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Smith & Wesson Model 422 Magazine Question/Issue

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by weblance, Mar 23, 2013.

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  1. weblance

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    I bought a Model 422 today(6" black, fixed sights). The owner gave me 2 S&W magazines with the pistol, one a 12 round with orange follower, the other, a 10 round with black follower. I was looking the magazines over, and the 10 round magazine doesnt have a hole in the baseplate to push in the pin. How do you disassemble this magazine, and can it be converted to 12 rounds by cutting the underside of the follower? Thanks
     
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    The 10 shot magazines are designed to be difficult to convert to 12 round capacity.
    Since the 422 uses the same magazines as the currently available Model 41, just buy a couple new made 12 rounders. If you can find any...
     
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    Yes... I found out the answer. You cant take them apart. I pried up the floorplate, and the way they are made, they have a tab that is bent 90 degrees from the floorplate, and then the magazine body is crimped at the bottom in 4 places. The crimps wont allow the 90 degree tab to pass, and thats the way a standard magazine would come apart. I was able to bend the floorplate back in place, so the magazine isnt ruined. I also got two new S&W 12 round magazines from Midway, so I will be set. When things settle down, in a year or so, I will pick up a couple more. Thanks for the post.
     
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