Review: Vickers Tactical Mag Catch And Slide Stop For the Glock 43

When I first heard about the Vickers Tactical Mag Catch and Slide Stop I thought to myself, this is a solution looking for a problem. Many months later I gave in and bought both of them for my Glock 43 to see what all the fuss was about.

Like several other products I have reviewed while writing for the blog, It appeared I was wrong yet again. Sometimes products turn out to be more useful than they look or work better on the range than they do at the gun store. With Larry’s background, there has to be some method to this madness right? I think there is.

The first step in installing the new parts is to remove the factory slide stop and mag catch. If you haven’t done this before it can seem intimidating but it is really simple. All you need is a screwdriver and a punch (or Glock tool like I used)

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The stipple job on this gun was done by my friend over at TXT Custom Gun Works, and we will be doing a full review of his work soon. I have to say, I like the work he did quite a lot.

The first step is to remove the slide from the frame as you would for cleaning then use the punch WITHOUT A HAMMER to push the pin out from left to right. You may need to wiggle the slide stop around a bit to get the pin free, there is a groove in the pin that interfaces with the slide stop to keep everything in place.

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To get the slide stop free, you will need to remove the locking block as well. In the photo below you see two lines on the pin that was removed. Those are the cuts that interface with the slide stop keeping it in place.

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Next up is removing the mag catch. I prefer to use a pick that has a 90-degree tip on it, it seems to help in getting the spring out of the cutout on the mag catch without scratching the inside of the mag well. Phil Note: Tango Down makes a tool for changing out the mag release. Vickers Mag Release

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The two parts compared don’t look worlds different, but once on the gun, you can see how much further the Vickers part sticks out. You might think that there is a risk of dropping the magazine, but you would be wrong. Larry’s catch is contoured to allow easier access without causing any issues.

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The slide stop is next. The Vickers part is on the right where as the stock part is on the left. I really like the extra texture on the Vickers part, it seems to really help locking the slide back with wet hands. Why would you need that you ask? If you have a malfunction that requires you to lock the slide back to clear it with bloody hands or even wet hands it could be a huge advantage.

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Once installed on the gun and everything is reassembled you can see how much more prominent the mag catch and slide stop are. Once I get it to the range I will have to see how much of a difference I feel it makes.

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The only thing left to do is to get out to the range and run some drills, which is exactly what I did. I feel that I was a bit faster on the reload than the stock set up and I found I no longer had to shift my grip as much as I did previously.

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So would I recommend picking the Vickers parts up for your gun? Yes. They are low cost with an MSRP of under $20 per part it is hard to go wrong. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised with how good it is.

Check out the full lineup of Vickers Tactical parts on the Tango Down website.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Co-Director for TFBTV. He is a verified gun nerd and also podcasts at The Firearms Podcast. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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


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  • Johnsmyname

    “With Larry’s background, there has to be some method to this madness right?”

    Making money???

    • m-dasher

      to be fair, the vickers mag catch is actually pretty good.

      • Johnsmyname

        The design does look to have some merits, I was poking fun at him do to various business practices over the years. I’ve seen lots of people in classes and matches either unintentionally dropping mags or not getting last round lock back do to the awkward controls.

        • M-dasher

          what it really does is move enough material backwards, so that you can release the mag without altering your grip.

          with a standard glock release, its flat, so you literally have to push it inwards, most people dont have thumbs long enough, so you have to break your grip on the gun.

          the vickers realease is rounded, so you can push your thumb forward, allowing the release to push its self in…..meaning you dont have to break your grip

      • Yes it is I have them on my Glocks.

      • Kefefs

        I wasn’t thrilled with mine. Replaced it with an OEM mag catch and was much happier. The Vickers catch felt squishy and more difficult to depress. It also felt like it had less surface area than the flat square Glock catch and was less comfortable to use.

    • Blake

      You have some sort of problem with someone who releases good products making money off of them? Pretty anti-capitalist.

      • Johnsmyname

        I’m not anti-capitalist, anyone should have the ability to sell goods and make money as they see fit. I think Mr. Vickers has some good products at fair prices. That said, I also think Mr. Vickers would sell you a bottle of snake oil and laugh his way to the bank if he could. There have been plenty of things he has said and done in the past if anyone has any interest in researching such things. My intention was to light heartedly make folks in the know chuckle, not bad mouth anyone.

    • scaatylobo

      TOTALLY AGREE, some see him as a guru.
      I see him as a face that is looking for a camera to put his face in front of.
      idc if he has ‘creds’.
      I can only judge from his stuff on the shooting channels = sad that a man needs so much camera time.

    • MadMonkey

      No way, you think a guy who will endorse any product for pay would be interested in making money?

  • Swarf

    Perfection.

  • Joe

    Anything for the 42?

  • Joseph Smith

    So when is Vickers moving over to the XM17?

  • Edeco

    Hard to argue for $20, one could have these things shaped like each of the lucky-charms cereal marshmellows and the rabbit-foot shape would end up feeling perfect or better than factory to a few people.

  • Mmmtacos

    I only clicked on this article to see who did that fantastic stipple job. That’s the cleanest small stippling I think I have come across so far.

    I don’t think I need to wait for your review, the proof is in the pictures, it looks perfect. I might go ahead and grab a quote from TXT Custom Gun Works… glad they’re “local” (that just means they aren’t six or more hours away in Texas).

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Ha! I see you are familiar with the Texas term “local”

  • SMH

    I own the slide release and have for some time. It is a good part especially for people with reduced hand or finger strength who want to release the slide like a normal person. For everyone else it just gives a much better purchase that the stock one.