One of the things that’s become painfully clear recently is that I need a better way to carry a spare magazine when I carry concealed. Quick reloads are a big reason why I’ve yet to pass the Air Marshall Qualifier Drill, and so I started looking around for alternatives. I used my Blade-Tech pouches with my CZ P07 when I when to Front Sight, and I got used to just grabbing my spare mag when I needed it without having to fumble with extraneous flaps and whatnot.
You’d think with the booming popularity of personal defence, you’d see a bunch of low-priced mag pouches designed for concealed carry.
And you’d be wrong.
My first attempt at a spare mag pouch was a horizontal cell phone pouch, which didn’t really work because it was still a two-step process to access the spare mag: One to pop open the case and one to grab the mag. So the search was on for a replacement.
First up was a spare case for my old Blackberry Curve (on the left in the photo). It gained points for not having a flap to get in the way, but it didn’t hold the spare mag securely and seated the mag too deeply to easily grab.
Next I tried a spare multitool case (center) and a nylon Blackhawk! mag pouch (right) I bought at the local Wal-Mart, but again, that $#!@ cover flap got in the way of a speedy reload.
So off I went to Amazon.com. There are a LOT of mag pouches out there, but I found out quickly they fell into one of three categories: Cheap nylon pouches with cover flaps that were similar to what I already had tried and rejected, high-speed low-drag race gear like the Blade-Techs I already own, and leather pouches that held two mags but cost $50 or more.
I carry A spare mag, not two. I have 16 in the CZ or 10 in the Sccy, and if 32/20 rounds of 124 grain Speer Gold Dot doesn’t take care of the problem, it’s time to beat feet. I began to suspect that the majority of the mag pouches I found were designed for law enforcement and not concealed carry.
Eventually, I found a Blackhawk! single mag pouch for double-stack 9mm/.40. The price was certainly right, and it held one mag rather than two without a cover flap.
And it works!
It’s very comfortable, (I have it on my hip as I type this) and yet it holds the magazine securely and it’s just as fast to access as my Blade-Tech race rig. Tomorrow I’ll take it the range and run it through both the Air Marshall Drill and my usual round of drills and see how it works in everyday use.