Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What's the trick to removing the factory mag release?
- The magazine release is secured (on the opposite side) by a plastic retaining plug's locking tab that sits inside a ramped channel on the magazine release. The internally held tab is accessed through a disassembly hole that is visible when fully depressing the magazine release button. Pushing a rod into the hole bends the tab, allowing it to slip over and out of the way of a retaining wall lip at the end of the ramp.
INSTRUCTIONS: UNLOAD YOUR FIREARM. With the release button in a horizontal or downward facing orientation, SIMULTANEOUSLY apply thumb pressure to FULLY EXTEND the magazine release while,
- EASY - Using a small picture hanger nail, grip-able push pin, or T-pin. Insert the tool into the disassembly hole at a 45 degree angle and apply pressure while rocking the handle of the tool down towards the grip, as to "PRY" the retaining plug out.
HARDER - Using a steel L-shaped rod or hex wrench less than or equal to 1.4mm (0.055") diameter. FLUCTUATE PRESSURE on the tool as it is inserted into the disassembly hole. (Too much pressure effectively pins the entire retaining plug against the grip module wall. Too little pressure will not sufficiently bend the tab to clear the lip of the ramp it is resting in.) Simultaneously, hook your thumb nail into the notch exposed on the fully extended retaining plug. LIFT STRAIGHT OUT.
- With hundreds of holsters on the market, there is simply too many to verify. We recommend checking your holster of choice to see if it partially or fully covers the magazine release. While most rigid injection molded or thermoform plastic holsters are drop-in ready and clear the magazine release, a few may require relieving the material covering the release by touching it to a Dremel® or other sanding/buffing tool to fit. Otherwise, a heat gun or hair drier may be used to soften *only* the affected segment of Kydex/Boltaron and then reformed by fitting the enhanced pistol in the holster and allowed to cool. *Disclaimer, make sure you take all safety precautions by wearing appropriate protective gear and are familiar with the manufacturer's recommended operation of any tools you utilize. Any modifications made to your equipment is your responsibility. Align Tactical, LLC will not be held liable for damages made. If you are not comfortable operating tools or following these modifications, seek appropriate assistance or consider a supplemental holster that does not cover the magazine release.
Can't I just flip the "right-handed" OFFSET Extended Magazine Release to the other side for us lefties?
- It will physically install, however, doing so would negate the benefits of our release. This is because the grip-blending bottom cutaway portion of the release will be on the top, thereby lowering your grip on the pistol as the OFFSET button is pushed lower down the grip frame.
When are you going to have a "left-handed" version of the OFFSET Extended Magazine Release?
- 9 out of 10 people are right-handed so it makes sense to bring it to market first. When there is enough demand to cover tooling, we look forward to adding the left-handed version to the product line and those who sign up for the "wait list" below will be the first updated.
Why does the part appear to have a brownish sheen?
- Parts ship with a light coating of an oil-based protectant that absorbs into the steel after application of the Black Oxide finish. This improves corrosion resistance during storage and can be wiped off the button face before use. The finish should be black without discoloration, if not let us know and we'll replace it.
What grip modules will this work on?
- The OFFSET Extended Magazine release is designed to replace any grip module that makes use of the triangular factory magazine release, such as Sig's standard and X-Series® grip modules (including Legion® series) and 3rd party modules such as Wilson Combat's WCP320®. However Sig's aluminum AXG® grip module is not compatible as it uses a different style of rounded release.
Why am I shifting my grip to actuate the release?
- There are two grip styles to be aware of that impact the amount of leverage you have on a magazine release. Grip the pistol in one hand and check if it aligns through the center of your forearm. This is a "vised grip" with front-to-rear clamping pressure and should provide adequate thumb reach for most shooters. However, if the pistol's centerline is offset from the centerline of your forearm, it pivots your thumb rearwards and trigger finger forwards, shifting leverage away from the release to the trigger. This style of grip is often used by "double-action" pistol shooters who need additional reach and leverage to pull through heavier triggers that are set farther forward. While potentially a future taller competition-only paddle may help address double-action grip types, this product was designed to work exceptionally well in both carry and competition as a balance between the two.