TTI Firepower Glock Baseplates – Long Term Review

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Even though I’m not a competitive shooter, I can appreciate quality competition gear. Especially when it can be repurposed into daily carry use. The Taran Tactical Innovations (TTI) magazine baseplates are a good example of how competitions like 3-Gun matches continue to influence defensive gun technology.

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TTI +3/+4 Firepower Glock baseplates on a G17 and G26.

I’ve used my TTI Firepower Glock magazine baseplates for more than three years on the G26, G19 and the G17 without a malfunction. If I had to estimate, I’d say I have approximately 1,000 rounds through each of the five magazine/TTI baseplate combinations. And while they display the appropriate amount of scars, all of them still function like new. Which is a credit to both TTI and Glock.

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TTI Firepower Glock +5/+6 baseplate

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TTI Firepower Glock +5/+6 baseplate on a G26

The standard size +3/4 TTI Glock baseplate adds an additional three or four rounds in either the .40S&W or 9mm magazines respectively. The larger +5/6 TTI Firepower Glock baseplates add five or six rounds respectively. When the baseplates and included springs were new, getting the last round loaded was nearly impossible. However, after a few cycles, each one filled to capacity.

Surprisingly, my TTI baseplates feel most at home on my compact Glock 26. The extra length helps with my hand positioning and increasing the magazine capacity doesn’t hurt.

The TTI plates are heavier than the other options on the market, but I actually enjoy the added weight. Especially on the G17, the billet aluminum baseplate helps the mag drop free on reloads. The only real downside I can find is the price. Then again, I never mind paying for quality.

TTI also makes baseplates for other platforms like the Glock 43 and the Magpul AR PMAGs:

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Credit: TTI

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Credit: TTI

I’m not suggesting that every magazine you own should run a TTI baseplate, but they will continue to live on all of my carry guns.

MSRP: $30 – $42

Specifications as listed the TTI website:

  • Patented proven push pin design.
  • Super easy to attach and detach from the magazine.
  • No specialty tools or devices required to disassemble.
  • One piece design, no extra parts to possibly lose during disassembly.
  • Fits the USPSA, IPSC, and IDPA boxes.
  • USPSA Production and IDPA Legal.
  • +3/4 Holds 18+1 rounds of 40S&W in the Glock 22/35.
    +3/4 Holds 21+1 rounds of 9mm in the Glock 17/34.
    +3/4 Holds 18+1 rounds of 9mm in the Glock 19.
  • +5/6 Holds 20+1 rounds of 40S&W.
    +5/6 Holds 23+1 rounds of 9mm.
  • Easy to reload into the gun with a full mag.
  • Adds weight to magazine so mags drop free easier for faster reloads.
  • CNC machined from billet aluminum.
  • Hard Anodized.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Used and endorsed by World and National Champions Bob Vogel, the Glock Shooting Team, Randi Rogers, and Allie Barrett.

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Pete

LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Pete.M@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Mike

    Or just wait until the Magpul magazines come out in the summer

  • Ike

    Aftermarket parts on carry magazines? No thanks.

    • Pete M

      Factory parts can fail just as easily as aftermarket. If these were failing in competitions, the pros would dump them in a heart beat. Plus I tested mine a lot before they hit the street.

      • guest

        And how often do Glock base plates fail?

        This is exactly what’s wrong with the “gun world” of consumerism. “oh no, a stock part, better replace that with a custom milled 3d printed gold plated nonsense because it looks tactical, is non IR-reflective and has a bada** Punisher emblem on it!”

        Freakin’ kindergarden.

        • Pete M

          Glock baseplates don’t fail IMHO. But the TTI plates have some added benefits over stock. Although they look good, they add to the usability of the gun.

          Again, the pros don’t run these because they look good. They run them because they work.

          But all of your guns are bone stock, right? Not one aftermarket part? 😉

        • Dan

          Yeah god forbid should anyone do whatever they choose with their equipment. The only thing “kindergarten” here is your little hissy fit.

        • Edeco

          Factory plates don’t have glass breakers, as some of my aftermarket ones do. The glass-breaking capability of a factory plate is like nothing, just not good for that at all 😀

  • Gorilla Biscuit

    I use the +5s for my Glock 22 Limited gun. The older base pads I have will only reliably hold and feed 19 rounds most of the time. But the newer production units run 20 flawlessly. Also the set screw for the retaining pin at the rear had some hefty loctite on it and was very hard to turn and lock due to its small size, so I ended up putting a dab of superglue around the pin hole so it would stop moving. I’m no too pleased about the old ones.

  • NDS

    I have used these for many years, and do shoot competitively. They are extremely durable, I had the mag lips of a 17 mag finally fail a few weeks ago (how many Glock mags do you know that have seen THAT many rounds) and I simply swapped the +5/6 basepad to a newer magazine and it just keeps chugging along. They are dented and scratched but have enough clearance internally that it doesn’t hurt function.

    They WILL fit 23 rounds of 9mm but I download to 22 unless I can complete a stage in 24 rounds. They are hard to seat on a closed slide when loaded to 23 and it’s not worth the risk of a dumped mag to me.

    • Shaner29

      I was between the oem plus 2 or these. I may just have to try both now. I’ve heard really good things about these!

  • Edeco

    Hey, I like the idea of an easy to attach/detach plate (as an AWB survivor I’m crazy about maintaining my mags) but does it work with a butt plug? I can’t tell from the pics…

    • iksnilol

      What are these butt plugs everybody talks about?

      I am thinking of the butt plugs for guns, not for… well, the butt.

      • Edeco

        hehe, yeah, they’re for the opening in the back of the grip of a glock. The main purpose is to be something other than a marital aid that one can call a butt plug.

  • If they are made in the USA, it is odd that a single machined parts contractor in china has a listing for these on one of my favorite websites.

    That or just one chinese shop is bootlegging them for $10 a piece, shipped.

    • Pete M

      Counterfeit unfortunately. Probably for the airsoft market.

      • I won’t discount the counterfeit statement, but there are very few glock airsoft guns, no? Secondarily, do airsoft guns use equivalent baseplates?

        Genuine question.

        • Pete M

          I’ll defer since I don’t do airsoft. $10ea tells me they are fakes though.

          • Correction, $24.95 ea, free shipping. 5% off if 3 or more purchased.

          • Pete M

            AliExpress: Lots of counterfeit goods. They definitely look like knockoffs.

            Thanks. I’ll forward to Taran Tactical and let you know their response.

  • Grant

    I’m wondering how these can be easy to detach. With a magazine spring half in the magazine body and half in the baseplate how do you ‘easily remove’ one of these things?

    • Pete M

      They are easier than the stock plates actually. Start sliding the plate back then use a flat head or your finger to hold the spring down. Boom.

  • Pete M

    All I’m saying is try one. You might be surprised.

    “And speaking of grips – there are a whole slew of extended mags that are actually ergonomic unlike this metallic nonsense.”

    I’ve used a good amount of them and hated the way they felt.

    TTI Benefits:
    1) Fits my grip
    2) Smooth/snag free
    3) Extra weight helps mags drop free.
    4) Extra mag capacity
    5) I like the way they look.

    • guest

      Surprised by what? That is works as adverized? Well it better.

      But you are missing my point: if I would have a problem holding a weapon adequately because if its size – then I would either train with it to such and extent where it does not become problematic, or consider a bigger weapon. Especially true if I would be using mag extensions.

      Now please consider this:
      1) If you fully accept a larger, longer mag, the only other that makes the handgun different from a size-up model (say a G15/17) is barrel lenght. Now for that “price” you’d be wielding a full size – or a compact size – handgun with NO issues with the grip what so ever, and controllabiliy will improve across the board because of larger weight. So if you can accept a longer mag/longer grip, you can most likely do fine with a longer barrel/slide. The key thing here is chosing a gun that is fit for purpose, not chosing a gun that is not and then making X amount of changes to it.
      This is like saying that you buy a sedan, then buy a trailer for it because you need the extra space. But then you say you will never un-hook the trailer, and that to buy a small truck or a full size camper was not an option to begun with. Makes absolutely no sense.
      2) If you need extra mag capacity … well for what? A concealable weapon that’s already larger than what it was with original mag? Makes absolutely no sense. In any competitive situation you’d go for a bigger gun, and in any LEO/self defence situation I’d say you nee to hone your shooting skills LONG before you start making crutches for yourself in the shape of technical doo-hickeys.
      3) “extra weight helps mag drop free” yeah right. I’ve shot glock with stock mags 10k+++ shots, different calibres, different generations, never an issue. Like ever. They are considerably smaller than the mag well, and will snag ONLY if you screw around with either one of those dimensions.And unless the slide is locked back you’ll get an extra bonus in “ejectability” from the mag spring, loaded mag or otherwise.

      • Pete M

        LOL. Man, you are passionate about the non-factory baseplate market.

        There are a bunch of counter-arguments I could make. But I relent.

        See you for the next debate. 😀

  • A Fascist Corgi

    There’s no way in hell I’d ever add a non-factory magazine extension to a defensive gun.