Sometimes, the reach to the mag release on ye olde M&P is complicated. Either it is too small, or too far away, or too slick, or too plastic. But LF Arms has the answer for what ails you in the form of their standard length and extended length replacement magazine releases. I found them both to be most excellent.
The LF unit is a direct drop in replacement for the stock part. No cutting, filing, or lubing is necessary. As you can see in the photo above, the standard length matches the stock plastic profile almost exactly, but features more aggressive patterning on the button. Replacement is a snap, and can be accomplished easily with the takedown tool in the grip. Both mag releases work very well in retaining the magazine, but also not getting in the way of business. Their all steel construction adds negligible weight, but inspires much confidence.
With my tiny little hands, releasing the mag on any modern polymer handgun is an exercise in frustration. With the exception of the FNS 9, which allows me to push the magazine release in both directions, most guns have mag releases too far away for my hands. The FNS solves this by giving me the flexibility to use my trigger or middle finger to release the mag, which doesn’t compromise my grip. The M&P possesses no such flexibility, so you make do with what you have. In my case, the extended mag release from LF makes releasing the magazine a much easier affair. I still have to shift my grip ever so slightly, but not nearly as much as I do with the standard length button.
Neither of the replacement releases from LF messed with the holsters I have for the M&P as all of the holsters I own don’t cover the mag release. If yours does, the standard profile will surely work, but the extended length might require some fitting of the holster.
Specifications: LF Arms Replacement Magazine Release
- Aggressive texturing for positive grip
- Machined from steel bar stock
- Heat treated to 45Rc
- Melonite coated
- Fits all M&P pistols (except Shield & Bodyguard)
- Limited Lifetime warranty
- Price: $26.95
Fit, Finish, Quality of Machining * * * * *
This is a true drop in replacement for the stock part and required no fitting of any kind. A solid piece of steel is much more confidence inspiring as is the aggressively textured surface of the button.
Functionality * * * * *
The stock profile button works a touch better than stock thanks to the aggressive texturing, but the extended release allows you to really get on the button without it getting in the way. I had no problem using it with a holster as all of my holsters don’t cover the magazine release
Overall * * * * *
I don’t think of a magazine release as being a “must have” for the M&P like a trigger replacement, but it certainly is nice, and for less than $30, you really can’t go wrong. Christmas is still a few months away, but this would make an excellent stocking stuffer for the M&P owner in your life.