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Am fitting Pearce grips to my new G26 Gen4. Carried 1 new mag. to the gunshop to see how different Pearce grips felt, and they moved a couple on and off seemingly without any trouble. I decided on the +2 extension, leaving the one on the mag that I bought, and taking a second home.

Attempting to install the second, I had LIVING HELL getting the baseplate off. To the point to where the interior plastic piece with the tit got turned sideways where i could do nothing but cut it off with a box cutter, then installed the new +2.

Today, I bought another +0 extension, with the frickin Glock tool. I spent 30 mins. trying to get that baseplate off. Before I just quit. By no means have weak hands! But these things seem to be one ROYAL PIA to get off. Even if you did it routinely for maintenance.

Tricks to the trade? Am I missing something. :confused: Any suggestions helps!
 

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Seems like the newer ones are much tighter. I had to get a pair of vice grips and (gently) squeeze the sides together on my G26's mags for the GAP floorplates.
 

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Yup the sided are pretty stiff. Pinch hard. I also stick the glock tool all the way in flipping the base plate clip vertical that gets me a little leverage with the handle of the tool to pry forward.
 

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I also had problems taking the baseplate off on my new 10 round Gen4 magazines for my upcoming Glock 26. I want to have some extra magazines ready for the range, and to practice taking them off. I'd heard that the baseplates were hard to remove, but after trying for about 1/2 hour I couldn't budge those freaking things. I finally pried them off within 10 seconds, without scratching/damaging the magazine and had no trouble putting on the Pearce grips. The original baseplate was a little damaged but are no longer needed.
 

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Seems like the newer ones are much tighter. I had to get a pair of vice grips and (gently) squeeze the sides together on my G26's mags for the GAP floorplates.
This is what I do as well. I wrap a scrap peice of rubber around the mag first so I dont scratch it. Dave
 

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Here is my secret: I buy mine from a gunshop that has a gunsmith that does it for free if you buy them there.
 

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I use a set of pipe gripping pliers. They work great, there is however a little learning curve. But practice makes perfect.

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As an experienced GLOCK owner, I have found the best way of disassembling GLOCK mags to be the GTUL (pronounced "G-Tool"). This handy design slides over the magazine body and compresses the baseplate locking lugs, allowing the user to simply slide the baseplate off of the magazine with little or no force. The GTUL has been invaluable to me, as I frequently disassemble my magazines for routine cleaning and parts replacement. If interested, you can find the GTUL on Midway USA's website for $11.95, I highly recommend it!
 

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Any time I get the baseplate off for the first time, I cut off the locking tabs on the magazine. Makes is very easy to remove the next time.
 

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The other thing I found is when using the Glock tool or other small punch to press on the nipple so you can slide out the base plate, make sure you push the small plastic plate inside the magazine fairly far. If you don't, that plastic plate keeps you from depressing the sides of the magazine in far enough to slide the base plate off the notchs on both sides of the magazine. And vice grips work great with a lot of padding around the magazine to avoid scratches.
 

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Ha, ha. I thought I was weak too! Wound up putting the damn thing in a vice with very light pressure and a towel to protect it. Then it just slides off like it should. Make sure you get the Glock tool down deep so you get leverage off the side of the mag. Gonna get the GTUL for my box.
 
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