I was talking with Larry Vickers a few weeks ago and he told me the new magazine floor plates for the S&W M&P were ready to start shipping. Larry sent a pack to me to try out. The floor plates come in packs of five with an included five retainer plates to use in older magazines.
The floor plates fit only full size M&Ps and fit all calibers with the exception of the 45 acp. One of the primary sellers of Vickers Tactical products is Tango Down. The information release below is from Tango Down and describes the materials, uses etc. One thing not included in the description was the price which is $21.50 for a five pack.
When the floor plates arrived I installed them on my 9mm magazines for my M&P Pro. As you can see in the photos they are larger than the stock floor plates and have a different shape. One of the things I like about these is the width. They are wider than the stock plates which provides the user a better grip when pulling them out of a mag carrier, pocket etc. The scalloped molding on each side, with lateral lines inside, also provides a more secure grip should your hands become sweaty, wet or cold. Another plus is described below and that’s being able to hook the plate on a belt or pocket to remove a magazine from the pistol if you’re injured and have only one hand to use. My mags have always dropped right out so this isn’t a big consideration for me but then again if it can happen eventually it will!
While at the range I did some drop test to see how sturdy they are. I used a loaded magazine to really challenge the plates strength as well as how securely they fit. I had one old magazine that doesn’t see much use anymore so I loaded it up and dropped it on concrete from about six feet. I dropped it from the magwell a total of ten times then examined the floor plate for damage. What I found was a few scratches but there were no cracks or other damage and the fit was just as snug as when I started.
Each floor plate has a series of dimples molded in so the shooter can fill in the number of dimples they want with model paint or whatever paint you want to use and number the mags and or choose a different color for practice magazines vs. carry magazines.
Bottom line is these floor plates are sturdy, fit well and make a practical addition to your M&P magazines. I would think that anyone who competes would find them particularly useful for just a bit of extra speed when performing magazine changes.
From Tango Down
Few people understand modern combat pistol craft like Larry Vickers. After countless hours behind the pistol, he understands what will fall short in a gun fight. The one small flaw that could ruin your day is the OEM magazine base pad. It’s undersized, and offers nothing should your empty magazine fail to drop free for a number of real world reasons. The VT Magazine Floor Plates are flared with grooved non-slip scallops for positive finger purchase. Stubborn magazines are easily extracted whether muddy, caked with ice or sand. Great for one handed reloads too..just hook magazine floor plate under your belt and extract quickly. Molded dimples allow for easy marking and numbering of magazines.
Fits Smith & Wesson® M&P magazine calibers 9×19, .40, .357 SIG, Full size magazines ONLY, NOT for M&P Compact Magazines
– Will not fit in limited capacity magazines
– Tough glass-filled nylon for superior impact resistance
– Flared shape with grooved finger scallops offer plenty of grip
– Molded dimples allow easy marking and numbering of spare magazines
– Includes retainer plate to adapt any old style magazine to new style plate
OA length: 1.86” Width: 1.47” Weight: 0.2 oz. Made in USA