10-8 Performance unveiled the new machined aluminum base pad for the 1911 at SHOT. The prototype pads shown above are bare aluminum, but the production units will be anodized black. The pads have the now classic 10-8 base pad features – scooped in the front for stripping a stuck mag, and 8 dimples on the bottom for numbering. You will also notice from the photos that the pad has a unique angled profile. This is derived from a concept developed by Chip McCormick and a member of 10-8 Performance, and gives you the best attributes of both low profile and extended base pads in one design. The pad is thin and low profile in the back where you don’t need the material, but is extended up front to provide a positive index in the hand during loading and manipulation. The pad allows you to fully seat the magazine with an extended magazine well, while providing a slim profile for carry. The front of the pad sticks out just enough to allow you to easily pull on it either for ensuring the mag is seated or for malfunction clearance. The pad is designed for the Chip McCormick Power Mag 8, but will also fit the Wilson 47D magazine. Based on info from 10-8 Performance, these should be available VERY soon.