Originally Posted by General Tsao
edit: if you're in CA or NY, as I expect you are if you have to get a permit to purchase, I guess this stuff won't matter to you unless you're willing to break the law (they have 10 rounds max, right?)
I live in NY and you can still own standard capacity magazines. The trick is you need a mag that was manufactured prior to some date in 1994. These are listed as "Pre-Ban" mags in online classified ads. You cannot buy a new-production mag that exceeds 10 rds. of capacity.
With a 1911 it won't matter since they don't carry over 10 rounds anyways.
But for a gun model that has been around for a while (lots of Glocks, sigs, etc) you can find pre ban mags for not much more than a new magazine.
I have a few 15-round preban mags that are NY legal for my Sig P226. Another trick is to not take the seller's word for it being preban. Go to a gun forum like ar15.com and ask people on there how to tell about your specific magazine and if it's preban or not. You'll probably get some nice photos and easy ways to tell.
The other way to immediately know if the magazine is not a preban is if it has a date stamped on it that is later than September, 1994.
But now that the federal ban has expired, a lot of manufacturers are not stamping dates on their mags anymore, so this is not a foolproof way to know if it's preban or not.