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View Poll Results: What do you prefer for subcompact?
Flush 15 34.88%
Pinky extension 17 39.53%
Base pad 6 13.95%
I hate subcompacts 5 11.63%
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Old 02-15-2019, 7:02 PM
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Question Flush, pinky extension or base pad?

For those with any subcompacts, what do you prefer? Flush, pinky extension, or base pad? I just switched from a pinky extension to base pad and not sure how much better I like it, but I do like that the base pad is +1 and brought the magazine size to 10.

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Old 02-15-2019, 8:10 PM
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I use the plastic pierce plus one mag bases with my Glock 27, have for a very long time. They are very durable and dependable, I like the extra purchase for my little finger while not adding much in terms of size to the grip. They are also inexpensive.

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Full size. Stubbies are for sissies.
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Oddly enough, I prefer both my Shield and my G26 with the shortest magazines. Not what I expected, but that’s how it turned out
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On a smaller gun (G43, Shield, etc), I like running a Pearce +1 pinky extension.

On a G26, I like running a G19 mag with a spacer sleeve on it.
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I use pinky extension on the Glock 42 and 26, flush fit on my Walther PPS M2 is actually very easy for me too shoot with and a tad more concealable.
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Flush mag with MagGuts on my shield. I didn't like how much the pinky extensions and extended mags printed.

Extended mag with MagGuts for spare mag.

If not a carry gun, then definently would go with longer grip.
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Pinky extension for my P30SK, does print more but I adjust the cant angle a little.
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Full size. Stubbies are for sissies.
+1. Well not full size. Glock 19 size. And it's not that stubbies are for sissies. It's simply that a stubby isn't a gun I would ever actually want to fight with or bet my life on. But if I were to carry one, it would have the pinky extension at a minimum. My preference would be for a base pad for more rounds. But once you start adding base pads, you're really back into a glock 19 size grip. And at that point, I'd much rather have a G19 size gun. YMMV
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An extension on a M26 works out to be a snub nose M19.
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My EDC's, whether OWB or appendix, will always use extended mags for capacity. With my pocket pistols I prefer flush. The pinky extensions that come with them are never used, even at the range.
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If I was to carry my G27 it will have the standard base pad for concealability, and my spare mags have the extended base pad. My S&W BG380 have all the pinky extension installed on all the mags.
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On a smaller caliber, I would say flush mag. I have a Ruger LC-9, it feels better with the pinky extension but when shooting I seem to do just fine with the flush mag. With the G-27 though, I think the pinky extension is needed to control the somehow magically simultaneously "Short and weak" yet "Snappy" .40
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Full size. Stubbies are for sissies.
That's what she said

(that's sig material btw, going to use it)

OP, I had the pierce extension on my 43 and 26 and I preferred those over anything else after I sanded down that lip/edge.
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I tried the pierce extension on my g26 and didn’t like it. The problem is that my pinky rests right on the joint between the grip and the extension. So After firing just one round, I could feel a pinch on my pinky which formed into a blister after just 30 or 40 rounds.

So I’m much more comfortable without the extension and I shoot just as accurately without it as well.
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Extension for better grip ... when it's needed
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An extension on a M26 works out to be a snub nose M19.
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+1. Well not full size. Glock 19 size. And it's not that stubbies are for sissies. It's simply that a stubby isn't a gun I would ever actually want to fight with or bet my life on. But if I were to carry one, it would have the pinky extension at a minimum. My preference would be for a base pad for more rounds. But once you start adding base pads, you're really back into a glock 19 size grip. And at that point, I'd much rather have a G19 size gun. YMMV
Exactly. I get the concept of the extension, but at least with the 26/27, I can't get over the feeling that I've missed the point of the subcompact and should just have a 19 or 23.
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I have a G43 with x1 mag being the flush fit and x2 mags equipped with Vickers Tactcial +2 extension. To me it’s the most cost effective and still offers high reliability.
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Run my CCW G26 with a Pearce pinky extension....feels fine.

G30S with it’s stock base pad.
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