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Old 06-19-2018, 5:29 PM
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Default G26...Need Extended Mag Release?

Just got a G26 Gen 3 out of jail today. In checking the mag release, the mags do not release with a basic thumb slide/push....I have to turn the gun sideways and push the release directly in, literally twice as far as I want to, before the mag pops free.

Are all G26s like this? Who has switched to an extended mag release....and did it solve the problem?

Or would I have to modify the magazines some?

I want to add it to my CCW....but it needs work, it is unacceptable as it stands.


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I have a stock Gen 3 and have no issues with mine. Is yours new or used?
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I have a stock Gen 3 and have no issues with mine. Is yours new or used?
Used...from the Marketplace

Appears in great condition, otherwise.....

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I am having the exact same problem with my brand new G29sf.

I ordered an extended magazine release from Magill's Glockstore.

It has yet to arrive in the mail so I do not know if it will rectify the issue or not.
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I have a g27, the same frame but in .40. I never noticed an issue with the mag release. I used in in IDPA for a couple years, so I would have noticed any issues.
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Get yourself a Vickers mag catch. It falls perfectly in between stock and extended catches.
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The Vickers/Tango Down extended mag release is the way to go.
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Googled the “issue”....seems a certain percentage of owners note similar issues with the stock mag release. Either our thumbs are not positioned at a good angle or the button is finicky/vague/mushy.

I’ve played with it off/on for the last 20 minutes, just not able to get repeated ejections. Guess I’ll order up a Vickers....

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I put extended releases on all my glocks- even my ccw ones.
No issues at all. Depending on your holster, it could cause an issue.
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Just a thought from a long-time Glock user who's seen some folks struggle with the mag release. I believe it's mainly a technique-issue and due to the design, a person needs to ensure his/her hand and fingers are absolutely clear of the opposite side of the mag catch as it needs to protrude from the right side as the left side is depressed.

The Vickers mag catch should still be a good part to install, but still won't help if the right side is being blocked by one's hand/fingers somehow.
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I've got the same issue with my 26 but not my 36. It's all part of the Glock Perfection.
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I've got extended mag releases on all of my Glocks (17, 26, 21 and 30). I just like it better than stock.
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If you are going to CCW a glock with a extended mag release, depending on the holster and where you carry, you may find the extended release jabbing into your skin. I left the extended Glock mag release on my "range / IDPA match" glock but took it off the one I sometimes carry.
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High speed and low drag aside. Changing mags is a 2 handed operation. Gun runs dry. Grab full mag. Mag hand/thumb pushes the button, out pops the empty mag. In goes the full mag and run the slide and you're in business.
You also have the benefit of not changing your grip at all.
OP should shoot the thing a bunch before accessorizing it right out of the gate IMO. Training issue
For a ccw I just don't like extensions on any of my guns. Competition guns are different animals. Ergos/speed /precision rule the day. No?

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High speed and low drag aside. Changing mags is a 2 handed operation. Gun runs dry. Grab full mag. Mag hand/thumb pushes the button, out pops the empty mag. In goes the full mag and run the slide and you're in business.
You also have the benefit of not changing your grip at all.
OP should shoot the thing a bunch before accessorizing it right out of the gate IMO. Training issue

For a ccw I just don't like extensions on any of my guns. Competition guns are different animals. Ergos/speed /precision rule the day. No?

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I practiced with mag changes last night for quite a bit on this G26....don’t need to go shooting to eval that....and yeah, the problem is that I have to alter my grip rather significantly to get repeated mag ejections, even then not 100% effective. This release is just hard to push the required travel distance 100% of the time....the spring is firm and the button is short.

The Vickers, by pictures and reports, seems to be only about another 1mm longer or so in length, so that may be all I need.

My only other Glock is a G34 that comes with a Glock extended mag release, but I don’t think I need or want one that long since it’s an intended CCW application.

This “accessory” is cheap and reversible....not a big experiment.


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I'm wondering if the previous owner deeked with it.
Maybe take it apart and see if something looks wrong.
All of my Glocks feel the same with regard to the mag release. I edc a g26 and it's stock except for the sights.
If the button is too hard to push then something is askew.
People play with these things because they're easy to work on. Sometimes that's a bad thing.
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I'm wondering if the previous owner deeked with it.
Maybe take it apart and see if something looks wrong.
All of my Glocks feel the same with regard to the mag release. I edc a g26 and it's stock except for the sights.
If the button is too hard to push then something is askew.
People play with these things because they're easy to work on. Sometimes that's a bad thing.
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Good idea....I’ll take the stock one off, make sure it’s “clean” and the spring is not binding, or sumpin’.

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I set up all my Glocks the same way. G34/35 Extended slide release and a extended Mag release with a button on it.

I used to buy JP Enterprises Mag Releases but they quit making them so anything with a button on it is what you want.

and then some decent sights.

Here's a pic of my G23. I used the Tru Glo Fiber Optic/Tritium sights on it and they are very visible day or night.

I also trim the trigger safety blade down to where it is flush with the front face of the trigger when it is fully compressed. This prevents putting a groove in your finger on long range days.

I would also recommend the Pearce Mag Spacers for G19 or G17 mags so you can get the extra capacity and a full grip on the gun. You could use these only on your back up mags and keep the short one in the gun for concealability.

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Good idea....I’ll take the stock one off, make sure it’s “clean” and the spring is not binding, or sumpin’.

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So, I took off the stock mag release....it’s clean and no issues. It’s just that the spring is firm and the button is short and hard to press reliably with my thumb, without altering my grip more than I want.

No big deal, hopefully the slight extension of the Vickers will solve MY thumb press issue. Others note similar, guess it’s a YMMV thing.....like I said, my G34 extended release is fine for my thumb pressure. The G34 factory extended release is what I am used to as far as Glocks. This G26 is just different from that one.

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If you are going to CCW a glock with a extended mag release, depending on the holster and where you carry, you may find the extended release jabbing into your skin. I left the extended Glock mag release on my "range / IDPA match" glock but took it off the one I sometimes carry.
I had to file the the edges of my Glock extended mag releases because they scratched the heck out of my side. Too damned sharp.
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On all my 9mm/.40 Glocks I buy a 10mm/.45 mag release and switch it. I lightly sand/chamfer the sharp edges and it works great. The 10/.45 mag release sticks out further than stock and is easy to push. Plus it's a factory part. I like to keep my Glocks simple and reliable. I have tried aftermarket extended mag releases and didn't like them. Glock mag releases are pretty inexpensive also which is an advantage.
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I've got extended mag releases on all of my Glocks (17, 26, 21 and 30). I just like it better than stock.
Totally opposite for me.
Just remove your mag release and reinstall it making sure that the metal thingy is seated correctly.
I don't see any benefit to adding an extended mag release.
And they do dig into your side. And you can accidentally drop your mag with your support hand pretty easily. Especially if youre left handed.

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This is hard to troubleshoot over the Intarwebz. First inclination is to order a gen 3 spring and mag release from Glock. Install and test.

https://www.glockmeister.com/Magazin...s/products/93/

I will say I tried the competiton part from Glock and it was too long. It would periodically release due to pressure from the holster or belt, depending upon the rig. It also dig into my hand while the gun was recoiling.
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Only problem I had with my G23 and G27 were the mag release being sharp on the edges. A little bit of beveling with a medium file solved that.

The only Glock I have with an extended mag release is my G35, but it’s strictly for range/competition use only.
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Like others have already mentioned, I too have extended mag releases on all my Glocks. Its the first mod I make to them. Its a cheap part too.
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I don't like extended mag releases on any of my Glocks. Never had a problem with the stock one, and the extended gets in the way.
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I tried a Gen3 G26 at the range, and experienced the same difficulty getting the mag to release without having to turn the gun to the side, so I bought a Gen4 (PPT) and it works great.
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Best thing to do is send it to Lone Wolf Distributors and have them modify it with an Oval Mag release. It extends the release rearwards similar to Gen 4's.

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I had a magazine release bevel done on my G19 frame and installed a Vicker’s extended mag release. I no longer have to adjust my grip to press the mag release.
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I tried a Gen3 G26 at the range, and experienced the same difficulty getting the mag to release without having to turn the gun to the side, so I bought a Gen4 (PPT) and it works great.

Yup, that is my issue. Suppose a long thumb or bigger hands might differentiate those who have issues or not.


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Any pics? Like a shallow, elongated bullet-shaped cut?


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Ok, so just received and installed the Vickers extended mag release and it definitely works better. By eyeball, the Vickers is about 1mm longer than stock, which does the trick for me

Now to go shoot/qualify this and put it on the license. Thanks to all

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Ok, so just received and installed the Vickers extended mag release and it definitely works better. By eyeball, the Vickers is about 1mm longer than stock, which does the trick for me

Now to go shoot/qualify this and put it on the license. Thanks to all

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As ya may or may not know... The Gen 3 model 29 & 30 factory does have the extended mag release not sure about the gen 4. If you compare it with the factory compact, full & sub it's a bit longer like the factory extended. You can put the 29/30 mag release on them and I'll stick out just a bit more than factory oem stock, which is way nicer on the finger/hands. Unlike the aftermarket or factory extended, where it sticks out way to much. This type of swap, It's like... It should come this way from factory. It's a must!
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