Taploader for Glock Pistols

Nicholas C
by Nicholas C

I was looking into the ETA polymer glock magazines and saw them mention the Taploader. I looked it up and the Taploader is a modification for Glock slides and Glock magazines. The modification allows the slide to automatically close when you tap the magazine into the pistol.

Here is an animation showing how the mechanism works.

Here is a review that shows a little more detail of this modification.

Here is a close up of the modification.

The modification sounds like a good idea. However, is it necessary? My S&W M&P9 CORE slide closes automatically when slam a magazine into it. Which is one reason why I like shooting my M&P9 CORE in pistol matches, as it is faster than hitting a slide stop/release or puling the slide to close it. Only one of my 5 mags doesn’t do it and I don’t know why. My friend can do this with his factory Glock 35. But my Glock 35 wont and none of my other Glocks do it either. I have seen other people perform this reload with their unmodified Glocks.

One concern I have is the nub on the Glock magazine. How long will that stay on there? Obviously, it is glued onto the magazine and that is a cause for concern that it could come off and jam up inside the gun. Elite Tactical Systems Group is making transparent polymer Glock magazines and have delayed their release to make a special version that will be compatible with the Taploader.

You can purchase a modified slide by Taploader.com for $299.99. No mention of sending your own slide in for the modification.

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  • Sledgecrowbar Sledgecrowbar on Jul 17, 2015

    You can pay for this? Mine does this if I load it hard enough, which isn't very hard, but I think it works slightly better after it's warmed up, too. I do like it, but it's never failed to strip a round, either. That's probably the main thing that would make me hesitate doing it. As long as it's been tested as much as all the other stuff on Glocks, fine.

  • Guest Guest on Jul 17, 2015

    Sorry to burst the bubble of both the designer of this yet another "solution in search of a problem" and some fanboys of cheaper glock-alike copies who boast their guns have this feature already. But the fact is factory Glocks will do this out of the box with standard magazines!

    For those that insert new mags like their insert their willie on the first night to get their cherry popped, here's some advice: when slide locks back on last round, after ejecting empty mag take the fresh full mag and in one firm and confident motion slap the full one right into the gun. Not just shove, slap it in like you mean it. The shooting hand must however remain stationary and so should the gun. Chances are the slide will release itself. If not, try and try again. There may be some more choreography involved, tilting the muzzle slightly down may help. I can do this with the gun relatively immobile. In the long run this can be repeated reliably and easily.

    The only "downside" is that this is not an actual intended mechanical function, but a combination of relatively light lower frame, heavy slide, and a slight forward motion of the frame relative to the slide due to the almost diagonal motion of the new magazine entering the mag well and as it stops that momentum translates to a slight forward push that is enough for that tiny frictional surface between the stamped mag catch and the slide's mag catch cutout to disengage mutually.
    Can be mechanically improved upon by gradually and very carefully filing the slide catch notch in the slide until the slide will release if someone coughs too hard in the room. But again - this will work on any factory Glock with no modifications what so ever.