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Im new to USPSA(4 matches under my belt) and I ve been shooting limited with my G34 and 3 magazines. Im going to move into production and as Ive been researching gear ect, I noticed that some people are shooting in production with aftermarket base pads.  Does it help with reloading and ejecting the magazine?  

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We use them for two reasons: the first is a pinch more weight to help empty mags fall more quickly.

 

More importantly? Better ergonomics when it comes to drawing a mag with a good engagement with the heel of your palm. So they index and seat consistently.

 

However, practicing reloads at home several nights a week will make you much faster than new basepads will. It’s free too. Just not as sexy.

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49 minutes ago, Beginnersonly said:

Does it help with reloading and ejecting the magazine?  

IMHO - the answer is NO...

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I personally think they’re a waste of time and money in production. When I moved to Limited, they were necessary to accommodate a mag well with the added bonus of extra capacity. One more advantage in addition to those mentioned above: most basepad designs allow for easy mag take down which comes in handy if shooting in dusty environments where you might need to clean out mags mid-match.

 

Also echo that if this is your fourth match, reload practice would be a lot more valuable than basepads. But this is a hobby designed to drain your bank account. If you’re feeling the need...

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All the above reasons, and if you ever decide to shoot co, or limited minor you have the extra capacity that aftermarket base pads provide.

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On a Glock I think the weight could help the mag drop.

 

That said, two years in production with a G17 I can count the number of times a mag has hung on one hand with fingers leftover. Some possibly all of those were Magpuls, so I only use OEM for standard cap. now.

 

Taking Glock mags apart is a chore. Never done it to my own, never needed to. Dropped in sand, gravel, grass, puddles, and snow, stomped on, doesn't matter, brush off, load up no issues.

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The biggest advantage I find with aftermarket base pads is that their more durable for some mags.  I run 16 round mecgars for my CZ 75 Shadow and the factory base pads on those magazines will dent and become difficult to remove after a few hard drops.  The aluminum aftermarket base pads are indestructible.

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Thanks for all the info fellas.  I'll just stick to practice reloads at home for now, especially since they are $$$.  Ill save the money for ammo

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