Lightning Review: Lone Wolf Dist. Prototype Glock Magazine Tool

My biggest complaint about Glocks (outside of the lack of ambi-anything) is disassembling the magazines for routine maintenance and cleaning. The tab system holding on the floor plates are the two single most aggravating pieces of plastic in the my history with firearms. Normally, I break out a set of large vice grips and use towels to ensure I do not damage the magazines.


Lone Wolf Distributors has prototyped an incredibly novel solution to the the problem. Disguised as machined chuck of aluminum,Lone Wolf has created a clever disassembly tool compatible with all Glock models including the new .380 G42. The block has specifically placed holes that align to punch the floor plate and shelves to slide off the base plate. A separate punch or Glock Disassembly Tool is required for operation. The video below shows the conops best: Note: Video is slient.

It looks really easy in the video, but it does take some strength on new magazines.I tested it with G17/19, G22/G23, G41, and G42 magazines. It worked flawlessly. All the shelves were the right height for the given calibers and facilitated removal without issue.


My only complaint and simultaneous suggestion would be the addition of a built-in recess to stow the disassembly tool or some sort of attachment point to keep the two together. The tool and base were constantly separated in my shooting bag requiring me to hunt for one or the other.

Bottom line? For Glock users who take apart their magazines on a regular basis, the tool makes a world of difference. Compatible with all current magazine sizes including the new G42, the Lone Wolf tool is time and finger-saver.


Lone Wolf is forecasting a $15-20 MSRP. Their first limited-run will be available on their website soon.

Would I spend money on one? Lone Wolf was kind enough to let me keep the prototype, otherwise I would have bought one on the spot.

**Note, all pictures are of Lone Wolf’s prototype. Color, material, packaging, or labeling may change prior to full commercial release. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • mrsatyre

    Want. Have wasted so much time fighting with my G22 mags.

  • Nicks87

    DO people really take apart their mags that often to justify buying this?

    • Tactical Tightwad

      I took apart my G26 mags so I could install Pearce Grips +1 extensions. Popping the baseplate for the first time is truly a bear. After you’ve done it once, subsequent times are a piece of cake as the tabs get rounded a bit.

      • Cymond

        After the first time, you could round off the tabs with a small file if you want.

    • Zach

      Competitive shooters disassemble their mags frequently. Apparently very fine sand and dust can cause feeding issues for Glocks (and pretty much everything else).

    • Nicks87

      It was more of a rhetorical question and the answer is no. Thanks for trying to cure me of my ignorance but I know exactly the type of people who would buy this product… People that think very fine particles of sand and dust cause feeding issues for Glocks.


    GTUL has long made a simple tool which aloows you to squeeze a Glock magazine in the right place to permit the removal of the baseplate without rounding or otherwise damaging the tabs.

    Prior to getting their tool, I used a small, padded jaw wood clamp to compress the body of the magazine very slightly. That worked well. The new tool looks great if it leaves the tabs undamaged.

    • I just wrap an old t-shirt around the magazine tube, and squeeze at the tabs with a pair of pliers. I have lots of pliers, but if I had a Glock magazine tool, I would probably have a hard time keeping track of it.

      • thebronze

        That’s an EXCELLENT way to bend the metal mag lining.

        • I guess, if you’re stupid about it, yeah.

    • TangledThorns

      I have the GTUL as well but it was still a pain in the ass to remove the plate.

  • JC

    Maybe I’m special but I’ve never had a single issue with glock mags ever.

  • Jon W Fuhrman

    Dammit Nate, why didn’t you bring this to practice tonight. I’ve got base pads to put on my 17

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    Get those Lone Wolf guys a Nobel prize, pronto.

  • okbye

    Does this prevent the tabs from getting damaged ? My understanding is that the GTUL allows you to squeeze the magazine in such a way that it reduces the pressure on the tabs and prevents rounding them off…Which I take to be a desirable thing.

  • KestrelBike

    I remember a few years ago when I lived in California but went camping in South Dakota and took along my Glock 19. I bought some CA-illegal 15rd magazines while in SD because I could, but an hour before my flight found myself frantically trying to disassemble the things so I could legally bring them back to CA (this was before they recently changed the CA law to criminalize those horrendous “mag-rebuild kits”; I’ve since moved out of that s*** state).

    I used the needle-piece on a leatherman tool and the base-tab nearly took out my eye after I finally figured out how to remove the base-plate. Needless to say, the little plastic nub that is seemingly made out of hardened playdough was pretty jacked up haha. This tool could have saved me some trouble!

  • gunslinger

    i thought glock was perfect? this would come from glock direct if it was needed.

    and because of the box shape, be on the lookout glock may sue for shape infringement.

    • hkryan


  • Will

    Pardon my lack of objectivity but if you need more than the Glock tool or a 3/32 punch you’re doing it wrong.
    Ensure the mag is empty.
    Up end the mag.
    Push the punch/tool into the hole depressing the detent.
    Use the punch/tool as leverage and push the punch/tool handle toward the front of the magazine body while squeezing the sides of the mag body near the base plate.
    After the base plate moves off the catches on the mag body then you can remove the punch/tool.

    • MrSatyre

      Removal is not the problem. Getting 3rd party plates back on is.

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