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Old 04-05-2021, 07:01 PM
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Gun forum rhetoric is the chaff that a skilled forumite must separate from the wheat, it is the noise that must be filtered from the signal. It is part of what you get in forums but sometimes you have to swim through it like you have been tossed in to the Le Brea Tar Pits and it gets tiresome.

I have either 13 or 14 magazines for my small group of 52 pistols and if I’m guessing, it’s probably split right down the middle with regards to plastic or metal followers.

I experience no feed problems in my three pistols. I quite literally, over thousands of documented rounds in the last 5 or 6 years of shooting a d enjoying 52 pistols simply DON’T have magazine problems or any problems for that matter.

Yet the endless energetic rhetoric pushes the campaign against 52 magazines with plastic followers.

Now I understand the “older is better” mentality and it could be argued that I often subscribe to it. That is actually a deeper discussion, but in the case of 52 mags, I find that it has no merit.

From the “MONEY WHERE MY MOUTH IS” department. I’m happy to trade two of your plastic follower 52 magazines to my one. I can scare up probably a half dozen, so you guys that hate the plastic followers should be sending me PM’s right now!
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Old 04-05-2021, 07:16 PM
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I had 5 plastic follower magazines for my 52, and over the 12+ years I shot it I never experienced any feeding problems.
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I have probably 12 to 14 M52 magazines floating around my place. Some came with 52’s I bought, some purchased individually and some bought in pieces and put together. The split is almost even on plastics and steel followers. I find no problems with any of them even the ones pieced together. In fact I have been shooting the daylights out of a pieced together mag with a plastic follower waiting for it to fail. So far it’s faultless.

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I hadn't even thought about it as I have never had a failure or jam with my Model 52-2, although I admit that I haven't fired it thousands of times like some of you guys who fire them in competition.
I have four with plastic followers and two with metal followers.
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Old 04-06-2021, 07:21 PM
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Well surely the guys who constantly harp about the much inferior plastic followers can chime in here too?
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I will chime, plastic is junk! Use of plastic is a ploy and a way to cut costs.
Its just like frozen pizza. ****! Yea, I said it, and I stand by it.
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Okay, part two.

Now trade me two plastic follower 52 magazines to one steel follower 52 magazine.
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Well if I HAD 2 plastic follower magazines that were giving me grief I might just take you up on your offer. Seeing that I don't have any problems with plastic follower magazines I think I will just keep what I have and be happy...

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I did have problems with the plastic follower not catching the slide release and raising it to hold the slide back after the last shot. I took a very fine jewelers saw and made a cut across the width of the follower right at the top of the projection that catches the slide release. I epoxied a piece of a razor blade there and filed it so it would fit inside the magazine. No more problems. YMMV
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I have had problems like that before, but never with a 52 magazine with either follower. I have it with 5906 mags in my PPC-9, and in my 41 and 2206, and on the rare occasion with my 845. Haven’t seen in on the 52.
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I have more than a dozen Model 52 magazines that I have been shooting for several decades now.

I can not recall a magazine related failure

I never payed attention to the followers when I was buying magazines but then I had never heard how terrible the plastic followers were until I joined this Forum

I might have 3 or 4 with metal followers in the mags that I currently own and shoot

Whether it was a cost saving change as gmborkovic claims or not makes no difference. It is possible to save money during manufacturing and not alter functionality.

So the the question is do plastic follower magazines work or not?

Based on my experiences over a several tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition all I can say is they work for me
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