After the Area 1 Championships in Eastern Washington, I discovered a small crack on the plastic SVI grip of my Open Gun. This is from loading to 29 rounds in my 170mm magazines and shoving it into a gun with one round in the chamber. This repeated stress led to this infamous crack in the grip right at the mag release button.
Luckily my gunsmith JPL (http://www.jplprecision.com) has a stock STI plastic grip. Took it home and made the necessary modifications to the magwell to remove excess plastic and make the funnel smooth…
Also took the opportunity to cut two finger grooves under the trigger guard to get a higher purchase on the gun and smoothen out the edges just above the mag release button hole. This is so that my fingers won’t be bruised by a sharp edge.
There we go, all done and back together again.
I’ve been having problems with my Kimber’s magazine release for a long time now. Sometimes, the magazine never ejects completely and does not fall freely. This problem is hard to troubleshoot because it happens only occasionally. It’s frustrating when it happens during a match because that can cause me up to a second during reloads. Thanks to a brilliant & fellow shooter, Emanuel, he recommended that I take a look at my mag release, namely the left part of it. Sometimes, if you press really hard (not hard to do while shooting a match because of adrenaline), the left part of the magazine release protrudes out of the frame of the magwell and holding the magazine up.
Here’s a pic of the magwell at rest :
and if I press it really hard :
The fix? dremel around 1mm of metal off from the left side of the mag release, and test it in the gun for fit. Once it fits, polish it so there won’t be any hangups.
I’ve been shooting my XDm in USPSA Limited category and have been wanting to add these updates for a while now. You know that the .40 S&W is snappy and very stout and one of the ways to help is to increase the weight up front. I did that by getting a Tungsten Guide Rod from Canyon Creek. I also got the Tungsten Magazine release to help with the weight & reaching the mag release button without changing the grip.
The guide rod protrudes a little but doesn’t change the overall length of the gun.