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Ragnar Danneskjold
February 16, 2009, 04:44 AM
I have somewhat small hands. As such I have somewhat of a large problem operating the magazine release on auto-loaders that have the push button release, like Sigs, Glocks, Beretta, etc. So far the only magazine release I can really use effectively is the ambidextrous lever style that is found on the Walther P99 and various HK handguns. I can really only use push-button mag releases if I use the weak hand thumb while maintaining a 2 handed grip. If I have to drop a mag one handed, I am forced to rotate the weapon in my hand so that I am able to reach the button, thus drastically altering my firing grip.

Does anyone else have this problem?



*Mods, that should be "thumbs" in the title

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CWL
February 16, 2009, 05:57 AM
you can buy aftermarket extended mag releases. If you still have a problem with these, then you'll need to have a gunsmith weld an extra bit of metal to the mag-release so you can reach with your primary hand.

Work with a good gunsmith, he'll help you with a design that will work for you but will still be safe to carry.

Ragnar Danneskjold
February 16, 2009, 06:02 AM
Unfortunately, I am going into law enforcement, where mods to firearms such as that are highly prohibited. And AFAIK, 99%+ of departments use Glock/Sig/or some other weapon that uses the push button releases.

I carry a P99 personally, so I'm goo to go for now. I just doubt that whatever department I end up working for will allow me to use the P99 or an HKp30 on the job while everyone else uses some issued Glock.

Rexster
February 16, 2009, 02:21 PM
Guys, it is the INTENTION of most pistol designs for the mag release button to be out of reach of the thumb! Is is NORMAL to have to rotate the weapon just a bit. Long-thumbed guys have to be careful not to dump their magazines unintentionally.

Rexster
February 16, 2009, 02:24 PM
Look here: http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=399108

Ragnar Danneskjold
February 16, 2009, 02:27 PM
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Interesting.

GRIZ22
February 16, 2009, 04:12 PM
[Does anyone else have this problem?
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Yes and I deal with it as you do. I have short fingers.

[I]Unfortunately, I am going into law enforcement, where mods to firearms such as that are highly prohibited. And AFAIK, 99%+ of departments use Glock/Sig/or some other weapon that uses the push button releases.

I carry a P99 personally, so I'm goo to go for now. I just doubt that whatever department I end up working for will allow me to use the P99 or an HKp30 on the job while everyone else uses some issued Glock.
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I spent about 31 years in LE most of it as an instructor.

I think your problem is only a minor inconvenience.

9mmepiphany
February 16, 2009, 05:14 PM
there really is a very simple solution, just switch the mag release ove to the other side.

this is easily done on the Sig or Beretta. it doesn't change the gun as it was designed that way at the factory

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