I’ve read a few things about a paddle mag release upgrade. Does anyone have any experience doing this? Is there a write up floating around somewhere?
Congrats on your first rollerlock! The most important thing you need to do right now before shooting it or anything else is to find out what your bolt gap is .If the gap is too low it may be unsafe to shoot.Depending on your gap you might even have to add rollers.Most answers to questions asked can be found in the forum here in the search box.
installing the original paddle mag release will require a refinish of your rifle and most HK smiths who hang on the board provide this service. If you are going that route and live in firearm freindly state you might consider if there are any other upgrades you want done to make your clone closer to a G3 or if you want a permanent picatinny rail or a German brass deflector added to it since you will be paying for a refinish anyway so you might as well get all work done you would like.. As for the paddle mag release I personally consider it to be an outstanding feature. Using the backup push button release on these is not as ergonomic as an AR style and being able to one handed hit the release paddle and pull the mag clear works very well (I think better than an AR but that is my opinion only. There are some that install without but I cannot speak to those but you can find threads about them.
Just make sure she runs nice before sinking too much coin into it.
If you are mechanically inclined or experienced and have some common tools and a welder you should be able to pull it off. If you don't have any of those things have it installed for you.
FWIW, I've never had to refinish a rifle I've installed a paddle on and the touch ups have blended perfectly. I've done this enough times to have decided smiths use the complete refinish as an excuse to add another $200-$400 to the cost of the install.
Exception to the last comment, I had one paddle installed by a smith only because the original rifle (FMP) is in park and I didn't want to replace the original factory finish with paint, as I have no ability to do park. Result looks factory original.
I don't "run" my guns or "run" anything on them. Likewise, none of my guns are "platforms". I hold them up, not the other way around.
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Well I finally got out to the range and ran some ammo through it, all I had on hand was some ZQI, I ran 60 rounds through is and had 0 malfunctions. Only issue I had was it was 6’ high at 100yards! It was repeatable and I was able to ring a 8” plate consistently. I only had a half hour of sunlight and 4 guns to function test so I wasn’t able to mess with the scope much. The irons are way high too. With some tinkering I think it will be a great gun. Thank you all for the contributions!