I’m a SnagMag salesman. No, I don’t work for them and I don’t get freebies either. 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 have found something I like even more…the NeoMag.
The NeoMag is a small rectangular steel tray with guide lips, a magnet and a titanium 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, just like a knife’s, and the tray stays on the inside. It holds your magazine inside the pocket using the magnet in the tray. It’s just that simple, and it works great.
I used the medium size on an FN double stack magazine and the large for my Wilson Combat .45 ACP magazine. Because the guide lips don’t wrap all the way 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.
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 . . .
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?
Price: $39.99 to $44.99 per clip, depending on size
Order from: www.theneomag.com
Ratings (out of five stars):
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.