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    Hi all, this is how I trimmed my standard plates on my P2000 and 45C. If you have large hands you may want to think about it. I couldn't stand the cramped feeling of the extended (in the front) rubberized baseplates. I imagine they're great if you don't have large hands.

    What I wanted was essentially a cross between the hooked plate and a flat plate; as I understand unavailable to buy.

    I just did my 45C. I posted something similar a while ago for the P2000, and saw the photos had dropped off so I'm starting over rather than update the old thread:

    https://www.hkpro.com/forum/hk-handg...ate-blues.html

    I'm sure many have trimmed theirs, and the key is having them finished nicely so they don't look Bubba'd. And to finish them nicely they must be trimmed uniformly. After the initial cut or grind, the sharp edges will need to be radiused to match the radiuses on the rest of the plate. I used a file and/or sandpaper to finish.

    If you decide to give it a whirl, first get the hard plastic baseplates to trim. I believe Midwest Gun parts had them for $5. I didn't try trimming the rubberized plates because they probably wouldn't finish as nicely, and they may have future use, albeit not with me.

    Here is a before/after picture on the HK45C:





    I found two ways to do it (choose one depending on what tools you have), one is to cut and the other is to grind. In my case both methods worked fine. Fortunately any mistakes are $5, as cheap as mistakes can get.

    The chop saw method assures symmetry and uniformity but setup is a bit more involved.



    The grind method is different in that it's slow going to achieve symmetry. You can use the well-defined lines on the underside of the baseplate as a guide, checking as you go.



    And the final result:

    Last edited by Thomasconnor; 05-21-2019 at 03:00 PM.

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    Cool. I did something similar to get an extended floorplate from a USP to fit a Mark 23. Yours came out cleaner looking though.

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    Very nice work!

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    No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomasconnor View Post
    The chop saw method assures symmetry and uniformity but setup is a bit more involved.

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    Nice work and creativity

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    Sweet!
    I see you're pretty good with your tools.
    Or... Depending on how many bases you have > make a template > use a flush trim router bit.

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    "No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die."
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    Quote Originally Posted by GasGuzz View Post
    Sweet!
    I see you're pretty good with your tools.
    Or... Depending on how many bases you have > make a template > use a flush trim router bit.



    Thanks, someone sure could make a jig to do a bunch quickly.

    In my case I did two in 2009 and two more in 2019, I'm good.
    Last edited by Thomasconnor; 05-23-2019 at 12:26 AM.

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