About a month ago we talked about the GeePlate handgun magazine baseplate. Back then there were only two models compatible with the G43 or G26/27/33/39 pistols. When that article was published the company was still designing a similar baseplate for the SIG P365. And recently, GeePlate published a press release announcing that not only the SIG P365 baseplate is now available for purchase but also identical products for the G29, G30, G30s as well as Springfield Armory XD-S pistols chambered in 9x19mm or .40S&W.
As in the case of the previous GeePlate baseplate models, the new ones neither add the magazine capacity nor provide a pinky rest to these subcompact pistols’ grips. GeePlate baseplates simply add a forward extension on the base of the grip which is designed to improve the draw and retention of subcompact pistols as well as increase the controllability of the follow-up shots.
All the new models of GeePlate baseplates are sold at the same price – $14.95. Note also that unlike the previous models that are sold in pairs, the price of $14.95 for new models is per one baseplate.
In their press release, the company also informed that “to facilitate a faster release we are selling these plates through shapeways.com“. The latter is a 3D printing service that helps the individuals and companies to design and manufacture products using their additive manufacturing capabilities. So the newly introduced GeePlate baseplates are 3D printed products.
I think services like those provided by Shapeways are quite interesting and can boost the product development in the firearms industry. The possibility to design and print products or prototypes via a user-friendly interface and without the need to invest in expensive 3D printing equipment should be a great tool, especially for the startup companies or for inventors that have a product idea and need a quick prototyping mean for proving the viability of the concept.
Images from www.geeplate.com