Review: Mec-Gar CZ75 and 92FS Magazines

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Not long ago I reviewed the classic CZ75b and in that review I kind of balked at the $43 dollar price tag attached to the factory replacement magazines. The Italian magazine manufacture Mec-Gar had a solution to my plight. They reached out to Phil and sent some of their Mec-Gar CZ75 and 92FS magazines along with a couple of their plus 2 magazine extensions.

Mec-Gar sent out both the flat baseplate mags and the factory plus two magazines in nicely retail packaged boxes.

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I pulled the CZ75 mags out of the packages first. The flat baseplate mag has a capacity of 17 rounds, one more than the factory CZ mag. The plus two mag allows you to pack almost a whole box of hollow points into one magazine with it’s 19 round capacity. The anti-friction coating on the magazine body looks quite nice and did it’s job well.

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When I compared the flat baseplate mag to the factory mag the build quality of the Mec-Gar mag was every bit as good as the factory mag, maybe even better.

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I slid the factory mag into the gun to get a sense of how the Meg-Gar mags fit in comparison to the factory 16 rounder.

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The flat baseplate 17 round magazine adds just a touch of length to the bottom of the gun, but not enough to make any difference. The 17 round magazine has since become my go to carry mag in this gun.

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The other mag that Mec-Gar sent me for my CZ75 was the 19 round magazine with the plus 2 extension on it from the factory. It adds about 5/8 an inch to the bottom of the gun in trade for the additional capacity. It wouldn’t be my first choice for a primary magazine, but it makes a spectacular spare magazine.

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I loaded the mags up to their respective capacities and got ready to hit the range with the 17 round and 19 round magazines to test function in my pistol.

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I started with the 17 round magazine and unloaded on the steel target I had set up downrange. The magazine fed all 17 round into the pistol without a problem and locked the slide back every time.

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Next up was the 19 round magazine, just like the 17 rounder it worked perfectly.

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Next up was the Beretta 92fs magazines. The flat baseplate version holds 18 rounds, the plus 2 brings the capacity up to 20 rounds. Again Mec-Gar used the anti friction coating on the magazine bodies.

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I really liked the witness holes used on the Beretta magazines.

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When compared to the factory Beretta magazine the Mec-Gar mags were much nicer in terms of finish and build quality.

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I loaded the mags into my friends 92fs to see how much length was added like I did with the CZ75. I started with the factory 15 round magazine.

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It looks like the 18 round magazine has just a bit slimmer baseplate than the factory 15 rounder. When my Beretta M9 finely shows up this will be my go to magazine, 18 rounds in a flush fit magazine is outstanding!

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Again the plus 2 adds about 5/8 an inch to the guns height, just like the CZ75 I think it would make a great secondary magazine.

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I slid the 18 round magazine into the Beretta and again unloaded on the steel targets. I must admit, there isn’t much more fun to have with a gun than shooting steel. Just like the CZ mags they preformed flawlessly.

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The 20 round magazine performed great as well. When shooting a full 21 rounds with the gun loaded to capacity it felt like the ammo would never run out, but when it did the slide locked back every time.

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The plus 2 magazine extensions were really easy to add onto the Mec-Gar mags.

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The package includes the two pieces needed to add it to your magazine.

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Installation is very easy, you slide the floorplate onto the spring through the provided hole.

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Then while holding the floor plat up you slide the baseplate onto the mag. Removal is just as easy when you need to clean the magazine after a dirty range trip.

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I must admit, Mec-Gar makes some really nice products that are priced pretty attractively. You really should consider them over some factory magazines when buying extra mags. The Beretta mags carry a MSRP of $38.30 for the 18 rounder and $46.50 for the 20 rounder. I was able to locate the 18 round mags for just under $20 per magazine at a online retailer, so there are deals to be had. The CZ75 magazines have a MSRP of $38.30 for the 17 round magazine and $46.50 for the 19 rounder.

Mec-Gar has several options for replacement magazines for many different guns, you can learn more by clicking here. With over 200 models of magazines you are sure to find something that will fit your gun and know it works. There are more than 100 million Mec-Gar mags produced to date, I think it is safe to say that they might know what they are doing.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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


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  • Jay

    IIRC, on my CZ PCR, the factory mags were OEM by Mec-Gar. The M-G mags I purchased through CZ Custom were identical in every way to the two that came with the gun. So in my experience, no reason to pay the extra $15 or so per mag to get through CZ-USA.

  • pc299

    Mec-Gar is my go-to for additional magazines. I’ve had zero issues with thousands of rounds in 50+ magazines for various pistols I own

  • Full Name

    Glad these performed well. I bought 3 Mec-Gar +2 capacity mags for my HiPower, and all three of them had nosedive stoppages. A lot. The standard capacity 13 rounders are flawless, though

    • Griz

      My 15 round Hi-Power mags work great, even with JHP. Sorry your not having the same luck. I have an el-cheapo 30 round mag that only works if loaded with 20 rounds or less, bought that as a just for fun range toy.

  • iksnilol

    I like 20 round mags because you can load a box of ammo into them. I know I saw 20 round mags for the CZ75 in their custom shop.

    • Bill

      Same reason I like 20 round AR mags. That, and they don’t catch on as much stuff as the longer mags.

      • Lt_Scrounge

        ZQI 5.56 ammo comes in 30 round boxes for $10 at Walmart, when they have it in stock.

  • Lance

    Looks sweet!

  • janklow

    Mec-Gar DOES make a lot of OEM magazines, so they should know how to make factory-quality ones.
    but i’ve owned a ton of them and Mec-Gar magazines have always been quality in my experience.

  • Wait a sec, you didn’t know about MEC-GAR? They actually do make magazines for most manufacturers. If you own a SIG Sauer, a Colt, or a Smith & Wesson semi-auto, chances are that the magazines marked with the company’s own brand are actually manufactured by MEC-GAR. If you own an Italian-made handgun (Beretta or Tanfoglio/EAA) magazines *ARE* made by MEC-GAR, period.
    They’re simply the biggest manufacturer of handgun magazines for OEM and retail sales out there. And they’ve been around for decades — nothing really new on the market. Actually, chances are that they make the pistol magazines you buy as aftermarket in the U.S. under other brands such as, so to speak, Brownells or Midway.

    • Bill

      Yeah, what he said. And the REALLY interesting thing is that when a Mec-Gar mag has a gun manufacturer’s name engraved on it it automatically increases in value by 100%. One of life’s little marketing mysteries.

    • Patrick R.

      Who said anything about not knowing about Mec-Gar?

    • J.T.

      As far as I know, they are the OEM for CZ mags as well.

      • They’re OEM for half of gun manufacturers out there, including 100% of European gunmakers.

        • CavScout

          MG isn’t 100%… I tried two of their XD extended magazines and they were literally nearly incompatable with the gun. Horrid. Maybe they were designed for the HS2000 and not the XD? Not sure if there were changes made for import or later gens, but M-G’s XD mags are garbage.

          • Beats me. First time I hear of such issues with MEC-GAR magazines. When did that happen?

          • Marc

            The problem with the XD mags is the size of the relief cut for the slide release. If you disassemble and use a rotary file to extend the hole to factory size you won’t have anymore problems. These are the only Mec gar mags I have ever had a problem with. But that solved it immediately. The funny thing is I had and used them for over two years before they ever gave me an issue. Hope that helps.

  • One of the best deals I ever fell into was a clearance sale at a local gun & pawn. They had a big pasteboard box full of magazines for $8. There were nine 17-round and 6 19-round CZ75 mags. Brought every one of ’em home!

  • Uncle Webkins

    I have Mec-Gar 15rd mags for my Beretta 96. When loaded, they bulge in the middle and require a little bit of forceful stuffing to load. They won’t drop free either while loaded to capacity. This is with 2 of their mags. I asked MecGar if it was a quality issue and their customer support ignored me. I call that half-ass in my book.

  • MrEllis

    Hey, Patrick, could you maybe give us an update after you’ve ran with them a few times? I’m all about the CZs but I wouldn’t mind cheaper mags! I’d be interesting in knowing how they held up. Like the car magazines do with a yearly test. Maybe you guys could all pick a rig and do a yearly “My year with Gun X.” Gives us the ups and downs of your carry and how well the gun did or did not function and stand up to wear… but mostly I’m interested in a good opinion on the CZ mags.

    • Patrick R.

      While doing the review I used the mags three times and since I have been to the range another 2-3 times, I haven’t had a single issue.

      • MrEllis

        Good to know, I’ll see what flavors I can find and order a couple.

  • john huscio

    Will the cz mags fit in a p07?

    • Rock or Something

      Yes, at least the CZ brand ones do. They stick out a little bit (not flushed), but they feed and fire just fine.

    • J.T.

      Fit? Since they are smaller, yes, but they might not be 100% reliable and should only be used at the range if you do try it.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Awesome. These ought to work well in my Taurus PT-92 and my CZ-75b.

  • AnthonyS

    There is a reason Mec Gar is an OEM supplier to very reputable firearms manufacturers. I have Mec Gar mags for 1911s, Sigs, CZs and others. They all perform forgettably (which means I don’t have to worry about them) which is ideal. The best magazine is one you use and don’t think about at all because it works flawlessly. Thanks Mec Gar.

  • Lt_Scrounge

    MecGar is the magazine manufacturer for many European and American gun makers. They make great magazines. I’ve had more than a few of them. The quality is outstanding. Most of my CZ mags are MecGar. BTW if you get a true CZ and the magazine only ejects about an inch, there’s nothing wrong with either the pistol or the magazine, they’re designed that way. If you want your magazines to drop free, it’s an easy fix. Make certain that the pistol is unloaded including removing the magazine. Remove the grip panels and you will see a leaf spring at the back of the mag well that is held in with two roll pins. This is what is holding in the magazines. Remove the roll pins, remove the leaf spring and replace the grip panels and Voila! you have drop free magazines.

  • CavScout

    It’s too bad MecGar XD mags are terrible and nearly unusable.

    • Patrick R.

      They were merely making them as usable as the gun they go into.

      • Marc

        Lol funny guy! I own MANY Sigs a cz75b apara slim hawg and have owned just about wverything worth mentioning. But I will tell you this. I bought my XD at a gun show looking for a Sig pro when they first bought out the HS2000 and I will out shoot most people with guns that are twice the price with that XD! Couldn’t but it from me if you tried. I’ve been carrying it since 2002 and I own two sig elites! I’m just saying.

        • Patrick R.

          Glad you saw the humor there.

  • Kivaari

    Mec-Gar makes some of the finest magazines to be had.

  • gordon533

    I have been using mec-gar Para Ordance Mags in my P-14 40 S&W for years & have never had a problem. I use them in IPSC matches all the time with out any problems period, even the stock Para mags have given me problems with their plastic bases that fall off. Good Mags are hard to get in Canada due to our 10 round capacity laws.
    Thanks Mec-gar for a great product.

  • Robert Preston

    I have (3) of the 20rd Mec-Gar’s for my 92FS.. …absolutely flawless performance. I was able to get them for under $20 each a few months ago when they went on sale at Midway.

    All my other Mec-Gar’s for my other guns have been flawless performers.