Gear Review: Neomag Magazine Pocket Clips

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I’m a SnagMag salesman. No, I don’t work for them. And no, I don’t get freebies. I buy their products just like everyone else. But I’ve bought a lot of them, I tell everyone about them and I often don’t have one on me because I’ve given it away to someone I meet that isn’t carrying spare ammunition. Please note I said “spare.” There is no such thing as “extra” ammunition. Extra is what you don’t need. Spare is what you will need sooner or later. Anyway, I may have found something I like even more . . .

Sharing a cigar with RF, I spied some new product sitting on the less than top-secret work/poker/cigar table in the TTAG above-ground bunker/garage. RF handed me a couple of shiny new concealed magazine holders from NeoMag..

(courtesy theneomag.com)

The NeoMag’s a small rectangular tray with small guide lips, a magnet and a pocket clip. The NeoMag uses an N35-N52 grade neodymium magnet producing eight pounds of pull at operating temperatures up to 100 degree Celsius. As far as durability is concerned, the NeoMag’s magnet could lose 1/100th of its strength in 50 years. So no worries there. Although it never sleeps, rust isn’t an issue either.

The NeoMag’s clip goes on the outside of your pocket, the tray on the inside. It holds your magazine inside the pocket by the magnet in the tray. It’s just that simple, and it works great.

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We used the medium size for RF’s FN double stack magazine and the large for my Wilson Combat .45ACP magazine.  Because the guide lips don’t wrap around the magazine, the NeoMag can accept either single stack or double stack magazine with the same holder. It can also mount the magazine either side and up or down inside your pocket.

I tried them in my pocket for a bit, then pulled them out and shook them. With a .45ACP magazine fully loaded, I turned the magazine holder flat towards to floor and shook it vigorously, I could get the magazine to fall out. But that’s what it took. Walking, jumping, skipping like an idiot – none of those things got the magazine to detach from the NeoMag inside my shorts pocket.

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The fresh mag comes out of the pocket quickly, even more easily than it does with my SnagMags. This is no small point. The less expensive SnagMag relies on a small hook catching on the side of your pocket as you withdraw your magazine. If it doesn’t catch on the hook, say, if the SnagMag is in the middle of your pocket, you’re depending on the clip being strong enough to stop you from pulling out both the magazine and the carrier during an extraction. Which it is. Until, maybe, it isn’t. In contrast . . .

The NeoMag is has a rubber pad underneath the clip. This keeps the clip in place no matter where you place the NeoMag in your pocket. If you need a reason to swap from Neo to Snag, there it is. That said, there are a few more considerations . . .

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Some ammunition magazines have a base plate that jut out an an odd angle; depending on the magazine’s design a NeoMag-held ammo mag may not sit perfectly flush in your pocket. Also, some magazine are made of stainless steel; the NeoMag’s magnet is not attracted to stainless. (To be completely sure of compatibility, check your magazine with a common magnet before ordering.) And the NeoMag will wear the edge of your pocket – but no more or less than a pocket knife.

I have only one problem with the NeoMag. The clip looks like a clip for a pocket knife or tool. I conceal carry. Even if it becomes legal to open carry in Texas, I will still conceal carry. I don’t want to announce that I’m armed in any way; I don’t want to look like I’m carrying a magazine, a knife or a tool.  I’d much rather the NeoMag clip look like a [fat] clip for a nice pen – an option that neither SnagMag nor NeoMag offers.

The NeoMag removes any reason not to carry a fresh magazine. Well, that and money. Not to sound like a NeoMag salesman, how much is your life worth?
NeoMag 
Price: $44.99 per clip for small, medium or large
Order from: www.theneomag.com
Ergonomics: * * * * *
Put it in your pocket and forget it. Until you need it.
Performance: * * * * *
The NeoMag stays in place both before and during ammunition magazine extraction.
Rating * * * * *
The NeoMag works exactly as advertised. It isn’t cheap but it might just save your life.

comments

  1. avatar Cubbie says:

    What about ones for my .357 speedloaders?!

    1. avatar Kyle says:

      You dont need more than 5 man, thats WHY you carry a 357!

    2. avatar Sock Monkey says:

      Ah, pocket clips – for when you want stuff to fall right out of your pocket.

      And Jon, “conceal carry” is not a thing. No is English. “Carry concealed” is your huckleberry.

      1. avatar Mike Barbier says:

        My knife has never fallen out of my pocket when clipped in. …or my flashlight…the neomag clip is even tighter than them.

  2. avatar ABC in Illinois says:

    The rubber magazine spacer on a full size 9mm magazine used as a pocketed spare for a S&W 9mm compact would have to be removed if the magazine is stored base plate facing up. Otherwise if the magazine is placed so the magnet can attach to the metal nearer the middle the magazine would stick out over the top of the pocket. Though a magazine without the spacer wouldn’t be a big deal in a duress situation.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Took a class with my SR9c. Carry mag is 10 rounds, but it likes the full size 17 round Ruger mags just as much (they’re just hard to conceal).

      I swapped mags all day long, fired 400 rounds, and really could not tell the difference when I had the longer mags in without rubber spacers except it took a lot longer to run dry.

      This sounds like a good carry option for one of those 17 rounders and I will have no problem leaving the rubber part at home.

  3. avatar Jack says:

    You CCW but you don’t carry a knife? Or don’t want to show that you’re carrying a knife?

    1. avatar General Zod says:

      Carrying a pocket knife is not the same thing as carrying a weapon…you’re carrying a useful tool.

      1. avatar Anthony Reddy says:

        Useful tool?
        A handgun is a very useful tool!

  4. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    The clip looks like a clip for a pocket knife or tool. I don’t want to announce that I’m armed in any way; I don’t want to look like I’m carrying a knife or a tool.

    Dang you’re paranoid.

  5. avatar Patrick says:

    Could the magnet damage a cell phone? I remember back in the day my dad would have an aneurysm if magnets were in even the same room as our computers, not sure if cell phones are different in that regard…

    1. avatar John L. says:

      Cell phone probably not, although it might interact with the magnets in the speaker and microphone. A bigger concern for me would be credit cards or anything else with a mag stripe.

      It really depends, in the end, on what the magnetic field patterns look like with and without a magazine in place. But from the picture and description there doesn’t seem to be a designed-in magnetic flux return path. So if may be a concern.

      1. avatar Gene says:

        That’s why I use a 1.21 jiggawatts flux capacitor to help with that return path.

        Well, someone had to make that reference…

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      The concern on magnets and computers had to do with the magnets magnetizing the shadow mask (?) on a Cathode Ray Tube and making the the colors weird on the monitor.

      Degaussing (De-magnetizing) the CRT is a simple operation.

      1. avatar Chris says:

        Not if you get a powerful enough magnet. I had one monitor go permanently wonky – no amount of degaussing helped it. To be fair, we used an industrial magnet that my 250 pound self (at the time) used to swing from the I-beams in my house with.

    3. avatar Jon in CO says:

      I’m not sure about you, but my cell phone and anything else that would possibly be damaged by a magnet all get their own pockets. This would be in its own pocket by itself opposite from phone and wallet.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “This would be in its own pocket by itself opposite from phone and wallet.”

        Good point.

        At night when you empty your pockets keep the magazine magnet away from the credit cards in your wallet.

    4. avatar Geoff PR says:

      ” I remember back in the day my dad would have an aneurysm if magnets were in even the same room as our computers, not sure if cell phones are different in that regard…”

      The issue with magnets and computers was that magnets could magnetize the shadow mask directly behind the glass on the monitor and make the colors go weird.

      It isn’t permanent tho, de-gaussing (de-magnertizing) the screen is a simple operation.

      1. avatar Paelorian says:

        Magnets can damage hard drives, too. I think flash memory is OK, though, or at least less sensitive.

    5. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Could the magnet damage a cell phone? I remember back in the day my dad would have an aneurysm if magnets were in even the same room as our computers,…”

      The issue with magnets and computers is that magnets can magnetize the shadow mask directly behind the glass screen on a CRT making the colors look weird . It isn’t a permanent condition as you can degauss (de-magnetize) the screen.

      It isn’t an issue on LCD monitors/screens as there is no electron beam for a magnet to disrupt.

  6. avatar Geoff PR says:

    One concern is when you empty your pockets out at night is to keep the magnet away from magnetic stripe credit-cards in your wallet.

  7. avatar El Mac says:

    Uh, throwing money down the drain. Drop the mag in a pocket. Free. Simple. Works. Still. Again.

  8. avatar M9A1MAN says:

    $45??? No thanks. I could buy two spare mags for my gun for that money. I’ll stick to my $9 kydex mag holder instead.

  9. avatar Sian says:

    I’m sorry but that seems way expensive for what it is.

    Why a titanium clip when a spring steel one will work just as well? It just seems to me that something could be made that’s functionally identical, out of spring steel and plastic instead of titanium, aluminum and stainless steel, for half the price.

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      Spring steel would actually work better: Titanium is strong and light, but it’s pretty brittle and it’s certainly not very springy.

      This is an expensive show off widget for middle management buzzword junkies and gear snobs who think expensive equals better.

      The guys over at TTAK will love it.

      1. avatar Art out West says:

        Exactly! The price is a joke. I think it would be a great accessory, if the price was under ten bucks. Forty-five bucks is half a Mosin, or Marlin .22 (based on what I paid a few years back – not today).

  10. avatar HolyCOW says:

    So any keys, coins, etc will stuck to the mag or the clip…

    Unless I use that pocket only for the spare mag…

    1. avatar Scoutino says:

      US coins are non magnetic. Most of keys are made of brass and as such are also not magnetic.

  11. avatar Hannibal says:

    That’s not a clip, that’s a… oh, wait, it is a clip.

  12. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    How about Glock mags?

    1. avatar CA.Ben says:

      I was waiting for someone to get around to this elephant in the room.

      1. avatar Michael Davies says:

        The very first picture at the top of this review shows it on 3 Glock magazines. The Facebook page shows videos of it working on Glock magazines too.

    2. avatar Defens says:

      Don’t they have a steel liner? Or did that go away a few years ago? I haven’t owned a Glock in quite awhile.

  13. avatar Marc says:

    I second El mac; my pockets are for carrying things……how bout yours?

  14. avatar Bob says:

    I am a snag mag user as well. Carry both the extended mag and regular xds mag.

    Very happy with it, and I like the fact that the snag mag covers the exposed round. Even so I put nothing else in that pocket. I do think it’s expensive for a formed peice of kydex and a belt clip. Not sure about the magnet and especially the cost.

    Jon’s point about the snag mag coming out with the mag is spot on. Normally not a problem but some angled shorts pockets mean you have to be sure it’s positioned correctly

  15. avatar Ron says:

    I have no idea how this actually works when changing mags, so maybe someone can clarify. Is the magnet is so strong that it take two hands to separate mag from magnet?
    If so, when you actually have to use your weapon, empty the mag, then go to reload, do you have to lay your weapon down and separate mag from holder before reloading and continuing the fight?

    1. avatar Michael Davies says:

      Here is a video review. The magnet holds strong but is easy to slide out. Retention is about perfect. http://youtu.be/irZHswS-vJA

  16. avatar defensor fortismo says:

    If discretion is what you’re worried about, you could always use a rcs pocket shield. But then again, you can use conventional pouches with a pocket shield which kind of defeats the purpose.

    http://raven-concealment-systems1.mybigcommerce.com/moduloader-pocket-shield/?faceted_search=0

  17. avatar Hank says:

    My concern would be that repeatedly sliding the magazine across the magnet will magnetize it. Big deal? maybe not but a magnetic magazine would pick up steel filings inside and out. You’d be surprised how much ferrous particles are in the environment.

    On a positive note, if you get lost in the woods, just hang the magazine by a string and it will point you North.

    1. avatar Havoc50 says:

      The magnet would have to come into contact with the magazine for that to occur. The magnet does not contact the magazine on the Neomag. Been carrying one for a couple months. It works perfectly for what’s it designed for. Another mosin nor 2 more magazines would accomplish what the neomag does for my daily defense plan. It simplified and sped up my reload on my daily carry gun.

    2. avatar defensor fortismo says:

      To be fair, this isn’t the first time they’ve used magnets to retain magazines. Tactical tailor and TAG have been sewing them into pouches for years.

  18. avatar Dustin says:

    I’ve been doing similar with nothing but the magnet. Put magnet inside pants, stick mag to it, done. No loss of function compared to these. Cheaper. Simpler. Many more uses.

    I have a 4x set of 1in x .5in x .25in that holds a fully loaded 30rd sttel AK magazine to my hip with no concern of it falling off. I split them apart to hold up to 4 PT740 or PT1911 Magazines.

  19. avatar CTsheepdog says:

    Simple fix for those worried about being “outed” as carrying some thing in the pocket. If you where tan or coyote-ish utility/tactical pants frequently, paint the damned pocket clip. Cerokote, Duracoat or rattlecan, getting rid of the dark color makes the clip 90% (non-scientific) less visible.

    I have two identical EDC Benchmade folders, one I had the clip and scales Cerokoted a mid-coyote color that blends well enough with desert tan and coyote colored VERTX pants. The other remains black for blue jeans or dark pants.

  20. avatar Tinman says:

    Late to the party.
    I like the concept but price wise; hmm…. No. It is not even in the vicinity of close.
    I made my own “MAG.na-clip” using the concept of a money clip and what I did [since I get these types of gifts all the time] was..
    1. I bought a much stronger magnet at the local science shop.. or you could order a magnet, if there is not a similar stores around.
    2. Cut open one side of the money clip.. insert stronger magnet into flap.
    3. Resew with dental floss, which I then used a black sharpie marker to dye out the dental floss.
    4. My MAG.na-clip not only holds a spare mag but also sports a “Coach” emblem and does not budge while in my pocket….
    or… just get a thin money clip and super glue a strong magnet.. presto, somewhat. ha!

  21. avatar John says:

    This works great for me. I use it for my Glock 22 & PX4 Compact (9mm) mags. No complaints. Very smooth transition and conceals very well. Only impact is that I don’t carry anything else in my pocket. Highly recommended.

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