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Old 04-30-2016, 11:46 PM
busykngt busykngt is offline
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Default 1911/M1 Carbine Mags on Estore

I would tend to agree with what I think Craftsman is saying. If they were bought for perceived 'collector value' in the future, I wouldn't touch them (i.e., NOT open them). If, on the other hand, you plan to make use of them for their original intended purpose, then by all means, open them and do whatever maintenance may be needed. My two cents for what it's worth.

ETA: If you're going the 'collector route', I'd also recommend you keep the CMP packing list (etc.) with them - there's a lot to be said for being able to track provenance at some point in the future.

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Old 05-01-2016, 09:02 AM
edlmann edlmann is offline
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Originally Posted by Craftsman View Post
Provided the packaging all looks very good , the way I view sealed in the wrap items is, if I think I will want to open sometime in the future, for whatever reason, to use, fondle/admire, etc. I'll open, inspect, clean and lube. If I don't think I'll ever open, and I just enjoy owning as a NOS USGI collectible, and will probably sell at some point in the future, it stays as received sealed in the wrap, to retain collectability value.
I don't think these are particularly collectible - now. In 10 or 20 years, after the supply dries up, who knows.
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Old 05-01-2016, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by edlmann View Post
I don't think these are particularly collectible - now. In 10 or 20 years, after the supply dries up, who knows.
I agree, these mags are not highly collectible, but it's fun, to me, to have/collect NOS sealed USGI items. No not a good long term investment, but I doubt they'll lose value below the $8 the CMP sold them for. Maybe they'll be worth $10 ea. someday?
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Old 05-01-2016, 11:26 AM
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The 1911 mags are still available....
Not aware of any carbine mags available other than the ones that showed up at the SS...rusty.
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Old 05-01-2016, 11:26 AM
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1911 mags are still there, carbines are long gone
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:59 AM
mbinky mbinky is offline
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I got 10 mags last year, all Checkmate. I just ordered 10 more. Anyone get a vendor besides Checkmate?
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:55 AM
twofeets twofeets is offline
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I understand the sentiment of keeping these in the original wrap, but in my opinion with the mags that have been shipping lately that are simply wrapped in VCI paper and put into a non-vacuum packed bag, you could find 20 years from now that you have a bag full of rust. Condition is king regardless of whether in the original packaging. I would unwrap the mags, thoroughly inspect, clean and lube them, and store them as you would any other item. You could always set aside the wrapping materials and save for later if you are so inclined.
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:49 PM
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Just look at baseball cards condition is everything.
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:01 PM
1943armory 1943armory is offline
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I got my 10 the other day. All Checkmate dated 5/92. I opened one just to see what I was dealing with. Like the other members have noted, extremely dry. A small surface rust spot developing on the floor plate. Got a little nervous so naturally, despite the collector voice screaming at me..... I opened the rest. Only one other had the early stage of rust on the floor plate. Some FrogLube and I think these will be perfect for the 1911 that I will eventually get from the CMP. I have several already, but none are US Army issue. My 1943 Navy S&W Victory wants to chat with 1943 Colt M1911....

And at $8..... Wow, Thank You CMP..
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:31 AM
whos2kno whos2kno is offline
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i got another 10 today
placed the order saturday and received then tuesday
these are not in the aluminum wrapper but they came in paper wrapper
they are marked
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but they bran new!!!
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