Extended Mag Releases

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    Extended Mag Releases

    When I got my Glock 27 I did not like the fact that mag changes/reload could not be done quickly and it was very awkward to push the mag release due to it's short stature.

    I bought and installed a really nice looking extended mag release with a nice gold anodized end on it. Life was great, I not only was able to change mags quickly but it looked cool too.

    I purchased a Maxcon V from Gary Brommeland, of course after going through a few other types of holsters and he enlightened me to the unsafe properties my gun now possessed. Of course I didn't really want to listen but once I opened my eyes and mind to someone that has been doing this a whole lot longer than I have it really clicked in my brain.

    The extension could easily get pushed while the gun was in the holster thus leaving me with one shot that was in the pipe. Not a good thing if you need more than one shot.

    So I put the original Glock 27 mag release back in. I just couldn't live with it though because it was way to short almost impossible to quickly drop a mag.

    I was checking out my friends Glock 19 and noticed that the mag release was a bit longer than mine. So I bought one from Brownells for a whole $1.97 and installed it. It works great! it is just a hair longer thus allowing me easy mag drops and without the fear that it will be activated by anything else. As close to perfect for me as it gets.

    So if you think you know everything, think again the guys and moderators on this board are awesome and really do want to help us all. And the Maxcon V is like heaven. It fits the gun so perfectly and carrying it strong side at about 4:00,,, sweeeeet! It fits my body soooo comfortably that you could easily forget it is there.

    Thank you Gary!
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    Here's a thought too, if this is a carry gun and not a competition gun, the likelihood of needing to drop a mag is probably not very high unless you are LE. If you have to reload a Glock, you are probably losing a protracted gun battle. If you think that a protracted gun battle is probable enough to carry an extra magazine or two, perhaps you should consider a second gun instead. New York reload.

    That would be my rationale anyway.
    Whatever doesn't kill you postpones the inevitable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugerman View Post
    Thank you Gary!
    You're welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowflyer View Post
    Here's a thought too, if this is a carry gun and not a competition gun, the likelihood of needing to drop a mag is probably not very high unless you are LE. If you have to reload a Glock, you are probably losing a protracted gun battle.
    I have to disagree a little bit. The way I've trained is that after any sort of shooting confrontation, when I think things are over, I'm going to do a tactical reload (replace the partially empty mag in my gun with a fresh one, assuming a full mag is available). Now, this is something I'd do after the shooting is over, so what's the rush? Well, the whole point of refilling the gun is that things might not be over, so it's best to get the reload done as quickly and smoothly as possible.

    So if I ever get into a confrontation where I have to use my weapon, I'm going to be doing at least one reload regardless of how many shots I fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    I have to disagree a little bit. The way I've trained is that after any sort of shooting confrontation, when I think things are over, I'm going to do a tactical reload (replace the partially empty mag in my gun with a fresh one, assuming a full mag is available). Now, this is something I'd do after the shooting is over, so what's the rush? Well, the whole point of refilling the gun is that things might not be over, so it's best to get the reload done as quickly and smoothly as possible.

    So if I ever get into a confrontation where I have to use my weapon, I'm going to be doing at least one reload regardless of how many shots I fire.
    I agree 100% - the guy who trained me always insisted that a reload ALWAYS be done after engaging all known targets, or before reholstering.
    However, I just do not think that an extended mag release is necessary, and in fact is a major liability. Good post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    I have to disagree a little bit. The way I've trained is that after any sort of shooting confrontation, when I think things are over, I'm going to do a tactical reload (replace the partially empty mag in my gun with a fresh one, assuming a full mag is available). Now, this is something I'd do after the shooting is over, so what's the rush? Well, the whole point of refilling the gun is that things might not be over, so it's best to get the reload done as quickly and smoothly as possible.

    So if I ever get into a confrontation where I have to use my weapon, I'm going to be doing at least one reload regardless of how many shots I fire.
    Not a bad idea at all. I think I was just looking at it from the 'in-the-fight' perspective.
    Whatever doesn't kill you postpones the inevitable.

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    Always reload when there is a break in the action,

    and thats all I got to say about that.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    Gary is exactly right. An extended mag release can be depressed while in the holster. That action unseats the magazine and turns a semi auto into a single shot.

    This is one of the advantages of the XD design that is seldom mentioned. The mag release is actually recessed, and protected by the grip itself. A great design feature.

    Gary is very knowledgeable about guns and holsters. I bet he isn't that happy that you bought a 27 because of the extra short grip. It is a lot harder to draw than a mid-size Glock grip.
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    I have experienced this firsthand on my G29.....
    Nothing more disconcerting than unholstering and having the mag smack your little toe with nothing but socks on! (For a second, I thought I had shot off my toe....)
    This is something best left to range only handguns....
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    I have the extended mag release and slide release on all my glocks. It is the glock OEM that goes on the 45 acp model. With my kydex holsters, I have never had a problem with releasing the mag unintentionaly.

    OTOH, I think the mag releases on my walthers and H&K are the bees knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    I have to disagree a little bit. The way I've trained is that after any sort of shooting confrontation, when I think things are over, I'm going to do a tactical reload (replace the partially empty mag in my gun with a fresh one, assuming a full mag is available). Now, this is something I'd do after the shooting is over, so what's the rush? Well, the whole point of refilling the gun is that things might not be over, so it's best to get the reload done as quickly and smoothly as possible.

    So if I ever get into a confrontation where I have to use my weapon, I'm going to be doing at least one reload regardless of how many shots I fire.
    I agree with that 100%.....you ALWAYS want a full load as soon as you can. You never know if the BG has a few friends hanging around....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sojourner View Post
    I have the extended mag release and slide release on all my glocks. It is the glock OEM that goes on the 45 acp model. With my kydex holsters, I have never had a problem with releasing the mag unintentionaly.

    OTOH, I think the mag releases on my walthers and H&K are the bees knees.
    Yeah, I have a FACTORY Glock 20/21 mag release in both of my Glock 22's - extends it out just right and I've never had an accidental mag drop. Actually, the only holster that I have ever owned that covered the mag release button is ironicaly the polymer Glock FACTORY Sport/Combat holster! But, no prob, I just took a razor and cut out a little notch around the mag release button...viola! Problem solved!

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    Ok I find myself out in my own field again. The factory stock releases were to small for me to work, so I put in some Glock extended ones and they were to long for me (kinda felt like I was holding a gun with an lateral viagra complication) so I did surgery.

    Out came the Deimmel and I snipped that extended release half way between what a stock and factory extended lengths and strippled the top and its been in dat same G19 for about 10 years. Love it and won't change it.

    But ya got to feel bad for the Glock.....he got an enhancement and reduction all in the same day, LOL.
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    fed wif a sig,
    I did the same thing, I put a extended slide release on my G27, but it was too long and kept digging into my side, disengaging the mag, but it never fell out. Sometimes when I drew my gun the mag would be loose and I'd have to push it in. So I shaved it down to a "middle" length and I've been happy ever since. I also put a extended slide release on it, and I love that with no complaints about it at all.

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    comp-tac really has their stuff together. The CTAC for my 22 covers the mag release. And with the extended mag release, the CTAC works wonderfully. It covers it and it does not touch the mag release while the gun is in the holster.

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