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Old 05-02-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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Mag release spring replacement.

I'm having trouble finding the correct tool to remove the magazine release so that I can replace the spring with something a little less stiff.
I tried a 1/16 allen head but it didn't feel like it was tight enough and I do not want to strip anything. So can someone help by telling me what to use?
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:45 PM   #2
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It takes very little pressure to turn the catch. It is not a screw. Depress the mag release button about half way and turn the Allen head catch about a third of a turn counterclockwise. The whole assembly then comes out. You will then see how it works.
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I've also seen videos of folks wanting to lessen the spring tension of their mag release. They simply cut one or two loops off the end of the spring. Apparently it doesn't take much, so you may want to stick with one loop at a time.
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I've also seen videos of folks wanting to lessen the spring tension of their mag release. They simply cut one or two loops off the end of the spring. Apparently it doesn't take much, so you may want to stick with one loop at a time.
Sounds a bit like the "poor boys trigger job" that many do on revolvers..

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Yeah I know about the screw not being a screw, it's just a 1/4 turn to get the spring out but what is the correct tool to do the 1/4 turn with?
Its not a standard screw head but I think it's an allen head. I seen somewhere that it was a 1/16 size allen but my 1/16 allen doesn't fit snugly.
And I'm not crazy about snipping anything off from the spring so I got an assortment of springs from Brownells that should let me get the release I'm looking for.
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:52 PM   #6
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I took a pic of it, doesn't look like an allen but more like a Torx.
What do you guys think?
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Originally Posted by groeberdirtz View Post
Yeah I know about the screw not being a screw, it's just a 1/4 turn to get the spring out but what is the correct tool to do the 1/4 turn with?
Its not a standard screw head but I think it's an allen head. I seen somewhere that it was a 1/16 size allen but my 1/16 allen doesn't fit snugly.
And I'm not crazy about snipping anything off from the spring so I got an assortment of springs from Brownells that should let me get the release I'm looking for.

The right size allen key is 1/16".
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:29 PM   #8
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After changing the spring to a lighter one the fully compressed length will be less than the standard one. Which means that the release can pressed deeper which if you use too much force will result in the mag being trapped and not dropping free. I too change to a lighter spring.

Use a 1/4" parallel round file to cut the radius deeper to prevent trapping.
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I ended up using a T-7 Torx. It fit like a glove. It's for sure odd because everything I could find online said it was a 1/16 allen.

Thanks for your help guys. Lesser spring makes it much easier for my weak thumb.
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If it is your carry gun don't go too light. And ensure the release is not getting depressed causing the mag to unseat due to holster flex etc getting in and out car and other movements.
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