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New Glock shooter: trouble with mag release

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by maestrogustav, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. maestrogustav

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    A female friend with a touch of arthritis in the hand is learning the Glock, getting ready for Gunsite.

    She cannot thumb press the mag release without changing her grip substantially. Weakness in her thumb.

    Would an extended mag release help her? Any other equipment or techniques?

    As you know, she'll be working it pretty hard at Gunsite.

    Thanks.
     
  2. jay1975

    jay1975 Ultra Master

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  3. bennie1986

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    Im new to glock as well and noticed on my new gen 3 23 that the mag release was really stiff. It got way better after i practiced reloads about a hundred times.
     
  4. Montblanc

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    Perhaps a Walther or H&K or another German pistol with a trigger guard mag release would have been best, they are already ambi and you can use your index finger or thumb.
     
  5. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

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    Stop being so conventional and start thinking, 'outside the box'. Have her use her OTHER THUMB. ;)

    If you put an extended magazine release on her Glock you're going to introduce a whole new set of problems that, on occasion, she's going to have to deal with. (Like unexpectedly dropping her magazines)
     
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  6. cfr

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    I had no idea these existed. I'm a lefty with a 3rd Gen Glock 27.

    It doesnt look like these would require Gen 4 mags, can someone please verify? Also, anything bad to say about these things?
     
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  7. jay1975

    jay1975 Ultra Master

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    crf, they do not need Gen 4 mags since it is basically a canter-lever added onto an existing Gen 3 mag release.
     
  8. maestrogustav

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    This is all good, thanks!

    The shooter in question is RH, the pistol is Gen4, and we did discuss the possibilities of continuing to use her left hand to hit the button, or to switch the mag release to the other side.

    I'm a leftie myself, and I use all my semi autos in traditional RH setup, including my Glocks. You are correct, this definitely allows better finger leverage.

    Frankly I also find the new mag release rather awkward when I'm shooting right-handed.

    I'm wondering what the folks at Gunsite would recommend; any ideas before we call them?
     
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  9. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    Well if you don't waste your ammunition, you won't have to reload as often. Just kidding.
     
  10. cfr

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    Thanks!
     
  11. A very small amount of gun oil on the mag release and working the release many times repeatedly may help. If she is using a new gun, this may make more of a difference than you might think.
     
  12. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

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    Don't do that! (You'll end up with the magazine on the ground at your feet.) Glock's plastic magazine release is NOT one of the strong points of Glock's design. (Never has been!) ;)