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Glock 36 shortened 5 round magazine!

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by compliantguy, Apr 7, 2011.


  1. compliantguy

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    :cool: 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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    Test fired it yesterday with 50 rounds of FMJ and 6 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense and had absolutely no problems! Success!!:cool:
     

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    Nice job, sounds like you made your own "ideal carry pistol". Could you provide the new measurements?
     
  4. frank_drebin

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    How does the baseplate attach?
     
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    Very cool. Good job.
     
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    Yeah, how?
     
  8. compliantguy

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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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    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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  10. compliantguy

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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. :cool:

    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.
     
  11. cciman

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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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    Awesome! I want it!:thumbsup:
     
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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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    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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    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.

     
  17. ironmike86

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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 :supergrin:
     
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    Dose it really make that much difference?