Wilson Combat Releases Next-Gen ETM-9mm 1911 Magazine

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If you don’t have a reliable magazine for a 1911, you don’t have a reliable 1911 (the same can be said for all firearms, but it is especially critical for the venerable platform). Wilson Combat’s 1911 .45 magazines are arguably the best out there and they have taken the same expertise and applied it to 9mm handguns.

The new magazines feature the “strongest magazine tube yet developed”, removable base bad for maintenance, an integral feed ramp, 10 round capacity (with numbered tube) and revised geometry for increase slide lock reliability.

The new 9mm ETM magazines are available now direct from Wilson Combat for $39.95. 

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Details straight from Wilson Combat:

In the quest for flawless magazine function across a wide variety of custom and production handguns Bill Wilson has redesigned our Elite Tactical 9mm 1911 magazines to feed more smoothly, seat easier and lock back positively in a wider spectrum of guns than ever before.  Our “Next Generation” ETM 9mm magazines have arrived and like other Wilson Combat Magazines will raise the bar for 1911 pistol reliability.

After months of intensive research and testing by Bill Wilson in a myriad of custom and factory 9mm 1911’s we believe we have solved the issue of magazine reliability in a single stack 9mm 1911. These Next Gen ETM magazines have a redesigned tube with a small front ramp to prevent nose down feeding with short or hollow point rounds.
A redesigned back spacer accommodates a wide variety of long-loaded ammunition and a stainless steel follower and extra power spring ensure slide lockback even in guns with marginal or incorrectly fitted slide stops.

These are the finest magazines made for the 9mm 1911 platform and have been rigorously tested by our cadre of professional shooters.  Bill Wilson himself has logged over 10,000 rounds of various factory and reloaded 9mm ammunition to develop these magazines which are suitable for competition or tactical use.

The Next Generation of 9mm 1911 reliability is available now.  Compact versions are coming soon.

  • Fits full size 9mm 1911
  • 10 round capacity with numbered tube
  • Easy to load and seat with the slide in battery
  • Positive slide lock when empty
  • Superb feeding with a wide range of ammunition types
  • Steel follower for flawless slide lock-even with marginal pistols
  • The Stainless Steel ETM has the Strongest Magazine Tube Yet Developed, Virtually Eliminating Feed Lip Cracking, Tube Spread and Cracking and General Fatigue
  • 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
  • Removable Base Pad for Easy Maintenance and Versatility with Different Base Pad Options
  • No-Risk Service Policy – If the tube spreads or cracks from normal use, We Replace It!

Note: Some Kimber® 1911 handguns have barrel feed ramps that are left undressed at the factory and will interfere with the ramped front of this magazine. The barrel can be easily modified by a gunsmith to provide the proper clearance required.

Phil Note: A review of this magazine will be posted before long.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • BattleshipGrey

    The big question is… will they over insert? 🙂

    • NDS

      I have many of the “old” ETM 9mm mags – they appear to have the same base pad as these new ones. It is substantial, doubt you could over-insert.

      I’m most interested with the “easy to load and seat in battery” claim – mine feed flawlessly but loading a full mag on a closed slide takes a BIG slam.

      • Hyok Kim

        Why not just take 1 round off?

        • Andrew R

          Because it’s a 10 round mag.

          • Hyok Kim

            So have 9 rounds instead of 10 for easier loading, more durability and reliability.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            No one is stopping you from only putting 9 in

          • Hyok Kim

            Of course not. Did I say someone was? I’m only commenting having 9 rounds instead of 10 for easier loading, better reliability, more durability is a worthy trade up.

            They used to say, “Six for sure is better than 9 or 13 or 15 maybes”. 9 for sure instead of 10 maybes is a lot better deal than that.

    • Ray

      Original ETM’s would insert too far and stop against the ejector which would eventually break off the ejector …… if they didn’t bother fixing that problem none of the other stuff matters.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I hope these are better than their 10mm magazines. I ended up giving mine away they were so unreliable (in two different 1911’s, too). For 10mm stick with CMI or Tripp.

  • Hyok Kim

    Great, thanks for the heads up. I am a convert to full size 9mm 1911. This was exactly what I was looking for.

  • Jusuchin

    Will this work with Armscor/Rock Island Armory 9mms?