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    Angry mag base plate change

    bought a Pearce grip mag extension for my new Glock 30s. Having a devil of a time removing stock base plate. tried using a pen tip, paper clip and am not successful. Any hints??
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    They take a boat load of force, especially if it is the first time the base plate has ever been taken off. You really need a Glock Armorer's Tool (3/32" punch). Push the punch in as far as you can, which will usually result in the base plate insert displacing and ending up between the box of the mag and the spring. This is good because it gets it out of your way so that you can insert your punch as far as you can. Then, place your thumb on the front of the magazine and begin applying firm and deliberate pressure on the base plate, pulling it toward the front of the magazine to slide it off.

    You have to be really deliberate with doing this. Trying to be gentle will not work. Paper clips and pen tips won't even begin to work. The base plate was designed to be dropped several feet time after time and not come off The notch cut outs in the base plate have to get over the nodes on the bottom of the magazine box.

    Good luck and keep us posted
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    I usually use a punch or glock tool. Push the insert down, and while squeezing the sides of the magazine push the base plate off. New magazines are especially tough.
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    Somewhere around here is a post where I described my replacement of OEM base plates with Pearce pinky extensions. I got one of three done myself, but the other 2 were so devilish I took them to my local armorer. Instead of charging me for the work, he gave me $5 for promising I would never bring him Glock mags again.

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    the video was very helpful. Used a thin phillips head screwdriver and it popped off. Slid on the Pearce extension and it’s all good. Thanks to all who offered advice and for so quickly responding.
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