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Recently traded for an ECO and am glad I did. However, I do know that a roundbutt magwell is in my future.

The only aluminum one I am aware of is Wilson’s. My only question is this, my ECO has 25 LPI checkering on the front strap...the Wilson magwell has 30 LPI.

Is this an aesthetic mismatch? I have seen other ECO’s with this magwell and the fit looks great. Just concerned about the checkering.

Or I could just go with the xtac pattern.

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I purchased a used Les Baer custom carry. The seller installed a s&a 20 lpi magwell. The Les Baer front strap is 30 lpi. Nobody but me ever notices it and I don't even pay attention to it.

5 lpi difference, probably an un-issue, unless you are the type of person who obsesses over such a thing.

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I can't tell the difference unless I am looking REALLY hard. A round butt magwell on an officer frame is the only way to go for carry IMO. The Wilson magwell on an officer frame is still shorter than a Govt frame without one. I'd get the Wilson well without hesitation. I carry both a 9MM and a .45. Mostly .45. 9MM is more for range practice. Easier on the wallet. I really wished that Chen came out with an officer size magwell, but after careful review, (alabeit from photos only) I suspect the Wilson fits better on production frames that already have a rounded butt such as on the DW Vigil (pictured) or say, a Bruin. I certainly can't see the difference between the 30LPI MSH and the 25LPI front strap. EDIT: If your frame does not have a rounded butt from the factory like I mentioned above, then I'd definitely go with the Chen Magwell.

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Stan Chen is releasing one (for compacts) in the next few days, that would be my choice. You can see pictures of dozens of them on his Instagram page, he's a good follow
 
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Stan Chen self-installed magwells have worked out very well for me, even though I've got none on a compact. I have two on DW's, a 5" Valor and a Valkyrie commander. Both slid on with out a bit of fitting.
 

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I appreciate the info.

It seems like Stan Chen has a rep for superb quality and CS. I’m just curious as to how these will look on a roundbutt frame. That will likely be the deciding factor for me.
 

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Like the way these look a bunch.
Going to have to get one for the next build.
 
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