It makes sense to carry a spare magazine on your body for defensive purposes. We've highlighted the main reasons why this is a good idea in this article, here, but if you're new to concealed carry, or are just starting to consider carrying a spare magazine for extra ammo purposes, you may not know where to start.
Being that I've been around for a bit and have tried my fair share of different brands, let me highlight some of my favorites for you below.
So, what are the top 3 best spare mag carriers, at least according to me? Let's get started:
Snag Mag Magazine Carrier —
The snag mag helps solve a problem for those of us who really don't like anything extra on our waistline but still want to carry an extra magazine just in case the unthinkable happens.
This is currently my go-to mag carrier right now because I'm one of those people. And, as an added benefit, it looks like nothing more than a small pocket knife where it clips on to your pocket.
As a downside, it lacks adjustability. There are no screws to adjust retention and you therefore cannot use the one you have for multiple different guns unless it already fits.
Now I will say that the Kydex they're made of is flexible and I actually ended up with a Snag Mag for a model gun they didn't service because it was similar in size and I flexed the plastic inward so it fit. So, there is some leeway there, it just isn't much.
If you're already used to carrying a magazine carrier on your hip, there will be a bit of a learning curve to get the spare magazine out of the Snag Mag, but it's nothing practice can't help.
These don't work with all types of pant pockets. If you're wearing jeans, you should be good to go. The hook on the side grabs the material just how it should. However, if you're wearing khakis or cargo shorts like I do in the summer with a slanted pocket, I've found that the Snag Mag comes out with the magazine.
Knowing this, I opt for a different setup when I'm wearing pants or shorts with those types of pockets.
You can find more information on the Snag Mag here.
Tulster Echo Magazine Carrier —
This is my favorite on the waist magazine carrier. The way they adjust for retention is actually different than most others on the market, and that's the main reason why I like it so much. Instead of having to tighten down four different screws to get the retention I want, with the overall Kydex and screws tensioning down on a rubber gasket of sorts, there is just one adjustment screw on this one.
The Echo Mag Carrier's adjustment screw actually pushes an arm (extending it) inward toward the magazine to hold it in place that way. That makes the swapping of guns much easier. One day if you want to carry your 365, and the next your Hellcat, all you have to do is loosen, or tighten, one screw to do so.
Another benefit is that there are elongated holes to adjust for cant or ride height if necessary that are found on both sides making it ambidextrous.
The Kydex is very sturdy and is available in a few different colors. The one I have is gray, and is the one pictured above.
Finally, they have an excellent warranty, and can be found on their website, here.
LAG Tactical Mag Carrier —
Last, but certainly not least in terms of quality, is the LAG Tactical magazine carrier. This mag pouch is formed of sturdy Kydex material and is adjustable in terms of mag retention.
It can be adjusted by screwing or unscrewing the four retention screws that, in turn, clamp down tighter on the magazine it's holding. While this mag carrier doesn't see daily use as much as it used to, it's still functional and I do keep it in my range bag as my “oops I forgot my mag carrier” tool.
Something I really like about just about all of LAG Tactical's holsters and mag carriers is the flared mouth. They actually flare the top, or the opening, of their holsters and mag pouches out to help the re-holstering process out more.
This is an excellent mag carrier that far surpasses many others out there.
You can find out more information on this magazine carrier, here.
Your Turn, What's Your Mag Carrier?
Now I want to know what you're using as a spare magazine carrier. It's important because we all have gear we like and, even though I work for the industry, maybe I haven't heard of your brand yet.
Let us know in the comments below.