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 What is the deal with "drop free" Glock magazines?
My_Name_is_Guns  [Member]
10/10/2009 5:23:46 PM EST
I read from time to time about "drop free" Glock magazines. Are there different types of Glock magazines out there? I would think that all magazines would be drop free. Please clear this up for me. Thanks!
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Mister_Zesterhaus  [Team Member]
10/10/2009 5:28:29 PM EST
Some of the older ones are "Non Drop Free" or NFML (Non Fully Metal Lined).

Personally, I HATE NDF mags (I have several). There is a reason they were made this way, but the logic of such escapes me.
JC_  [Life Member]
10/10/2009 5:49:27 PM EST
The only logic that I can think of is that you can sell more mags because no one in their right mind would want NDF. I have a few - only because they came with the weapons and they are clearly marked range mags.
weptek911  [Team Member]
10/10/2009 6:45:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By Mister_Zesterhaus:
Some of the older ones are "Non Drop Free" or NFML (Non Fully Metal Lined).

Personally, I HATE NDF mags (I have several). There is a reason they were made this way, but the logic of such escapes me.


IIRC Austria only issued one mag with a pistol and it was designed that way so the Soldiers wouldn't lose it.

It's not that hard to believe , when I started in Police work , standard loadout for your duty revolver was 18 rounds.

Hero  [Team Member]
10/11/2009 3:05:20 AM EST
I also remember reading the non-DF was for magazine retention. I'm glad we've got the DF mags now. THey seem more well constructed and more sturdy as well.
sredish  [Member]
10/11/2009 6:47:47 AM EST
ndf - old school shit... the older g17s didn't drop free like they do now. you have to reach up and pull the mag out with your fingers. the newer drop free mags will drop free in it though.
abpt1  [Team Member]
10/11/2009 6:50:22 AM EST
Yeah I love the DF mags but have a few NDF for my g20 and they drop right out .....
My_Name_is_Guns  [Member]
10/11/2009 6:51:21 AM EST
Ok, thanks for explaining that to me guys! I understand the logic even if it does seem kind of a dumb idea. I have a follow up question. How can I tell the difference between the older non drop free mags and the new drop free mags?
weptek911  [Team Member]
10/11/2009 12:10:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By My_Name_is_Guns:
Ok, thanks for explaining that to me guys! I understand the logic even if it does seem kind of a dumb idea. I have a follow up question. How can I tell the difference between the older non drop free mags and the new drop free mags?


I have both . The drop free have a little window in the plastic showing the metal liner. Right where the trigger would be on the frame
kisskissbangbang  [Member]
10/11/2009 1:11:02 PM EST
I still find the glock dfm the least drop free mag out there. my p220, m&p45 and p7m8 mags fly out of the guns compared to my g19 mags. there is still room for improvement from glock.
ViniVidivici  [Team Member]
10/11/2009 1:23:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By weptek911:
Originally Posted By My_Name_is_Guns:
Ok, thanks for explaining that to me guys! I understand the logic even if it does seem kind of a dumb idea. I have a follow up question. How can I tell the difference between the older non drop free mags and the new drop free mags?


I have both . The drop free have a little window in the plastic showing the metal liner. Right where the trigger would be on the frame


That's only the newest ones. Alot of FML drop-free types don't have that window.

There is a pic on here, somewhere showing the distinct differences. Someone will pop in and post it, I'm sure. I'll look to see if I have it.

The older non-drop free mags will have a "solid" looking baseplate, that is, no hole in the bottom. And the early ones (which is most of them) will have no caliber marking on them, as at that time Glock was only making 9mm mags.
Quiet_Wolf  [Member]
10/11/2009 2:44:29 PM EST
There's eight generations of Glock magazines.
Here is a pic, showing all eight generations.

Generations 1-3 are non-drop free.
Generations 1-4 are pre-'94 ban.
Generations 5-6 are during the '94 ban.
Generations 7-8 are post-'94 ban.
Generations 8 is the current production with the ambi-mag release cut.
ViniVidivici  [Team Member]
10/11/2009 2:46:36 PM EST
Thank you Quiet Wolf, that is excellent! Just what the OP needed. Very helpful.
SwatDawg15  [Team Member]
10/11/2009 3:26:18 PM EST
Thanks for posting this... Best explanation I have seen.
duncan  [Team Member]
10/17/2009 10:55:17 AM EST
Drop free - no swelling - push mag release they drop = faster reloads

Good for CCW but not needed for the range.
Hero  [Team Member]
10/17/2009 11:14:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By Quiet_Wolf:
There's eight generations of Glock magazines.
Here is a pic, showing all eight generations.
http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/qq344/quiet_wolf/G17mags-numbered.jpg?t=1255304553
Generations 1-3 are non-drop free.
Generations 1-4 are pre-'94 ban.
Generations 5-6 are during the '94 ban.
Generations 7-8 are post-'94 ban.
Generations 8 is the current production with the ambi-mag release cut.


Great pic, very helpful.
carl20320  [Team Member]
10/22/2009 3:17:42 PM EST
I have the 2 NFML mags came with my G17 back in 90 and one +2 mag that I bought at the same time. They will drop free when empty. They will not drop free when loaded.
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