Pearce floor plate finger extensions for 1911 7rd mags?

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    Pearce floor plate finger extensions for 1911 7rd mags?

    Pearce makes some useful floor plate alternatives to standard magazines, for many pistols, that add a finger extension to the floor plate. Works very well on smaller Kahr, Glock and other pistols. Problem is, Pearce does not seem to make them for Officer's size 1911's. I want to add a bit more length to the front side of my 7rd 1911 magazines, in much the same way as the Pearce floor plates do.

    Question: Do you happen to know of a finger-extension type floor plate alternative (like what Pearce does) for 1911 single-stack magazines, such as the 7rd and 8rd Wilson Combat mags?
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    I bought a few Wilson Combat 8 round mags, and they came with grip extenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    I bought a few Wilson Combat 8 round mags, and they came with grip extenders.
    From Wilson? Which ones, specifically?

    Keep in mind I'm uninterested in "base pads." Rather, I'm only interested in finger extensions that hold the pinkie finger on the magazine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    From Wilson? Which ones, specifically?

    Keep in mind I'm uninterested in "base pads." Rather, I'm only interested in finger extensions that hold the pinkie finger on the magazine.
    I dunno, I just ordered Wilson 8 rd. mags. Here's a picture of one in my pistol.

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    Something like the XGRIP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Something like the XGRIP?
    Yes, something like that.

    The Pearce units replace the existing flat floor plate in a magazine. Looks like this XGrip unit allows a larger magazine to have the extra gap taken up much like a "spacer." According to the web site, it slides over the magazine and stops up against the existing floor plate's raised lip.

    Preference is to allow an existing 7rd Officer's 1911 to be a bit more controllable, like what Pearce allows on the Kahr P380 or PM9. I'm not really interested in having to use longer, 8rd magazines on the gun. Still, it's a good idea worth evaluating.

    Thanks for the link!

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    I dunno, I just ordered Wilson 8 rd. mags. Here's a picture of one in my pistol.
    Thanks. That does look like a finger-extender type lip, though I don't see that type device anywhere on the Wilson web site.
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    Wilson offers their 8 round mag body with an extended base plate, so that they can be run in a shorter officer grip. It won't give you a finished-off butt of the grip, but it will allow you 8 rounds, and extend the frontstrap down around 1/2," allowing for more control when that sucker kicks!

    Take a look at them, you may find that it will offer the control you're looking for, while not adding any more bulk to the end of the grip. This could assist in concealment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YFZsandrider View Post
    It won't give you a finished-off butt of the grip, but it will allow you 8 rounds, and extend the frontstrap down around 1/2,"
    I'm aware of the butt pad approach that most vendors take, including Wilson. It's not really what I'm looking for. Thanks for the reminder about the butt pads approach.

    I am trying hard to avoid adding any length, which all of the +1 or +2 options do, and which all the other alternatives seem to do as well. This effectively helps to defeat the concealability inherent in the Shadow's slim frame and grips, slim magwell, small butt plate.

    At most, I would like to simply add a moderate amount of grip to the front of the magazine that grabs the last finger a bit more positively ... in similar manner to how the Pearce finger extenders do what they do.

    There just doesn't seem to be any firm that makes such a device for the 1911, even Pearce. I suppose I could fab a design. Everyone's alternative adds length. Which might well be the only option. Still looking.
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    I understand what you're asking for, a finger extension, not added mag capacity. I don't know if anyone makes them for the 1911s, but you may be able to use one for the countless other designs (such as the M&Pc series) with a little modification.
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    If a simple "finger extension" is all you're looking for, then I don't think I've ever seen one, although it would be a good idea for those with meaty hooks. Usually, you see them available for shorter gripped pistols (G26/27, Kahr PM series), but the officer length seems long enough for most average size hands to manage all fingers on.

    OD* mentioned the XGrip above, but was referring to their larger extension. The website also shows a "recently released" shorter extension that has a smaller pinkie extension on it, but it is intended for use with full size mags

    http://x-grips.com/products/1911c1pc.html

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