NeoMag spare magazine pocket clip
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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.

NeoMag spare magazine pocket clip
Courtesy 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 in your pocket using the magnet in the tray. It’s just that simple. And it works great.

NeoMag spare magazine pocket clip
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I used the medium size on an FN double stack magazine and the large version for my Wilson Combat .45 ACP magazines. Because the guide lips don’t wrap all the way around the magazine, the NeoMag can accept either single stack or double stack magazines with the same holder. It can also mount the magazine on 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 to do it.

Walking, jumping, skipping like an idiot…none of those things got the magazine to detach from the NeoMag inside my shorts pocket.

NeoMag spare magazine pocket clip
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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 (very much like an Emerson Wave on a pocket knife). 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 both the magazine and the carrier out during an extraction. That can be a problem.

NeoMag spare magazine pocket clip
Courtesy NeoMag

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.

NeoMag spare magazine pocket clip
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Some ammunition magazines have a base plate that juts 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 refrigerator magnet before ordering.) NeoMag also makes a version specifically designed for GLOCK magazines.

And the NeoMag will eventually 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 multi tool. I conceal carry. I don’t like 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 maybe a nice pen…an option that neither SnagMag nor NeoMag offers.

NeoMag does offer your choice of clip color (raw titanium or black Cerakote) and clip size (standard or extended).

The NeoMag removes any reason not to carry a fresh magazine…besides the cost. Not to sound like a NeoMag salesman, but how much is your life worth?

NeoMag Magazine Pocket Clip 

Price: About $44 retail

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.

 

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Well that’s quite an idea, if you had them on the outside that probably really speed up a reload.
    Sure would be nice to walk into a gunmshop and buy about 500 rounds of ammunition. Not around these parts, one box limit, and that’s if they got what your looking for.
    Hey gumn manufacturers and accessories, get on somebody and give us some ammo. I’m not buying anymore unless it has ammunition.

  2. Amazon says it will be here tomorrow, I’ll be prepared to bitch if it don’t rock. I have 9mm mags holding 8 rounds and holding 19 rounds, I’ll have to try with both!

  3. The pocket clip on my knife shows. I don’t care. Half the men in this town (or more) have some kind of pocket knife, so I don’t stand out. And I use it all the time.

  4. I assume everyone who carries a pocket clipped knife carries a gun, too. But non-gunnies probably don’t. They probably don’t even know what the clip is for.

  5. Ive a neo-mag believer for 5 years. The only gripe I had was addressed with the introduction of their deep clip for those x-tendos.

    The price is right for an everyday use product you’ll never have to replace. Keep and eye out and you’ll spot on of their regular sales. Buy one of each size and a couple additional deep clips. You’ll never regret it.

  6. They do ok in areas you’ve got to conceal.
    I’m not trying to advertise but everyone carries here.

    • Everybody carries there. Then how come you all ain’t dead? Theres a Miner49er cut and paste somewhere that says you all should be dead by now.

  7. I have only one problem with these, considering they appear to be a great idea well realized:

    Probably 90% or more of the rare earth Neodymium magnets in the world are manufactured in China.

    For what it’s worth.

  8. Clips that flare outward at the bottom like that and are held on only by spring-assisted friction are generally permanently attached to, and intended to slip off with, the item (like a pen or pocketknife).

    Clips that need to remain in place while the item is drawn (especially if it’s being drawn against a tight fit or, in this case, a strong magnet) should be hooked at the bottom to remain attached to the belt, waistband, etc.

    • A powerful magnet should not fry your phone.

      It could definitely fry anything with a magnetic reader strip such as a credit card, drivers license, etc.

  9. Possible typo?

    “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.”

    Shouldn’t it be “If you need a reason to swap from Snag to Neo, there it is”?

  10. Would be nice if there were labels on the first photo identifying the mags and size of neo clips. I’m interested in the one shown on the right which looks like Glock 43 mag with 1 rnd extension.

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  12. with the right hat i could conceal one of these on my headbone. that was a fun ride in the mri… probably should have said something.

    i don’t want to magnetize any aspect of my equipment.

  13. I’m a big fan of Ammo Armor because it addresses two weaknesses of both NeoMag and SnagMag: It both keeps the lint out of my spare magazine, and protects it from denting.

    They have introduced a clip but alas not for my fitment. The well protected magazine floats around in my shorts or jacket pocket, which is not ideal.

  14. Seems like a cool idea if you’re going Biggie styles.

    [I bring pain, bloodstains/
    on what remains of his jacket/
    had a gun? he shoulda packed it/
    cocked it/
    extra clip’s in my pocket/
    so I can reload and explode on you, asshole/]

    Personally I still like a horizontal carrier if I’m going to rock a spare mag that’s not part of the “kit” (such as a shoulder holster set up or a holster with a sidecar).

  15. For smaller single column mags I’ve had good luck with the DeSantis Mag Packer. They are made out of the same rubberized fabric they use for their pocket holsters. They are nice because they keep lint out of the magazine and keep the mag in a fixed orientation in your pocket. If you don’t want a knife clip showing you could use them to hold a knife or multi-tool too.

  16. Wearing rugged utilities with cargo pockets doesn’t enhance the image of being “non combatant” and unarmed. Yoga pants, however, do that. ; ) I’m thinking as much as the tailoring is meant to appear less armed, there’s a quiet line in the sand. Like, low cut hikers vs ballet slippers, a web belt with metal buckle vs a bandana tied thru the front belt loops.

    Now, if the individual is over 6′, in shape, and scanning the crowd, the lack of an obvious weapon is counterbalanced by already being a higher tier on the Alpha scale. Yes, you should attempt to derate your appearance to some degree – larger people appear more aggressive and controlling. Ask Gov. Cuomo.

    If you are under 5″6″ the presence of some clues about what you might be carrying – like, a pocket clipped utility knife – would add to the risk deterrence assessed by predators. There is NO blanket rule for “dressing while armed.” Each has their own issues, locality, and risks to balance.

    Having a magazine sticking out of your pocket in a mag holder that costs more than the mag is another thing. And one that doesn’t control the exposed round in the feed lips is something that field and work experience tells me is risky. Some mags shed rounds unless protected, and mags lacking their full count because they dropped a few in a pocket aren’t all that, either. Much like the clipped knives I see in some folks belts, reversed and exposed., what some permit for themselves, I cannot. Add to that the top pocket space I already have is occupied by an auto knife and USB flashlight – just part of the EDC.

    Each of us has their specific list of things that will work, and those that experience, even tragedy, have taught us will not, and an open carrier for ammo exposed to the trials of the day is off my list. Changing oil, racking firewood, stocking batteries in a display, loading a delivery truck – there are a lot of nice things made to sell, but not all of them are needed or even desireable. I’ve been using a Leatherman suede pocket holster for the spare mag, it’s not a fast reload, no, but then again, I should be moving away from a gunfight with my CCW holstered and unfired. Woe comes to those who weren’t paying attention to their surroundings and stumble blindly into a gunfight in public. At that point an expensive spare mag holder isn’t going to fix things.

    Belt clipped single mag holsters are available if they were just in stock, which signals to me the high popularity of a simple $12 alternative. I’ve learned that when someone is asking 3X the price you get at most a 15 to 20% improvement in durability, features and performance, the rest is all social upranking to impress. It’s a neverending game if you start playing it.

    Walking thru a BigBox grocery store and seeing yoga pants, slippers and the hefty proportions of the individual wearing them, I wish people would realize just because it’s popular doesn’t always work. The Chicago Bulls T shirt didn’t help him either.

  17. Thanks for the review. I was considering buying the neomag for my Beretta 21A in 22 caliber. I checked the sizing in a gun store. The 380 size neomag seems to fit perfectly. And I agree I think the black cerakote is the best color option.

    I will have to do a size check for a 32 ACP magazine.

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