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Pros and Cons of mag releases

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by slzy, Jan 31, 2008.

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  1. slzy

    slzy Member

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    please expound on the strength and weaknesses of heel mounted to side mounted magazine release.
     
  2. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

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    the only advantage of the heel release that I can think of, is that the magazine drops into your hand. It's nice for a range gun.
     
  3. Miked7762

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    Side mounted:

    Pro: You can release the magazine and drop it at the same time your other hand is reaching for a new magazine.

    Con: Much more likely to leave the old magazine if you are on the move. Firing hand often must be repositioned to reach the release button.

    Heel mounted:

    Pro: Firing hand usually does not need to move. Old magazine comes out directly into your hand.

    Con: Somewhat slower to reload since the non-firing hand must perform all tasks. More likely to accidentally bump the release.
     
  4. Chuck R.

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    One other positive for the heel release is that with pocket pistols the chances of accidentally dumping the mag are reduced.

    I've got two heel release guns a .32 and my SIG230, on both of mine the mag is staying in there until I really want it out. It does significantly slow reloads though as neither of mine will let the mag drop free. Removing the mag is a two handed operation.

    There's also little chance of someone with little training/experience dumping the mag by thinking the mag release is a safety:D

    Chuck
     
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