Weak-Hand Safety on the Mag Release?


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Tequila jake
March 5, 2007, 05:47 PM
My hands are so small and my thumbs so short that my strong-hand (right) won't reach the magazine release on any autoloader with a double-column magazine and many with a single-column mag, e.g., 1911. My Kahr PM9 is O.K., as is a Kel-Tec 3AT, but I want a bigger pistol for belt carry, something like a 1911, a BHP, or maybe a Glock.

If I could find a pistol I like with an ambidextrous mag release, or one that I could move to the right-hand side so I could use my trigger finger to release the mag, that would be fine, but many of the pistols I like don't allow for this.

So, I'm considering using the thumb of my weak-side hand to push the magazine release. I know this would slow down reloading, but since I'm not an LEO, I doubt I'll ever need to reload in a SD situation. And if I do, it probably wouldn't be any slower than reloading my S&W 642, which is my normal CCW.

Opinions? Suggestions?

Tequila Jake

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Walkalong
March 5, 2007, 06:00 PM
The XD has an ambi mag release and is a fine weapon.:)

tvdilbert
March 6, 2007, 01:53 AM
It's a valid technique -- the idea being that you never break your grip with your strong hand. When you rotate the weapon an bring it into your body, your weak hand thumb presses the magazine release. With a minimum of practice it is just as fast as other styles of reloading.

- Jon -

Feanaro
March 6, 2007, 01:41 PM
HK's USP and P2000 series pistols have ambidextrous magazine releases.

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