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Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by OhioGlock90, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. OhioGlock90

    OhioGlock90

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    I picked up a couple pierce extensions for my G26 today, figured changing them would be easy enough....... The floor plate is refusing to come out!!! I have depressed the spring, im pushing in on the side and still nothing. I even watched a youtube video on it to see if i was doing something wrong.... Is there something im missing? is there a trick to getting them out the first time? please help
     
  2. stolenphot0

    stolenphot0 RTF2 Addict

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    I have had some new mags that required me to squeeze the sides with channel-locks the first couple times. I've had others that just pop right off.
     

  3. ejes

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    Sometimes you have to get pretty forceful. You generally don't have to do it, but on stubborn ones, I put a long, small diameter punch or screwdriver down the hole as far as it will go and leverage it against the side of the mag to push against it. It will come, you just have to be firm and forceful without being rough Push firm, steady and hard; you won't break it. After you do it a time or two, they will get easier.
     
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  4. OhioGlock90

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    yeah the floor plates have also positioned so i cant push it down. i have to try to find something to push something else... I'll try the channel locks
     
  5. stolenphot0

    stolenphot0 RTF2 Addict

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    channel locks will scuff the plastic.
     
  6. g29onboard

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    The easiest and safest way is just to grab a big rubber foot C clamp and place it on the sides of the mag then pop your screwdriver or punch in the hole and pry firmly. Pop!
     
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  7. OhioGlock90

    OhioGlock90

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    yeah i used a clamp, i also used a rag so no scuff marks
     
  8. ejes

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    They will flip down out of the way. I'm sure you see what I mean now that you have them open. I would discourage using channel locks to squeeze the mag in the future. The metal liner can get bent.
     
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  9. M24C

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP2a3w6Ji7c"]Removing Glock Magazine Baseplates - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  10. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    That is a terrible video. Never, ever use a tapered punch on a Glock or Glock magazine, as it may enlarge the holes.

    To remove a magazine base:

    1. Insert a Glock tool sharply, all the way to the handle, flipping the locking plastic insert over.
    2. Using the tool for leverage, pull forward about 1/2in while squeezing the top of the tube.
    3. remove the tool, cover the base with your weak hand while sliding the base forward and off.

    Takes less than 3 seconds.
     
  11. R2D2

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    I find this little tool a great help. I fit on the mag, push down the botton in the base plate then sqeeze the tool and it pops right off. If I have a lot of them to clean, then I use the Gtul in a vise to hold the mags, no scuffing

    http://mygtul.com/
     

  12. This is how I've done it for 20 years, as well. No squeezing, no cursing, no bent mag tubes, just a good bit of leverage with the correct tool.
     
  13. dhgeyer

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    I've found that you have to squeeze the sides of the mag in quite a bit to get the tabs to disengage. But, you have to push the locking plastic down first, as it won't move easily with the sides squeezed in that far. I tape wooden shims where the tabs are, and put the whole thing in a vise to squeeze enough. I make the shims just thick enough to disengage the tabs but not so thick as to deform the mag.

    I only do this once. After I get the floor plate off the first time, I cut the tabs on the sides of the mag off with an Exacto saw (very fine) and a very sharp woodworking chisel. There is no real need for them. The stud on the locking plate holds the floorplate on just fine, just like every other brand of pistol.
     

  14. This is how you do it properly.
     
  15. robhic

    robhic WOLVERINE!!!! Platinum Member

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    Another vote for the GTUL. Works easily and you get a brush to clean those babies out after you (easily) get the mags apart.
     
  16. PVolk

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    I always cut mine off. Provided that I never intend to reinstall the OE base, which I never have done. It takes about 15 seconds to cut one off and it's done without pinching and/or scuffing anything.


    EDIT: That GTUL tool looks pretty handy though!
     
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  17. SFla27

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    ^^^ This, this, this, this and this! ^^^

    I used to have considerable difficulty removing the base plates off the magazines. Even when using the Glock tool as recommended. It seemed the plastic plate between the spring and base plate didn't move into the proper location, combined with my inability to adequately-press down on the sides of the tube.

    The GTUL takes all guesswork out of the equation. All of it. Makes it so much easier, it's well worth the price of the tool.

    1. Slip on the GTUL onto the magazine.
    2. Using the Glock tool / punch, press down (all the way, as normally recommended) on the plastic insert.
    3. Press the GTUL sides inwards (not much force is required)
    4. While pressing the GTUL together, pull the Glock tool / punch back (while inserted) to move the base plate forward and off the magazine tabs.
    5. DONE!! Easy peasy.

    Two thumbs up.
     
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  18. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    This is true. ** IF ** it is not a brand new magazine.

    I have fairly strong hands, and was not able to do 90% of my brand new ones using this procedure. The GTUL "squeezer" (the orange thing that comes in the kit) allows supplying more pressure to the sides of the mag.

    Once the plate is off the first time, yes, it is much easier thereafter.

    So, Danny.... not being a jerk but making it sound like "it's so easy" is a bit of a disservice to newbies or those who've never done it before. It makes them feel like they're not capable in some way. Heck, I was a Harley Mechanic for 4 years and have quite a bit of experience with manhandling things, and still struggled with baseplates the first time out the gate.

    Heck.... Detail stripping a receiver THE FIRST TIME is not easy. The pins can be very hard to push through. I have had to lean considerable body weight with all 4 of my guns the first time I did that job. And I support the gun across a roll of duct tape with the pin-hole being in the middle of that.

    Next time around, pins are much easier to remove.

    OP... can't over stress how much easier the GTUL is to assist you in the job.
     
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  19. Glock 1

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    Yep, this is how I do it too.
     
  20. Glock 1

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    I sell Glock 26 & 27 packages on GunBroker and I upgrade all my mags with these (3 mags each). I have changed out more than a hundred brand new mags. If done correctly. It's just a flick of the tool and its off. You don't even have to squeeze the sides of the mags.