. Wilson Combat magazine springs and followers are considered consumable items and may require replacing after extensive use. Polymer baseplates can break if you drop a loaded magazine on a hard surface. We recommend metal baseplates for hard use.

Spreadsheet of Magazine Compatibility by Brand

Wondering which of our magazines will fit your gun? Click here to view our magazine compatibility document.

We have 2 basic sizes of 1911 magazines- Full Size and Compact.

Full Size Magazines
Full size is the traditional USGI 1911 frame size. Most 1911 pistols are "full size". This includes all of our Full Size models listed here in addition to most standard, 5" and Commander length 1911 pistols.

Full size grips have a measurement of 3.0625" of center-to-center between the grip screws.

Compact Magazines
Compact denotes a smaller frame similar in size to Wilson Compact, Colt Officers ACP or Kimber Compact / Ultra Series. This includes all of our Compact models listed here in addition to most standard Officer's length 1911 pistols.

Compact grips have a measurement of 2.6875" center to center.


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Accept No Substitute
Wilson Combat Magazines are the best out there in my opinion, if you have a 1911, you should be running Wilson Combat Magazines. The Elite Tactical Magazine (500B) performs flawlessly in my Taurus 1911. When the magazine arrived it was as described in the description, Wilson Combat’s customer service is great, and they SUPPORT the MILITARY with a nice discount. I ordered two more of these magazines.
One of the best mags I own
I own my stock Springfield mags, 1 CM 10 rd mag, 2 Wilson 10 rd mags and 3 of these 8rd mags. By far the best mags I’ve run, not once had a jam with these specific mags and plan on using these as my carry mags for my CCW
Best 1911 Magazines
These magazines are a great addition to any 1911. I've tested these in Colt, Sig Sauer, and Smith & Wesson model ang works flawless. I plan to purchase more of these in the future.
The Best
Amazing fit and finish. Best 1911 magazines for full-proof performance and reliability. Great in my Kimber and my Dad's Colt.
My carry mag
I have a Wison Commander and a Wilson Goverment. Carry 3 Wilson mags for each. Flat steel base in the guns and two large base pads on the belt. Want no mistakes in the heat of the moment. These seat and feed every time.
Perfect for those running Magazine Wells
For years now, these magazines with the ETM base pads have been my go-to for my Springfield Operator and Colt CQBP with mag wells installed. Aside from their uncompromising and smooth reliability, the ETM pads provide just enough additional purchase to consistently seat the mag when performing combat reloads while wearing gloves. For those who cant spring the extra money for the ETM-V / Vickers Duty Magazine, these are the next best thing.
Best mags ever!
Ive been having trouble loading hollow points into my GI Expert, but with these magazines Ive had 0 problems. NONE. Wilson has a great reputation for a reason, and its because they simply make the best. Thanks Wilson!
Super Dependable Magazines
I recently purchased 4 full size 1911 Elite Wilson Combat .45ACP 8 round magazines. I was experiencing FTE issues with the manufacturers mags. that came with a couple new pistols. Needless to say I was disappointed with the performance and knew that it wasnt the fault of my new Kimbers. As soon as my Wilson Combats came I headed to the range and have fired approximately 1500 - 2000 rounds without any feed problems whatsoever. I had heard from friends how dependable Wilson Combat mags were - now I know first hand.
A review for 1911 Elite Tactical Magazine, .45 ACP, Full-Size,
There is only one other magazine that comes close to the Wilson Combat mags but Wilson has the edge. I have several assorted mags Ill sell at $10 @ so I can buy more Wilson mags.
Smooth as silk
New high end 1911, great gun but two magazines from manufacturer were vastly different in spring tension and feeding. Buddies suggested Wilson Mags. Just put 100 rounds thru and it was magic. Solid feel, easy to load, superior to manufacturers product. Will also convert my 9mm magazines to Wilson magazines. Thanks for a great product.
The Best
I bought this magazine and expected to spend too much and what difference could there really be? I was amazed when the first round was as easy to install as the last. How can they do that? I have never had a misfire. Period. What a great magazine. The absolute best in the world. Bar none!
Works Perfect
Perfect for My Wilson 45. Everything made by Wilson is first class, but these magazines are even better.
Excellent mags, way better than factory mags.
I kept getting periodic jams with the factory mags in my Springfield Milspec. Once I replaced the stock mags with the ETMs, all my problems went away. Now, after over a thousand rounds through it with the mags, Im still problem free. I highly recommend the ETM mags.
The best there is . . .
I have had experience with many brands of magazines over the years, and none can compare with the consistent reliability of the Wilson Combat ETM. Easy to load, smooth insertion and quick removal, the ETM has provided me with flawless performance. Using several types and brands of ammo from hollow point to wad cutter - not a single misfire or failure to load. The high quality material marks a magazine that I would and do stake my life on daily. I most strongly recommend the Wilson Combat ETM to anyone.
Outstanding magazines
Ive been using Wilson magazines for over 25 years. I recently purchased 6 of the black ETM mags and love them. I didnt think they could build a better magazine than the 47 series but they have. I have an old Colt Combat Commander and several Kimber 1911s and they function perfectly in all of them. Ill never use any other magazines than these or the Wilson 47 series.
None other compares...
As most of us have, I have tried countless brands of magazines, but nothing compares the the ETMs. They are the upmost in reliability and a breeze to maintain.
Great Magazine
I have a Springfield Armory .45 ACP TRP. The magazine looks amazine as well as feels amazing, it fit perfectly flush just like the magazines the pistol originally came with. The reason I gave it 4 stars versus 5 stars is the fact that I can not close the slide action once the magazine is open, but it is a small price to pay to add an additional round, and carry a better quality magazine.
Good so far ...
Im shooting a 1911 Springfield MC Operator. Still breaking everything in with approx. 150rds through the mags, and they have worked perfectly so far. Good quality and good looks. Hope it stays that way.
Awesome MAGS!!!
I bought the black ETM mags a few months ago...MAN what a product they developed. So reliable and sexy looking. I will never use any other magazine again. My allegiance is too Wilson Combat!
Best .45 magazine out there
title says it all - there simply isnt anything better. Construction, feeding, reliability, release - the best.

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