Sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference. It was a couple of months ago Tandemkross sent me a pair of their Tomahawk extended magazine base pad for the Ruger 22/45.

The Tomahawk adds a bit of thickness to the magazine base, so when seating the magazine you have a little added insurance of a correct and solid seat.  The toe of the magazine base pad is exaggerated enough to add a bit of area to the bottom of the pistol. If you have large hands and the 22/45 grip area is a bit cramped for you this will help out quite a bit. With that much extension, if you do have to get the magazine out in a hurry be it a hasty magazine swap or clearing a malfunction you have that added real estate to get a hold of the magazine. While this is an easy and inexpensive upgrade it can amount to some much needed insurance when it counts the most.

I have been upgrading the Ruger MK IV 22/45 Lite I reviewed with Tandemkross parts. You can read the original MK IV 22/45 review by following this link . The first Tandemkross upgrade by following this link and Part II by following this link. 

By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

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