"DROP AWAY" FLOORPLATES,
. . . MAKING A GOOD THING BETTER
mags not falling out like they're supposed to? We hate that.
Shooting USPSA's "Limited 10" division (which requires 10-round mags),
taught us some hard lessons about the 9mm and .40 S&W 10-round magazines.
Drop-Away floorplate on
They don't drop properly.
Nothing is more aggravating than stopping a speed reload to strip out a
misbehaving magazine - particularly when you're in the middle of a match. It
costs time, it rattles your plan, and just shouldn't happen.
To combat this problem, I designed the "Drop-Away" floorplate - a solid
brass (weighted) floorplate that helps force your magazines to drop clear.
The "Drop-Away" floorplate closely resembles the old Glock "+2" floorplate
in profile, but is actually a "+0" model. Our design makes full use of
Glock's locking sub-floorplate, guaranteeing it will stay securely in place.
A surprise benefit,
the Drop-Away works wonderfully on the Glock 26/27.
There are now a couple versions of the 9mm 10-rounders, and I learned the
hard way that some of the early ones don't like 147-grain flat points.
Other shooters may have experienced different results, but the 147-grain
flat points that work wonderfully in my pre-ban mags jam roughly 1 round in
10 if I use them in my 10-round mags.
The .40's, however, run just fine, and will actually take the long
bullets that work so well with non-drop-free magazines. (I've shot quite a
few 195- and 200-grainers loaded out to 1.170, but I settled on 1.150 OAL in
order to get along with my other mags.)
Our floorplates are the first floorplates intended
solely for the full-size 10-round 9mm and .40 S&W magazines. Perfect for
"Limited 10," many of our sales come from Hawaiian
customers who use the 10-rounders full-time. Unfortuantely, these are
not legal for use in IDPA, which restricts the weight of the floorplate to
one ounce, and no more. (See our "Bling" floorplates, if you shoot IDPA.)
For shooters using a large magazine well like the Lightning Strike, JP,
or California Competition Works, extended plates like ours are
mission-critical equipment. Without them, you can't seat the magazine.
We recently re-contoured the Drop-Aways (both 9/.40 and
10mm/.45) to fit into the IPSC standard box, which should boost their
popularity even further. If you opt to shoot "Limited 10" (which we highly
recommend), these floorplates give your 10-rounders most of the speed, and
all the weight of the 10-rounder's high-capacity parents.