Since I have the Ruger Security 9 for a long term review, I figured a few improvements were in order. First up is the +2 magazine extension from Galloway Precision. This is an affordable ($14) and easy to install (ten minutes) upgrade that increases the capacity from 15+1 to 17+1. Note that it’s only for the 15 round magazines.
Wait, not aluminum?
That’s right, not aluminum. The carbon fiber-reinforced nylon is actually about 1.5 times stronger than aluminum. If there is a downside, it’s that it’s only available in black. Of course, the upside is that since it didn’t have to be machined and anodized, it’s less than half the cost of a comparable aluminum extension.
There’s not too much to say about the aesthetics of the Galloway Precision +2 Magazine Extension, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s got the slightest bit of texture, just enough so it’s easy to grab. Despite looking somewhat angular, it goes well with the contours of the Security 9. When installed, there is a small gap between it and the bottom of the grip. It’s only slightly bigger than the gap of the OEM baseplate.
Galloway Precision has an excellent installation video, which I have embedded below. But if you can do a full service of a magazine, you can install this. Pop off baseplate, slide the Galloway Precision +2 Magazine Extension on, and tighten the tiny .050″ hex screw (with a little threadlocker). Note that if you don’t own a .050″ hex wrench, they will sell you one for $1.50. Check out the video:
As you can see, this is one of the easier modifications you can make. The video itself is under five minutes, but even taking your time, it’s a quick job. Since it’s only a +2, it also retains the factory spring, which is nice too. No need to buy an aftermarket spring.
Since 9mm ammo is selling for as much as 60 cents or more per round, I can only do so many $10+ magazine dumps to test it. But I really don’t expect any issues. It was a bit more work to squeeze the rounds in (the magazines are still new), and they fed just fine. I ran a few magazines through it without issue. With the Galloway Precision +2 Magazine Extension installed, there’s a bit more room for my pinky. Although the standard magazine is perfectly fine, my pinky overhangs the baseplate just a little. This provides a great fit for my large hands. I wasn’t expecting better results, but some shooters may find that extra grip length to be more than just a comfort benefit.
As mentioned earlier, there is a small gap between the extension and the grip. That gap seems to be needed for the magazine to seat properly. Once in, it’s locked up as tight as the original. There wasn’t any more wiggle with the extension than the original baseplate. It actually felt slightly tighter, which may have to do with spring tension.
I like the Ruger Security 9 for being a reliable, budget-friendly firearm. But there is always room for some improvement. Galloway Precision recognizes this, and offers some high quality performance parts, at more than fair prices. And this is just one of them. If you’re looking for a little extra capacity, this is an easy and affordable option. Find it at the Galloway Precision website. Note that this is the first part of a series, as I’ve got some other upgrades from them to share. So check back soon.
I’d also like to thank Galloway Precision for providing their +2 Magazine Extension for my testing and evaluation. At the same time, I would like to thank them for their continued support of the industry. Innovative and affordable rarely go hand in hand, so props to them for making happy shooters who still have money left over for ammo.
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