Magazine Compatibility

A reader recently asked me to give the low-down on magazine compatibility vis a vis the Jericho. I’ll go a step further for you, and finally put a bunch of Internet misconceptions to bed based on personal experience.

The Israelis mostly made two types of guns:

Tanfoglio full-size, small frame: BUL Cherokee (gen 1 and gen 2), BUL Storm, all full-size and semi-compact Jerichos

Tanfoglio compact-size, small frame: BUL Storm Compact, Jericho Compact

Read on for my findings, plus some information about BUL M5 magazine compatibility.

To address the Tanfoglios:

  • Mec-Gar 16rd CZ-75B magazines: these work in ALL the guns listed and are flush-fit. They stick out pretty far in the compact-size guns. (Greg Cote’s website implies these don’t work in the second-gen BUL Cherokee… that is not my experience.)
  • Mec-Gar 17rd small frame Tanfoglio magazines: these work in ALL the guns listed, and appeared to be flush-fit. They stick out pretty far in the compact-size guns.
  • Mec-Gar 13rd CZ-75B “compact” magazines: these work in the compact-size guns. They stick out a bit – not much, but enough to be annoying.
  • Mec-Gar 12rd Tanfoglio “compact” magazines: these work in the compact-size guns, and are flush-fit.
  • E-Lander 16rd magazine with plastic floor plate: these do not lock in on metal-framed Jerichos! I have not tested them with the polymer-framed BUL Cherokee yet.

OK, now let’s discuss the BUL Impact/M-5 magazines. I only have access to a Gen-1 full-size frame, a BUL Impact, and a Gen-2 Ultra-X frame. (One of these days, I will shell out for a Gen-2 full-size!)

  • Para Ordnance P-14/P-18 magazines: the mag catches are too low to work in the BUL Impact/M-5. You will need to file the top of the mag-catch until it locks in.
  • Para Ordnance Warthog magazines: these do not work in the BUL Impact/M-5 – too short!
  • BUL Impact magazines: these will work in the Ultra-X, but I felt that feeding was not reliable without replacing the follower.
  • BUL M-5 magazines: these will work in the Impact, but there’s no LRBHO activation without replacing the follower.
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