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04-25-2012, 3:46 PM
I was wondering how/if you would carry extra mags when you CCW.

I would think if someone sees you're carrying mags, they would automatically assume you're carrying a weapon.

For me, six rounds is good BUT........

Your inpute would be appreciated.

04-25-2012, 4:01 PM
I think an extra mag, in a belt carrier, is prudent.

If you have a malfunction and drop the current mag on the ground while trying to clear it, you would have a Real Problem.

And over at THR, a member posted some detailed data on self-defense encounters/shootings - 75% of the small number of incidents involved 2 or more Bad Guys, and more than 50% of the defensive shots taken missed.

04-25-2012, 4:17 PM
Do you CC a revolver or pistol?

04-25-2012, 4:22 PM
They make IWB mag pouches for the purpose of carrying extra mags while concealed carrying, think that would take care of the how issue and not add someone seeing you carrying a magazine.

04-25-2012, 4:24 PM
I carry a Safariland horizontal pouch that looks like a cell phone holder.

Can't buy anything here
04-25-2012, 4:29 PM
They make IWB mag pouches for the purpose of carrying extra mags while concealed carrying, think that would take care of the how issue and not add someone seeing you carrying a magazine.

Many who tried them will agree with me that they are more uncomfortable than a gun in the waist band..:(

04-25-2012, 4:33 PM
Do you CC a revolver or pistol?

Glock 36 :D

Liberty Customs
04-25-2012, 5:28 PM
horizontal mag holster:



sometimes I just slip one in one of my pockets

04-25-2012, 7:01 PM
I NEVER carry without a spare magazine on my support side. While I've never had any problems with my carry guns and the shots in an average defensive gun fight is in the low single digits, having a contingency when I'm trying to save myself or a loved one is a GREAT thing. I've found quality OWB magazine carriers that are designed for CCW more than sufficient with a standard polo. I really prefer single magazine carriers since I can wear one single if I want to reduce bulk. For kydex, I'm really enjoying Cane and Derby gear (although their customer service leaves something to be desired), and Dale Fricke Holsters (he does make horizontal carriers). For leather, I really like Milt Sparks (although the wait time is looong) and TT Gunleather (here in CA and they do have a quick ship product line). What holster/clothing choices are you going with now?

04-25-2012, 7:26 PM
Just put an extra mag in your pocket. That way it doesnt stand out on your side. Its really that simple. Just figure out what works for you and go with it.

04-25-2012, 7:33 PM
How about an ankle magazine holder? Do they even make those???

04-25-2012, 7:39 PM
I agree with the pocket theroy...coat pocket, pants pocket,shirt pocket...

04-25-2012, 7:55 PM

Carry full size 1911 - during training I have been convinced that in a high stress - shoot NOW and MOVE situation you will squeeze off more rounds than you would expect....

plus many encounters are multiple bad guys - last sound I want to hear is my gun go "click"

I used to think "if I need more than 9 rounds, I'm in the wrong fight" - now I think "I plan to be the last guy standing, because it's always the wrong fight"


Sir Stunna Lot
04-26-2012, 12:18 AM
always have a spare mag on me either for extra fire power or for trouble shooting

i carry it weak side OTB leather vertical hoslter. it is less obvious than one might think since they ride rather high. just think of it like carrying a multitool in a nylon holster (but the mag rides much higher)

comfort wise, it is nice since it evens out the weight (not the same weight as a whole gun, but every bit helps)

04-26-2012, 12:51 AM
I carry a spare a Glock 19 mag and when I carry my Sig P220 I carry two extra in a "Magazine Wallet" from www.abetterholster.com




04-26-2012, 1:31 AM
I carry a revolver with a speed loader in my pocket.

04-26-2012, 2:56 AM
I always carry a spare magazine, usually two. Magazines, being mechanical devices, can fail.

I have a few different ways of carrying a spare magazine or two, depending on what I am wearing etc. A few things I have learned:

Carrying spare magazines opposite of your weapon, if your weapon is carried at the waist strong side (IWB or OWB) sort of "balances" your load. Ditto in reverse for a shoulder holster.

Magazines carried at the waist (weak side) even OWB are easier to hide than the butt of many pistols. My smallest carry pistol is an HK P2000 SK, and magazines carried on the opposite side are (for me anyway) easier to conceal (not print) than the gun.

IWB magazine carriers (I've tried the single from Comptac and the double from Crossbreed) are NOT comfortable at all.

Single stack magazines can easily slip into a front pocket. I have also carried a mag for my SIG P220 by slipping it into the coin pocket of my jeans, with my belt over the exposed portion. Not ideal, but it does work, and made me wonder where I might find jeans with that 5th pocket on the left hand side.

Often two single magazine carries works better than one double magazine carrier.

As we are often reminded, a stout, quality belt makes a big difference, for gun and mags.

04-26-2012, 3:09 AM
I always carry a spare mag or speed loader + cuffs & pepper spray, and I'm retired.

M. D. Van Norman
04-26-2012, 7:09 AM
Many who tried them will agree with me that they are more uncomfortable than a gun in the waist band

Take a look at Kelley Gun Leather (http://www.kelleygunleather.com/).


Steven Kelley clearly understands the problem. :)

04-26-2012, 12:11 PM
I use an old leather business card holder for the spare:


...one is "none":oji:

04-26-2012, 12:14 PM
Revolver = Speed strip in front pocket
Auto = Spare mag OWB on belt (shirt untucked)

04-26-2012, 8:01 PM
Safariland makes a nice double paddle holster for mags.. I never leave home without it.


04-26-2012, 9:22 PM
I use these:
http://www.gebhardsolutions.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Carrier_XD_9.265173923_std.jpg (http://www.gebhardsolutions.com/gebhard_solutions_kydex) (image is a link)http://www.gebhardsolutions.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/2011-03-04_desert-tan_intro.62185111_std.jpeg

These add hardly any bulk to the mag, even with a relatively thick Glock magazine. You can stack as many next to each other as you need and they will conform to your body.

Glock 19 with at least one spare on the person. Grab bag with several more in the car.

I wholeheartedly agree with dobek's post that if things go South it is very likely that a lot of rounds will go downrange... an attacker that is high on drugs may take several hits without knowing it...

04-26-2012, 9:27 PM
Pocket carry an extra mag

04-26-2012, 9:36 PM
Carrry a gun=carry spare ammo...or as I do on occassion, carry a spare gun. I'm a fan of offside pocket carry for my spare G-27 magazine.
Spare ammo gives you options, no spare ammo leaves very little option. Nobody ever lost a gunfight because they had too much ammo. :13:
The only time too much ammo is a problem is if you catch on fire or fall in to the deep end of a swiming pool. :gunsmilie:

04-26-2012, 9:52 PM
I simply carry 2 extra mags for my Glock 19 on my support side in a Fobus double-mag carrier made of kydex.

I think it cost me like $11.

04-27-2012, 8:02 AM
And over at THR, a member posted some detailed data on self-defense encounters/shootings - 75% of the small number of incidents involved 2 or more Bad Guys, and more than 50% of the defensive shots taken missed.
Were those private sector self defense incidents?

Swift Justice
04-27-2012, 8:39 AM
I carry a single extra G17 mag for my G26 in a CompTac IWB carrier, because most of the time my clothing and situation dictates that I have to have something tuck-able and totally invisible. Is it comfortable? Not really, but not as uncomfortable as not carrying a spare mag... For me during practice drills a mag change from a carrier on the belt has always been faster than fishing in my pocket for the extra mag.

For the LCP I have a Desantis pocket carrier for the extra mag.

04-27-2012, 10:25 AM
I was going to ask...how likely is it during an armed encounter, when the stakes are high and the adrenaline is pumping (and after some rounds have already been fired), that you will be able to get your hand in your front pocket? I don't think I would ever carry a mag there. maybe the back pocket, or if the mag stuck out of the top of the pocket. But I can hardly get my hand in my front pockets when I am cool calm and collected.

04-27-2012, 6:12 PM

Shirt easily covers. Also holds my flashlight.

04-27-2012, 6:33 PM
my dad always CCed in a fanny pack, which really solves the question of "where do you keep the extra mags?". It seems like a funny place to put it, but it was accessible enough for him to draw on a guy who tried to jack his truck at a gas station.

04-27-2012, 7:18 PM
Lots of good ideas! I keep a extra mag in my pocket, but definitely see some good alternatives!

04-27-2012, 7:58 PM
I do not have a CCW, but I talked to a gentleman that used one of those smartphone "holsters" to hold two spare 1911 magazines hidden in plain sight. Seemed like great idea to me.


04-28-2012, 8:21 AM
I usually CCW a S&W 337 in an ankle holster -- it has an elastic pocket on the outside of my ankle that holds two speed strips very nicely. Quick access, quick to reload (for a revolver) and light and handy such that I can have it with me always.

04-28-2012, 10:44 AM
I use a old Gerber multi-tool pouch works great for a 1911 magazine

04-28-2012, 2:21 PM
Small camera pouches also work well for a pocket-carried pistol.

For EDC, I much prefer at least a compact size pistol such as a G19.