Apex Tactical FNX Magazine Base Pad

Capacity is always a key factor when choosing a carry gun, but did you know you can increase capacity with specially-designed magazine base plates? For owners of the FNX-45, Apex Tactical has the Apex Plus-2 Magazine Base Pad Extension. And, of course, this magazine extension does more than increase overall capacity.

Apex Tactical FNX Magazine Base Pad Extension
For FNX-45 owners there’s the Apex Tactical FNX Magazine Base Pad Extension. (Photo credit: Apex Tactical)

Interestingly, Apex Tactical states this extension gives shooters not two extra rounds of capacity, but two and a half. From Apex Tactical regarding this product: “The FNX Magazine Base Pad Extension adds two and half (2.5) rounds to the existing standard capacity magazine for the FNX 45 model pistols. “Why is it 2.5 rounds, not 2 and not 3,” you ask? Our mag extension provides space for 2 additional rounds to be loaded, and it leaves enough space for the stack to further compress the magazine spring to allow a fully loaded magazine to be seated with the slide in battery.”

Apex Tactical FNX Magazine Base Pad Extension
Not only do you get more capacity with this extension but it functions as an additional finger rest and makes it easier to do mag changes. (Photo credit: Apex Tactical)

There are more uses for this magazine extension than only increased capacity. Use of the Apex Tactical Magazine Base Pad Extension gives you a larger surface to grasp during magazine changes which facilitates the speed with which you can strip the mag from your gun. For shooters with large hands the extension also functions as extra real estate to use as a finger rest. These same features also mean it’s easier to grab magazines from their holsters and makes them more readily identifiable as yours at the range or while taking classes.

Apex Tactical FNX MAgazine basepad

Installing the extension is relatively simple. A single set screw holds the extension in place, and the Allen Key required to install it is included with the magazine base pad extension. When installing, it is necessary to remove the factory base pad retainer. No gunsmith is needed to put this on your FNX-45 magazines.

Apex Tactical FNX Magazine Base Pad Extension
A closer look at the design of the Apex Tactical FNX-45 Magazine Base Pad Extension. (Photo credit: Apex Tactical)

Features and Specifications:

  • Designed specifically for FNX-45 pistols
  • Gives shooters an additional two (2) rounds capacity to magazine
  • Made so the FNX function of going to slide lock after last round is fired continues
  • Finger grooves strategically placed to make stripping magazine easy
  • Machined from aluminum and Black Type III Hardcoat anodized for superior resistance to wear
  • Available in Black or a distressed Battleworn Black
  • Single set screw is all it takes to hold mag extension securely in place
  • Simple to disassemble
  • Easy to install, user-friendly
Apex Tactical FNX Magazine Base Pad Extension
A single set screw is all it takes to hold the magazine base pad extension in place. (Photo credit: Apex Tactical)

Ships with:

  • One aluminum magazine extension
  • One 0.050 inch L-Key Allen Wrench
  • One #4-40 set screw

Additional details:

  • Not for use with the FNX-45 10-round magazine
  • Compatible with standard capacity FNX-45 magazines
  • Magazine not included
  • MSRP $34.95 for black or $39.95 for Battleworn Black
Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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