Mec-Gar says they’ve made 100 million magazines so no wonder they’ve got it right. The carbon steel tubes are heat-treated for strength, so there’s more to this than meets the eye. They’re made even more durable with high-tensile music wire springs and steel followers. No messing around here. Mec-Gar has been making magazines for over 50 years, and is the supplier to many gun makers and custom gunsmiths. I’d call this “qualified” to make magazines for we mere mortals, eh?

NovX says “Move over lead — the range is getting cleaner.” Okay, I said this, not NovX, but it’s still true. Our test NovX 9MM+P cartridge has a stainless-steel case loaded with a 65-gr. bullet. Don’t underestimate this non-expander, the 9MM+P is traveling at 1,710 fps. According to NovX, the fluted projectile is designed to inflict “devastating tissue damage.” NovX designed this ammo with more energy and velocity but with less recoil (lightweight bullets mean less thump in the hand). Does this mean faster follow-up shots? You have to shoot it and find out for yourself. We think so from our initial shooting impressions.