Taylor Freelance offers a wide variety of parts and accessories for both pistols and long guns. Their extensions for Glock come in multiple sizes, from +0 to +12 capacity. Shooters can choose from delrin, aluminum, brass, and more for construction material.
I snagged a few to see how they compare to the competition. A +2/3 delrin, +5/6 delrin, and +5/6 aluminum for my Glock. Initial fit and finish gives a solid impression, but how do they perform?
Mounting Taylor Freelance magazine extensions is straightforward. There is a swinging metal plate which secures the extension on the magazine. Loosen the retention screw, and lift the plate upward, clearing it of the channels the magazine rides in. Remove your magazine floor plate, ensuring not to put your eye out with the spring. Next, transfer your follower from the factory spring to the provided enhanced power spring.
Now it's time to attach the extension. This process is very simple. Slide the extension onto the magazine, then lower the swinging plate. From here tighten the retention screw and you're good to go.
Taylor Freelance Magazine Extension Dimensions
Dimensions with Taylor Freelance are functionally identical to options from Taran Tactical and others. The top edges of the extensions are slightly chamfered for compatibility with larger magwells. These are designed for use with competition, and are USPSA legal for divisions allowing extended magazines.
When using the +2/3 extension, shooters will need to use a magazine larger than designed for their pistol. Example being G19 shooters using a G17 magazine. This is due to interference between the extension and the pistol grip. In corresponding pistols and magazines, the extension bumps into the frame, preventing proper insertion. This is the case for use with the G26, G19, and G17/34.
Before earning a place on my belt all magazine extensions endure a drop test. Parameters are simple. Each magazine is fully loaded, then dropped five times onto concrete from shoulder height. Mags drop straight down onto the extension as though falling from a firing pistol. Each of the three Taylor Freelance extensions endure the drop test to see how they compare.
The delrin +3 is the first to go. Initial drop results in the spring exploding out of the bottom of the extension, rendering it unusable. Next is the delrin +5/6. First drop is successful, but the second drop results in two substantial cracks along the bottom of the extension. This leaves the spring partially exposed, rendering the extension unusable.
The aluminum +5/6 is the last to go. Drops one and two go off without a hitch. Third and fourth drops result in the extension popping off of the left lip of the magazine. I reattach the extension after both drops. The fifth drop results in base pad ejecting itself from magazine, spilling ammunition across the floor. Drops result in no substantial damage to base pad, and minor damage to magazine. The extension can be reattached to magazine if needed. However, the screws which lock the plate in place are driving through the aluminum extension. This looks like a weak point which may potentially result in the loss of retention on the magazine.
Due to poor performance during drop testing, none of Taylor Freelance extensions proceeded to live fire.
Final Thoughts on Taylor Freelance Magazine Extensions
Overall, the Taylor Freelance magazine extensions for Glock have been very disappointing. While several other shooters in my community have great success with their products, this has not been my experience. At this time, I cannot recommend aluminum, nor delrin Glock magazine extensions from Taylor Freelance.
For those willing to throw caution to the wind, Taylor Freelance extensions hit the average for market price. Delrin +2/3 comes in at $24.95. Both aluminum and delrin +5/6 extensions are priced at $34.95. You can find them available from Brownells >>HERE<<