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If this has been brought up before I apologize, but in another thread I saw several folks showing their carry styles, and I noticed that they carry the extended mag in their compacts and the flats in their mag pouch. How do you guys feel about switching back and forth, personally I was ok with both styles but found that the ext was more comfortable for my hand. As I started shooting regularly in preparation of adopting a new carry gun I found that my grip style and draw were affected by switching the mags. It started driving me crazy trying to shoot switching back and forth and I eventually went and bought an ext (while I was still waiting for the rebate mags). Is this just me? It felt like every time I switched the mags I was starting all over, and it was taking me twice as long to get comfortable with the gun. If, god forbid, it ever has to leave my belt anytime other than bed I want to know that it will feel like I have trained. I can attest to training kicking in during high stress incidents, and training is consistency……Ext in the gun, extended in the pouch.
 

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After trying the flat base mag at the range i decided that i did not like my pinky unsupported. It totally changed the feel of the grip to have my pinky wrap underneath the gun. So called SW and got them to send out a pinky base and now i have them on all my carry mags.



It probably does help concealability to use a smaller profile mag base. So its a trade off.



Personal Preference i suppose.
 

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Thats a very good point. I like the extension and practice with the extension. But I carry with the falt mag. I should either carry with the extension mag or practice alot more with flat one. I'm leaning towards using the extension mag full time as thats what fits most comfortable.
 

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I became used to shooting "pinkyless" by firing thousands of rounds through the G26.

Now that I have a M&P compact, I prefer the flat base.
 

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YukonGlocker said:
I became used to shooting "pinkyless" by firing thousands of rounds through the G26.

Now that I have a M&P compact, I prefer the flat base.


I was looking at the G26. How does it compare to the M&P? I've never shot a Glock
 

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I've been leaning towards the pinkyless mag lately.

I've never had the dreaded mag drop even with full size mags but I figure it's pretty hard for amag to drop free with my pinky under it.



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My carry mag is pinkyless, my backup has it. I practice regularly with both, usually in that order too.

I'm quite use to it, I use to carry and shoot a G27 pinkyless as my primary mag, that had very snappy recoil.



I can shoot a little better with the pinky extension, but it doesn't conceal as well. Its starting to get cold and I'll be wearing sweatshirts more so I'll probably start carrying the pinky extended mag with one as a spare too.





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nofoa said:
After trying the flat base mag at the range i decided that i did not like my pinky unsupported. It totally changed the feel of the grip to have my pinky wrap underneath the gun. So called SW and got them to send out a pinky base and now i have them on all my carry mags.



It probably does help concealability to use a smaller profile mag base. So its a trade off.



Personal Preference i suppose.


I have only fired 245 rounds through my 9mmc, and trying both the entended mag with the "pinky base" and the flat base mag (I have two of them). For now, I think I like the feel of the extended one. So my question is -- is the "pinky base" another term for the extended mag, or is it actually a part added to the flat base mag? Kind of a dumb question, but I am new to all of this
 

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Yeah same thing, atleast what I was talking about. Some of the guys have come up with true extensions but I was refering to the "pinky base"
 

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Yeah same thing, atleast what I was talking about. Some of the guys have come up with true extensions but I was refering to the "pinky base"


A little confused by your reply -- is the "pinky base" something you add to the flat base so you have a pinky rest, or are you talking about the extended mag that has a pinky rest :?: If it is something you add to the flat mag, does SW sell it?
 

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I am not talking about mag capacity at all I am talking about the "pinky extension" like the one on this picture
vs the flat base.
 

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I prefer the flat base mag. For some strange reason I have more control. Maybe it’s the high-grip I’m forced to use or better coverage with my support hand, or both. Dunno, it just works better for me. And I have big hands! Go figure.
 

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Basically put, it's what you're comfortable with.



The extended plate gives more support, and therefore more precision - I don't think there's an argument there. It's simply empirical (i.e. more grip = better control). The flat base plate is better for concealability, since it effectively shortens the grip size (and therefore the amount of direct control your hand has over the weapon).



Personally, I feel the Compacts are small enough to where I can use the pinky extension and not have to worry about printing very much, if at all. Some people don't have a body that lends itself to carrying concealed, so they may need to do all they can get...and that's the skinny of it.



An X rd magazine is an X rd magazine. If you're cool with having your pinky below the plate, or if you're not, it's your decision entirely. When push comes to shove and you draw that weapon in defense, the more comfortable and proficient you are with your current setup, the more likely you will survive that occasion. This goes for CCW and all types of combat.



Bottom line: Go with what you're comfortable with, and train that way repeatedly.



Hope that clears up questions, not the reverse
 
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