Some people carry three guns, but I’m pretty happy with just one: a Wilson Combat 1911. The only exception to my contentedness is the short supply of ammunition that my gun carries. Eight rounds might be enough for the statistically average gunfight, but I don’t plan for the statistical average. I plan for the outliers. Which is why carrying an extra magazine is something I’ve intended to do for some time, but every option I’ve investigated so far sucks. Until I found the SnagMag, that is . . .
The traditional spare mag carry methods are either in a holster on your belt or buried deep in your pocket. The belt-based solution is easy to use and quick to access, but it’s massively uncomfortable the rest of the time. The pocket solution is comfortable enough, but the mag can be damn near impossible to find and extract under pressure. The folks behind SnagMag saw an opening for something comfortable yet secure and designed their pocket solution to fill that role.
The device itself is deceptively simple; it’s just a bit of bent plastic and a clip. The magazine slides into the center and the bent plastic wraps around to keep it secure. The design isn’t anything groundbreaking, but how it’s used is the real trick.
Instead of slipping onto your belt, the magazine slides into your pocket and clips on like a knife. Here in Texas everyone carries knives like this, so seeing someone with a silver clip outside their pocket is completely normal and doesn’t arouse any suspicions. Heck, even my friends at the range thought I was asking them to take a picture of a knife when I handed them the camera and asked them to snap the above picture. It was only when they snapped the next one that they realized what it really was.
When you need to access your second magazine, the SnagMag has it easily accessible and in the same place every time. It makes training much easier and gives me peace of mind that if I ever run dry, I know where my next magazine is coming from.
But while the SnagMag makes the magazines readily accessible, it might be that they’re a little too accessible. I’ve had magazines slide out and fall on the floor a couple of times when I was sitting in a particularly cushy or inclined chair, such as the one in my car. It’s not a major issue and can probably be fixed by putting a small strip of rubber along the top of the device to give it some more friction. It’s the only flaw I could find with the SnagMag.
The SnagMag costs about $35, and but for the want of a strip of a little rubber, it’s the perfect way to tote a spare magazine when carrying a concealed firearm.
SnagMag Concealed Carry Magazine Holster
Ratings (out of five stars):
Ease of Use * * * * *
Slip a magazine in the device and then slip it into your pocket. That’s all there is to it.
Utility * * * * *
It works great.
Overall * * * * 1/2
Fix the problem with magazines inadvertently sliding out and you’ve got yourself a five star product.