Tech Tuesday: Taran Tactical Basepads

Today’s Tech Tuesday comes to you from SHOT Show 2013. Wi-fi is limited but that can’t stop the signal Mal.

 

Taran Butler brought some of his new Taran Tactical basepads to USPSA Nationals last year for demo and I decided to start using them there. Normally, I won’t use a new piece of gear without extensive testing, but basepads won’t affect the function unless you try and stuff one more round into the mag, which is a generally poor idea anyway. If you can’t easily seat the mag when full, you should probably take at least one round out of it.

Laser engraved on the bottom with the Taran Tactical Innovations logo.

Laser engraved on the bottom with the Taran Tactical Innovations logo.

 

Originally, the design was manufactured and marketed by Bolen Custom before Taran bought the design and began to market it under his brand. An extremely nice feature of the design is that it is completely tool-less for disassembly. A small detent on the front that keeps the basepad secured on the tube, but is easily removed by finger pressure when it’s time to clean that mag (which is after every time is touches the ground). The aluminum construction also allows the advantage of increased tolerance and room, which can sometimes let you gain an extra round of capacity, or give it some wiggle room for the last round, making it easy to reload._DSC8281

 

Now, the ones I have are for STI/SV mags, but are also available on Taran’s website for Glock and S&W M&P and in a variety of colors, so you can pick your poison!

Push the pin out of the bottom as shown and you're ready to assemble or disassemble. Push it the other way and it's locked on to the front of the mag.

Push the pin out of the bottom as shown and you’re ready to assemble or disassemble. Push it the other way and it’s locked on to the front of the mag.

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