I have several compact and sub-compact pistols that all exhibit the same malady – the grip is too short for my hand. Something was needed to allow my hand to fit on the handle of the pistol. I found that something to be magazine extension from Pearce Grips (http://www.pearcegrip.com/Products).
To date my Glock G26 and G36 have magazine extension base plates, as do several Springfield XDs and Springfield Xdm compact pistols. My preferred grip extension just allows my little finger to join the rest of them on the grip of the pistols without adding capacity to the magazine. This extension allows for the use of the magazine spring that comes with the magazine. Although available for selected pistols, +1 and +2 round capacity magazine extension allow for greater magazine capacity at the cost of having to replace the magazine with one of longer length that keeps the proper tension on the cartridges.
Replacing existing magazine bases is fairly straightforward, but there are some precautions to be noted.
Improper removing and installing magazine base plates can result in loss of magazine parts, thus rendering the magazine inoperable. Ensure that procedures for removing and installing the magazine base plate are followed to prevent loss of magazine parts and subsequent failure to operate.
The magazine floor plate and base plate are under extreme spring tension. Wear appropriate eye protection when removing and installing magazine base plates to prevent possible eye damage.
Magazine Base Plate Replacement:
Author’s Note: I normally go through this procedure with the magazine in a large see-through plastic bag. There is a lot of spring pressure in these magazines and sometime the thumb that is holding the floor plate can get tired and, well, stuff happens and parts fly outward from the magazine. The clear plastic bag keeps the parts from flying too far. This happened to me on one occasions with a Springfield magazine that is now a source of a new spring and follower, as Springfield does not sell individual magazine parts – I had to purchase a new magazine after the floor plate flew into the “black hole’ in my work room and was never found. However, for the sake of illustrating the procedure, no bag was harmed during the making of this article.
- Pin punch or Glock Tool.
- Safety Glasses.
- The replacement extended magazine base plate,
- Ensure that you have a solid work place with a non-slip surface.
There are Pearce magazine extension for virtually all manner of pistol; Glock, Springfield, Kahr, Ruger, etc.
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