M2 CORP M.A.D.S. (Magazine Auxiliary Defense System)
A while back, a new gun accessory company, M2 Corp, reached out to Gunblog.com and asked us to take a look at their M.A.D.S. or Magazine Auxiliary Defense System. To clarify the long acronym, its a spiked butt plate that goes on the bottom of your 1911 or Glock magazine, but to M2’s credit, their name sounds much better than spiked butt plate. It’s intent is to be able to turn your pistol into a striking device. I’ve had a few weeks to handle the M.A.D.S. for the 1911 and gave the Glock model for a friend of Gunblog’s to check out. M2 has made a very interesting accessory that may be more for looks for some, but could prove to very functional for a niche market.
The M.A.D.S. is made of a very durable polymer which mirrors the same type of polymer seen on high end magazines and Glock frames. The “teeth” of the M.A.D.S. are sharper than I anticipated and they’re quite small. Although there’s not much to the M.A.D.S.’s construction, it seems solid and durable.
Installation differs between the Glock and the 1911. We’ll start with the easier one, the Glock. Installation only consists of sliding off the bottom plate of your Glock 9mm/.40 magazine and sliding on the M.A.D.S.–voilà, your Glock’s magazine is now a pistol whipping enhancement device.
The 1911’s installation is not nearly as easy, as you’ll need some tools to complete the job. Its not serious gunsmithing, but drilling is involved. The 1911’s M.A.D.S. kit comes with the actual M.A.D.S. itself along with 2 small screws. Installation consists of drilling two small pilot holes on the bottom of your 1911’s magazine floor plate (I used 1/32″ bits to install mine). After that, its just a matter attaching the M.A.D.S. onto the magazine’s floor plate–which can be a little tricky. If you have a magnetic screw driver then it’s much easier guiding the screws in and attaching the M.A.D.S.
Overall, the installation isn’t that difficult, especially the Glock’s model–and after it’s installed, the M2 Corp M.A.D.S. definitely gives the pistol a fierce look.
So its pretty obvious what the intended function of the M.A.D.S. is right? But how well does it work, and what are some of the pros vs cons of installing the device?
First off, the pros. It turns your pistol into a fantastic melee device. Seriously, I would hate to be pistol whipped by this thing. I have a habit of slamming my magazines in the well; I like to ensure they’re seated. Only once I made the mistake of slamming the magazine in with the M.A.D.S. installed, and after my palm felt like it was ravaged by piranhas. So the M.A.D.S. achieves its goal as being a pain infliction device. If I was in the absolute worst case scenario where my gun doesn’t work and I’m forced to use it as a melee weapon, I would want a M.A.D.S. installed for sure.
It should be noted that after installing the M.A.D.S. on the Glock or the 1911, both guns worked flawlessly. Installing the M.A.D.S. had absolutely no impact on the functionality of the pistol.
There are some trade-offs for installing the M.A.D.S. on your pistol/magazine. First off, if you carry concealed, the teeth of the M.A.D.S. could do a number on you jacket or shirt. I’m sure after a while, it could damage your clothes. Also, if you’re carrying in a holster while driving, the M.A.D.S. could eat up your car seat. Just a couple of things to think about before installing a M.A.D.S. Another drawback is on the 1911 M.A.D.S., after installing it, it makes it almost impossible to take off the bottom plate of the magazine.
The M2 Corp Magazine Auxiliary Defense System or M.A.D.S. has a big complex name for a simple straight to the point device. It serves its purpose fully–it turns your magazine into a great pain infliction device. I can see police officers liking this since it can turn their magazine in a great submission device. Having the M.A.D.S. even mildly pressed into my skin is enough for me to say uncle. Although this device is mainly aimed at law enforcement, I can imagine plenty of gun owners installing it on their home defense pistol.
The M.A.D.S. costs $12.95 for either the 1911 model or the Glock. Both are available at M2corporation.com.