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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Mag release question

Iím right handed and my M&P40 FS is factory set up for the mag to be released by the thumb of the right hand from the firing position. However, maybe Iím just getting weaker in my years, but I have to twist my wrist to an unnatural position to get enough leverage for my thumb to drop a mag cleanly. How unorthodox would it be to switch the release to the other side so that I could release the mag with my trigger finger?


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Old January 21st, 2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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Well, I'm left-handed and find that having a 'right-handed' magazine release is quicker, easier and probably safer than switching it to a left-hand configuration. The chance only takes a minute or two and a thin screwdriver.

I say, go for it.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 12:32 PM   #3
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My wife is left handed, so I switched the release on her 9 Pro to the right side. When I shoot her gun, it's no problem at all to push the mag release button with my trigger finger.

I just have to remember which gun I'm shootin' as my .40 Pro is set up with the release on the left, so I use my thumb. Hope this helps!
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Old January 21st, 2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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Helps to hear that I'm not totally odd. But I wonder what an instructor would say. I wonder If I'd be making a bad habit that they would have to beat out of me. I used to have an M9 (Beretta 92) and for the life of me can not remember it being a problem at all. Maybe its just 20+ years of getting older and slower.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 03:13 PM   #5
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I'm right handed with the stock position of the mag release on the left side of the gun. After squeezing off the last round I find it odd to use my right thumb to release the mag. I just use my middle finger of my right hand. It seems pretty natural as my finger is near the mag release anyway, so I wrap it around a little further and hit the button. If I'm just holding the gun in a non shooting position I'll use my right thumb.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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I shoot right handed and have the release on the right side.
Rather than using my trigger finger,I use the first section of my middle finger.The part right next to my palm.
While shooting it sits just below the release so I just have to move it up a 1/16" to drop the mag.
Even though it sits very near the release,I've never accidentally dropped the mag.
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Helps to hear that I'm not totally odd. But I wonder what an instructor would say. I wonder If I'd be making a bad habit that they would have to beat out of me. I used to have an M9 (Beretta 92) and for the life of me can not remember it being a problem at all. Maybe its just 20+ years of getting older and slower.

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He'll say, "Does it work for you, and is it safe? Yes? Well, carry on then."
Good instruction doesn't care nearly as much about little things like 'method', as it does things like results.
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Results v Method

There's a scene in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid that serves to illustrate the difference and which is more important.

Do you remember the scene where Butch and Sundance have escaped to Bolivia and are trying out for the job of guarding the gold shipments in the bandit-infested mountain trails? The trail foreman asked to see how well they could shoot by aiming at a small rock 50 feet away. He wants to judge their shooting by the method they use.

First up is Butch who takes careful aim and barely misses the rock. Not terribly impressed the foreman wearily asks the Kid to do the same. Several times he takes steady, careful aim and misses the rock by a mile. With a look of disgust the foreman says they should look for work elsewhere.

Just as he was about to walk away, the Sundance Kid asks him “Can I move?”. ”What do you mean, can you move?” asks the puzzled foreman, to which the Sundance Kid replies with a lightning quick draw while falling to the floor, shooting as he moves and blowing the rock to smithereens.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 09:06 PM   #9
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I have to twist my wrist to an unnatural position to get enough leverage for my thumb to drop a mag cleanly.
Lots of folks go goofy foot on their mag release. If you're worried that it might be teaching you bad things, consider a smaller backstrap.
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Thanks guys. Love the sundance kid story...I sort of remember that scene.

I'll try the back strap switch first then flipping over the release to the other side.

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I have been shooting IDPA/IPSC for 10 years now and when I got the M&P I made the switch. I find it much faster to use my trigger finger to hit the mag release when competing. JMB put the mag release on the left side on the 1911 and everyone has copied him since. Note he was left handed and likely found hitting the mag release with his trigger finger was easier too.

I do let the SO/RO know I hit the mag release with my trigger finger. IPCS is anal when it comes to trigger finger violations.

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Lots of folks go goofy foot on their mag release. If you're worried that it might be teaching you bad things, consider a smaller backstrap.
Love the "goofy foot" KR! I'm gonna have to remember it!
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