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Old 03-18-2019, 03:55 PM
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Default Loops on bottom of 1911 Magazine

I saw some 1911 mags on Sarco that have two little loops on the base-plate. What's up with that?
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:07 PM
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Those are for attaching a lanyard so you don't lose your pistol in a Cavalry charge. Handy to have...
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:13 PM
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I figured. They look stupid to me.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:41 PM
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WWI type mags
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Old 03-18-2019, 07:42 PM
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I think I'd rather lose the magazine and retain the pistol. With the lanyard loop on the mainspring housing you would always have your pistol. You were issued spare magazines but no spare pistols!

I can imagine having the lanyard attached to the magazine and having to reload. The pistol would be unsecured and you would have a loose magazine hanging on the lanyard.

It seems a$$ backwards to me. Tell me if I'm missing something.

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Old 03-18-2019, 07:54 PM
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Supposedly the magazine lanyard loop was developed based on the concern that a cavalry soldier would accidently eject the magazine while on horseback, rendering their sidearm useless. A two snap lanyard that attached to the lanyard loops on both the pistol and the magazine was developed, but never fielded for actual use. As such, the loop was eventually deleted from the magazine.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:25 PM
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It seems a$$ backwards to me. Tell me if I'm missing something.

Yeah, you're missing the fact that the pistol also has a lanyard loop, so both the pistol and magazine could be tethered. IT wasn't one or the other, it was both. Eventually the loop was eliminated from the magazines but remained on the pistol.
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:01 PM
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We’re all early magazines 2 toned in color? If so, these don’t look to be early USGI.

http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/45-1911-ma...yard-loop.aspx
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:32 AM
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I don’t think that you will find authentic WWl for $11.95.
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