how to remove glock magazine base plate

To remove the base plate from a Glock magazine, follow these steps:

Materials you may need:

  1. Glock magazine with the base plate
  2. Thin, sturdy object (such as a punch or flathead screwdriver)


  1. Safety First:
    • Ensure that the Glock magazine is unloaded. Remove any ammunition from the magazine and confirm that the magazine follower is at the top of the magazine.
  2. Prepare Your Workspace:
    • Find a flat and stable surface to work on.
  3. Identify the Base Plate Retention Slot:
    • On the backside of the Glock magazine, you’ll notice a rectangular-shaped slot near the bottom of the magazine. This is the retention slot that holds the base plate in place.
  4. Press the Retention Tab:
    • Using a thin, sturdy object like a punch or flathead screwdriver, insert the tool into the retention slot. The tool should engage a small metal tab inside the magazine.
  5. Push In and Down:
    • While keeping the tool inserted into the retention slot, push it down and towards the front of the magazine. This action depresses the metal tab and releases the base plate.
  6. Slide the Base Plate Forward:
    • With the metal tab depressed, slide the base plate forward towards the front of the magazine. The base plate should move slightly away from the magazine body.
  7. Remove the Base Plate:
    • Once the base plate has moved forward enough, you can lift it away from the magazine body. Be cautious as the base plate might be under spring tension, especially if the magazine is loaded. Hold the base plate securely to prevent it from flying off.
  8. Inspect and Clean:
    • With the base plate removed, you can inspect and clean the interior of the magazine for any dirt or debris. Pay attention to the magazine spring and follower.
  9. Reassembly (if necessary):
    • If you needed to remove the base plate for maintenance or cleaning, simply reverse the steps to reassemble the magazine. Slide the base plate back onto the magazine body, making sure the retention tab engages properly.
  10. Test Functionality:
    • After reassembly, insert the magazine into your Glock pistol and cycle it to ensure proper feeding and function. Ensure the base plate is securely attached.

Always exercise caution when working with firearms and firearm accessories. Follow proper safety procedures and treat every firearm as if it is loaded. If you are uncomfortable or unsure about disassembling your Glock magazine, seek assistance from a knowledgeable individual or a certified armorer.

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