MagHolder.com‘s new… um, mag holders… are an injection molded, glass filled nylon, horizontal pouches that are currently available for the 1911. (9/40 cal Glock, Springfield and M&P versions should be available by SHOT Show.
Sunday morning I stopped by the post office to check the box and I was greeted by package from Mark at MagHolder.com containing one left and one right-handed, um… mag holder, for a 1911.
Reader: But Ron? You don’t carry a 1911?
Nope. However I have been wanting to experiment with a horizontal mag pouch and Mark offered to send me 1911 pouches to test and then give away to a reader, in advance of the availability of Glock, um… mag holders. I promise to announce how.
At 1st glance the pouches are somewhat unremarkable, injection molded pieces. I am completely OK with that because I like “Gear that Just Works,” but on closer examination there are a couple of features that really show that there is some real thought in the design.
- The pouches have retention built-in to the magazine catch notches to increase retention, since gravity doesn’t help as much
- The back of the belt clip has “checkering” to help keep it from shifting on the belt.
- The belt clip is angled to allow for different width belts (but as you can see from the photo it isn’t a fan of my Milt Sparks)
- The belt clip is a “C” design allowing it to be worn upside down for bullet up carry.
- There are 2 ridges on either side of the magazine inside the pouch to increase friction, without adding too much.
I have only worn it for a day. I still need to try it with a couple of other belts that should fit nicely into the clip, and allow my belt buckle to be centered. I still need to try it with other pants that have a slightly different belt loop placement. I need to try it on my hip. I need to practice with both bullet up and down orientations. And I need to give it a few 1000 more draws, but so far I like it.
How do you feel about the idea of a horizontal mag pouch? And do you have any suggestions for how we should give this away at the end of the test? Let me know by posting a comment below, Tweeting @BalloonGoesUp on Twitter or sending a message to us on Facebook!