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My first H&K vp 9 I love it, trying to get used to the trigger guard mag release. Is there a specific finger and or technique? I know someone here can help me...
 

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I use middle finger trigger hand.
 

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The most typical thing is to use your trigger finger. Benefits to this include no shifting of your grip, and safer since it forces you to take your finger off of the trigger during the reload.

Some people use their strong side middle finger. This gets you a lot of leverage and pushes that mag release really hard, at the expense of having to shift your grip. It's also easy to position since the release is literally right above the middle finger.

People used to button mag releases will try to use their strong side thumb. I started on an HK, so I don't do this (in fact, I try to reverse my button releases to do technique #1). Besides, they have way longer thumbs than I do.
 

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Trigger finger for me as well. Once you get use to it you will wonder why they put buttons in such an awkward place. I have a friend who is an avid shooter. The Mag release was one of his concerns, he finally bought a VP9 a few months ago and loves the paddle.
 

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Thanks I'll try the trigger finger I actually was using my middle finger like FS1, I'll try them both and see which one I get best at.
 

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Hahahahahahahahahaha I suppose if you maintain your grip the trigger finger would work best
 

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Maybe I'm in the minority, but I developed a habbit years ago on my USP of using both my trigger finger (on the outboard tab) and my thumb (on the inboard tab) simultaneously. I've since carried that habbit over to my PPS, PPQ, and VP9.

Using both my thumb and forefinger on the USP seemed a necessity in order to get a 100% consistent mag drop since that release lever was so stiff. Not really a requirement for my newer pistols, but it's what I'm comfortable and fastest with.

-Dave
 

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For me, by the time I have to manipulate the gun to get my trigger finger, or even less my middle finger back to the paddle,
sometimes I feel it's easier to use my thumb. Seriously!
 

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I use thumb and trigger together. Since you're a woman most likely your hands are much smaller I would use your strong hand thumb.

Love the name, it's my Mother's name as well! =)
 

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Well I will be trading using all these great ideas and find the best for me, I knew I would get help from this most honorable group
 

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I don't have large mitt's, and my fingers are on the short side...Stubby hard-working fingers. Using my thumb is out of the question as it barely touches the paddle. My trigger finger is too short to have positive action on it consistently, but I can use it. It takes concentration that breaks my grip.
When I first tried a paddle release my middle finger just naturally went right to where it was supposed to be. It gets my bang bang finger up along the slide safely which makes holstering after unloading safer during matches. I don't have to think about where my trigger finger is.
 

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Maybe I'm in the minority, but I developed a habbit years ago on my USP of using both my trigger finger (on the outboard tab) and my thumb (on the inboard tab) simultaneously. I've since carried that habbit over to my PPS, PPQ, and VP9.

Using both my thumb and forefinger on the USP seemed a necessity in order to get a 100% consistent mag drop since that release lever was so stiff. Not really a requirement for my newer pistols, but it's what I'm comfortable and fastest with.

-Dave
Me too. Although I wish I had a button instead.
 

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Middle finger?
How?

I use my index finger, cant do it with the middle.
I, too, am having difficulty conceptualizing how one would go about using the middle finger to actuate the release. On which side of the pistol?
 

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This is an interesting topic. I also have pretty small hands and primarily shoot HKs. So, I am pretty comfy with the paddle (and fumble way more with the other style like a 1911 has)

To me the trigger finger is the most natural way to release the mag but I think I also use my middle finger sometimes. Both feel like a smooth motion. I tried using my thumb and it's a bit of a stretch (although I see why someone with larger hands might find it easier!)

Not sure how comfy you are Mary Lou with mag changes but I find that I'll load up all my mags with 2 rounds and at the range fire one round, mag change, one round, mag change, etc. It's helped smooth it all out for me. I should do it dry firing but I don't do enough dry fire drills.

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