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maestrogustav
01-17-2013, 07:12
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.

jay1975
01-17-2013, 07:25
If it's a Gen 4, have her (or help her) flip the release and she can use her trigger finger. If it's a Gen 3, tell her to get an ambi switch like the one sold at Brownells or C&S:

http://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/frame-parts/magazine-release-parts/magazine-releases/ambidextrous-magazine-release-for-glock-reg--prod24007.aspx

http://www.cylinder-slide.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=CS0328

bennie1986
01-17-2013, 07:30
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.

Montblanc
01-17-2013, 07:32
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.

Arc Angel
01-17-2013, 08:16
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)

cfr
01-17-2013, 08:59
If it's a Gen 4, have her (or help her) flip the release and she can use her trigger finger. If it's a Gen 3, tell her to get an ambi switch like the one sold at Brownells or C&S:

http://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/frame-parts/magazine-release-parts/magazine-releases/ambidextrous-magazine-release-for-glock-reg--prod24007.aspx

http://www.cylinder-slide.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=CS0328

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?

jay1975
01-17-2013, 09:01
crf, they do not need Gen 4 mags since it is basically a canter-lever added onto an existing Gen 3 mag release.

maestrogustav
01-17-2013, 12:48
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?

SCmasterblaster
01-17-2013, 12:52
Well if you don't waste your ammunition, you won't have to reload as often. Just kidding.

cfr
01-17-2013, 14:58
crf, they do not need Gen 4 mags since it is basically a canter-lever added onto an existing Gen 3 mag release.

Thanks!

danattherock
01-17-2013, 17:58
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.

Arc Angel
01-18-2013, 06:38
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.

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!) ;)