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Old 04-07-2011, 07:53   #1
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Glock 36 shortened 5 round magazine!

I've been toying with the idea of shortening one of my G36 magazines to 5 rounds for a while now, and have finally figured out how to make it work. I haven't had a chance to functional test it yet, but hope to do that this week.

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Old 04-09-2011, 07:27   #2
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Test fired it yesterday with 50 rounds of FMJ and 6 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense and had absolutely no problems! Success!!
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:46   #3
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Nice job, sounds like you made your own "ideal carry pistol". Could you provide the new measurements?
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:51   #4
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How does the baseplate attach?
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Old 04-09-2011, 16:26   #5
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Very cool. Good job.
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Old 04-09-2011, 16:29   #6
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Old 04-09-2011, 16:34   #7
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How does the baseplate attach?
Yeah, how?
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:28   #8
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I used the regular G36 base pad and cut/filed it down, along with cutting the magazine tube down. Then I drilled some .030" holes spaced about .3125" along the bottom of the mag tube. The holes were also about .031" from the edge of the mag tube. Then I used .020" stainless safety wire and threaded it through the holes, kind of like sewing, and looped it back, creating a new lip for the modified base pad to slide onto. Lastly, I used Fastweld 10 adhesive along the safety wired edge to permanently hold it in place. The follower and spring can be removed from the top of the magazine for cleaning.

Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics of the process. However, I do plan on making another one...this time hopefully with a finger rest extension similar to the one that GAP Enterprises sells. I will take pics of the process for that mag.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:11   #9
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Nice job... there a chance of plate popping off and dumping the ammo

... don't they sell steel GAP plates that achieve the same purpose without butchering the baseplate and retains function of the plate?

Your only gaining what 1/4", and losing a round.

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Old 04-13-2011, 10:55   #10
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Fastweld 10 has a Lap Shear Strength of 2800 psi and a Tensile Strength of 3850 psi, so I don't believe that it will ever come apart.

I checked the GAP website and all that they sell is the polymer base plate for the G26, 27, 33, and 39.

I haven't measured the exact difference of the modified mag compared to the factory mag, but it does make the gun feel like the G27, only thinner.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:07   #11
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Where did you get the Fastweld from?

Is it Fastweld 10, 2 part epoxy? Always good to know a good adhesive. Thanks.

I use Plexus MA300 BTW.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:45   #12
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Yes, it is Fastweld 10 2-part adhesive. I've been using that adhesive for years.

It can be ordered here:
http://www.carbon-fiber.us/huntsman-...-kit-p-25.html

or

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...nadhesive2.php
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:56   #13
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Old 04-23-2011, 19:13   #14
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The other day I was thinking of a way to make my g30 like the 26/27 by chopping the mag but wasnt sure how to go about the rest. Nice job!
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Old 07-09-2011, 18:06   #15
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New to forum very intrested in g36 magazines

As stated in the title i am new to the forum. I would like to know more about this magazine conversion. Tools used, time, pit falls if any, maybe some pics.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:24   #16
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Request for more info. on magazine conversion.

Could you please supply more information regarding this conversion of glock 36 magazines. What tools used, time needed, any pit falls experienced or expected pictures in greater detail. New to the forum.

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I've been toying with the idea of shortening one of my G36 magazines to 5 rounds for a while now, and have finally figured out how to make it work. I haven't had a chance to functional test it yet, but hope to do that this week.

Here are some pics:
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Old 07-11-2011, 18:14   #17
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Looks good.. if that's what you like but I would rather have the one round if it's only 1/4" shorter. 5/16 well thats different
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Old 07-16-2011, 20:59   #18
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Old 07-24-2011, 21:11   #19
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The other day I was thinking of a way to make my g30 like the 26/27 by chopping the mag but wasnt sure how to go about the rest. Nice job!
Why would you do that with a g30 since they already make a 9rd, flush base magazine for it?

http://www.glockmeister.com/G30_30SF...tinfo/G30MAG9/
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Old 07-25-2011, 19:48   #20
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Dose it really make that much difference?
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:47   #21
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I will pay you to make me a couple

Complaintguy, I would love to have a couple of these G36 five round flush fitters for pocket carry. I would be happy to pay you for your troubles, parts, shipping etc.. I can't find a way to contact you via this site. If you see this post, please private message me by clicking on my log on name, Mick10mm. Thanks, Mick
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:00   #22
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I used the regular G36 base pad and cut/filed it down, along with cutting the magazine tube down. Then I drilled some .030" holes spaced about .3125" along the bottom of the mag tube. The holes were also about .031" from the edge of the mag tube. Then I used .020" stainless safety wire and threaded it through the holes, kind of like sewing, and looped it back, creating a new lip for the modified base pad to slide onto. Lastly, I used Fastweld 10 adhesive along the safety wired edge to permanently hold it in place. The follower and spring can be removed from the top of the magazine for cleaning.

Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics of the process. However, I do plan on making another one...this time hopefully with a finger rest extension similar to the one that GAP Enterprises sells. I will take pics of the process for that mag.
That's brilliant. I've shortened my fair share of metal magazines (just heat and bend for new feet), but had dismissed the possibility of doing this with any GLOCK magazine!
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Old 03-20-2013, 20:54   #23
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Very nice job! Is the OP still active on here?
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Very nice job! Is the OP still active on here?
he hasn't been around since May 2011....
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