Pistol Gear Slide Release Review

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  1. agalindo

    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    I received my Pistol Gear Extended Slide Stop this week. I decided to wait till this week end to write a range report so that I would have some time with it at the weekly steel shoot. So I spent a few hours shooting steel and doing reloads while shooting the Texas star and some poppers, and I was really impressed with how easy it was to release the slide without having to shift my gun as much as usual. The slide stop sticks out a bit farther back than the OEM version and this allows you to engage the slide stop and drop the slide without having to shift your grip as much as with the shorter OEM stop. Since the Pistol Gear slide stop also sticks out to the side a bit more it's also easier to engage and push down and seems to require a bit less effort to drop the slide. All the edges are rounded so there is nothing to snag on as you draw and nothing to dig into your thumb which is also nice.


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    Another neat feature this slide stop has is how it sits higher up on the frame close to the slide, this comes in handy for those that keep engaging the slide lock while shooting. The slide stop has a thinner profile which allows your thumbs to sit under where the OEM slide stop would normally be without actually touching the new slide stop and accidentally locking the slide.



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    The following pictures show the Pistol Gear slide stop at a side angle and one from the top. Notice how the side view shows a thin long slide stop and the top angle shows how it is wider allowing for an easier engagement by the thumb. Although it is thinner than the OEM stop it is in no way overly thin or weak.

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    This picture shows the Pistol Gear slide stop next to the OEM slide stop. The thinner Pistol Gear stop is also longer extending further back.

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    This picture shows how the longer Pistol Gear slide stop leaves more room for the thumbs and help eliminates the possibility of accidentally locking the slide halfway through a mag.


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    All in all I really like the design and quality of the Pistol Gear slide stop and I highly recommend it. The Pistol Gear stop is a great mod and will improve your speed reloading. Installing it is a snap, it wonÂ’t take you but a few minutes.

    I'm going to post an install guide ASAP.
     
  2. SouthernSaltine

    SouthernSaltine XDTalk 500 Member

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    VERY NICE WRITE UP! I think I will just have to get me one after reading this. Thanks.
     
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    mhillsing23 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Looks good. I tend to slingshot the slide, but I do like this for the lower profile and less chances of your thumb causing a premature slide lock.
     
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    Excellent write-up agalindo... you've just peaked my interest. Thanks again!
     
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    I really like this part. Have you tried it on an XDm? I believe they are interchangeable.
     
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    Excellent review, now I have another mod to think about. This new part really looks good on the XD pistol.
     
  7. agalindo

    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Hoping to get the how to install posted this weekend.
     
  8. agalindo

    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    OK I've had some time to complete my installation how to.

    1. Field strip your gun. Follow the manual to do this you haven't done so yet.

    2. You'll need two tools for this project. A small hammer, and a 3/16 punch.
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    3. You need to drive out the pin marked with the red arrow. Don't drive it all the way out. All you need is to drive it out about 1/4 ich just enough to allow you to remove the old slide stop.

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    4. Below is a picture showing you about how much you need to drive the pin out. From the picture below you can see how much of the pin needs to be driven out.

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    5. Once you've driven out the pin. You can remove the punch and remove the old slide stop. Pull up and back on the slide release it should come out with very little effort. As you pull up you'll feel a bit or eisistance from the spring that holds the slide release in place and you pull back you shouldn't feel resistance.
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    6. Once you've remove the old slide stop take some time to look at the area it was removed from. The slide release sits under the spring (red arrow). When you install the new one you will need to push it under this spring.
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    7. Installing the Pistol Gear slide stop is basically doing the opposite of the uninstall. Angle the slide top so that it fits under the spring (red arrow) and push forward and down.
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    8. Once you pushed the slide stop under the spring you will feel a slight push from the spring allow it to go down against the frame. Now adjust the slide stop so that it sits in it's regular position. Notice how it is under the spring (red arrow). Is is also sitting in it's normal position slightly back (red arrow).

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    9. Now insert the punch from the left side while wiggling pistol gear slide stop so that you can position it. You will feel the punch go in and contact the pin. If you push a bit the pin should come out a bit further. Now push the pin to the left until the punch comes out. You might have to wiggle the punch a bit to align thing as you push. Once the punch is out you can give the pin a slight tap on the right side to seat it.
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    I will be making additions and correction to this post soon.
     
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    Good guide, thanks!
     
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    Good job on this mate! Gave you props on another thread by linking to this write-up.
     
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    Thanks, agalindo



    That makes this very tempting to me, as I am one of those who tends to place the thumb on the slide release so that the slide never locks back.
     
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    Nice job Agalindo. I plan on this being the first upgrade to my new XD.
     
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    I love this post and plan on using you guide when pistol gear gets some back in stock I have also thought about just changing to the XDm slide stop lever I love the triangular shape of that one. Has anyone else made this mod or changed the XD ssl to the XDm
     
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    Me too! :smile: I love my XD but I feel awkward unless my thumb rests right where the slide release sits. Like I don't have a firm enough grip. Or maybe it's just my insecurities coming to the surface...;)
     
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    fngrobert XDTalk Newbie

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    This should work in the Sub-Compact too, right?
     

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