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    FNS-9 Ambidextrous Magazine Release Issue

    I have 3,850 rounds through my daily carry FNS-9. I love the gun but I've accidentally hit the ambi-mag release on the right side of the gun 5 times in those 3,850 rounds causing the magazine to be spit into the ground in front of my feet. Luckily this happened on the range every time and not in a "situation".

    I'm a right handed shooter and use a high thumbs forward grip. My left hand grip when shooting .20 - .25 second splits gets tight and squeezes on top of my shooting hand causing the accidental mag drop mid string. I know this doesn't sound like a lot of times in nearly 4,000 rounds but I can't have that happening on a gun that I carry daily.


    I called FN and they told me they don't make a non-ambi mag release and weren't aware of anybody that does. I called Midwest Gun Works in Missouri thinking maybe they would know of someone that makes one or have some suggestions for me. They weren't aware of anybody making a non-ambi mag release and thought that taking a Dremel to the mag release may be the way to go.

    So...off to the work bench we went. I removed the mag release to do the work. Works like a charm now!





    Last edited by Marshall Dillon; 04-28-2014 at 09:43 PM.


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    that looks great, did you do the stippling?
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    Excellent solution, nicely done!
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    Thank you, Guys! Once FN told me that a new mag release was only $18.50, I figured I'd give it a whirl. Honestly it turned out nicer than I thought it would. Since the mag release on the FNS is metal, the dremel only removes a little bit of metal at a time which made it tough to screw up. Very functional now.

    Islugz: The stippling was done by Chris Damato of Damato's Custom Stippling (www.damatocustomstippling.com). I read about Chris' work on several forums and had a chance to meet him at SHOT in Vegas back in January. I compared his work at the show with other big names (Sweaty, Muddy, Bloody, etc.) and his quality, attention to detail and prices were second to none. He's done two guns for me so far and two more guns for a couple of range buddies of mine who shot my FNS and liked it. I can't recommend him enough if you need any stippling work done.
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    Fn does have a slim prototype mag release. I wish they would make one with a large button on the one side and a slim on the other. Have a left and right version.
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    Stellar work! Better at the range, then standing during a confrontation starring at your mag on the ground! "SPEED IS FINE. ACCURACY IS FINAL" Mike Lamb.

    LETS GO!
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    FNH FNS-9 Longslide, Update 1? | Ballistic Radio
    Quote Originally Posted by Bear13 View Post
    Fn does have a slim prototype mag release. I wish they would make one with a large button on the one side and a slim on the other. Have a left and right version.
    I asked FN about that prototype because I read an article on Ballistic Radio about it when I was searching for a solution and the two folks I spoke with at FN were adamant that the prototype doesn't exist, even though I offered to email them the link to the article.

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