What kind of options do we have for carrying extra magazines with us? I guess we could drop one or two in our pocket? However, would you be able to get that magazine out from your pocket under stress? Let’s not even get into all the lint at the bottom of our pockets. Another option is getting a magazine pouch that goes on your carry belt. I guess that’s not a bad idea, but what if you’re trying to carry concealed? That’s a lot of extra bulk at your waist that might print through a jacket. What if there was another option?
I recently learned about the ExtraCarry magazine carriers, and what caught my attention right away is that these aren’t really your run of the mill magazine carriers. So, let’s go over what I found.
If you’re worried about ExtraCarry not supporting your firearm of choice, they’ve probably got you covered. The site has a very long list of manufacturers they support, as well as listing a universal carrier that will fit practically any 9mm magazine.
Right off the bat, I noticed that these are much smaller than other magazine carriers I’ve looked at. I was sent a pair of carriers for testing; one was adjustable for double-stack magazines, and the other was not adjustable and held the single-stack 10mm magazine for my Springfield TRP 1911, I guess that would explain why “single stack 1911” is stamped on the back, huh?
The fit was perfect and held the magazine firmly, but not so secure that removing the magazine would be an issue. What I like with this carrier is you can clip it anywhere you want. Either on your belt and outside the waistband, or inside your pants pocket or even inside the pocket of your jacket. For the ladies, you can clip this inside your purse so your spare magazine is never lost in the abyss.
When the ride height is set correctly, only a metal clip can be seen from the pocket, so it looks like an unassuming pocket knife. This allows you several additional options for the placement of the carrier that do not rely on placing them on your belt. This is a far better option than having an extra magazine held in the same place as the holster your gun is in. Wouldn’t you rather have spare magazines located on your weak side? This way you’re not forced to remove your strong hand from the firearm just to change magazines.
The construction of these carriers is second to none. The metal clip is firmly attached to the carrier and holds the unit in place very snugly.
On the adjustable carrier, I was able to change the width of the carrier to accommodate thicker magazines as well as adjusting the ride height to allow me to carry the magazine much deeper for better concealment — or higher up if I so chose. It only took me about a minute with a Phillips screwdriver to drop this extended magazine below the clip line, allowing me to conceal a 23-round magazine inside my pocket. Now only a small metal clip would be showing on the outside while having my spare magazine firmly held in place. The adjustment on this really makes it adaptable for many modes of carry.
Finally, after walking around for a day or so with both of these on my person, I found them to not get in the way or bother me while sitting down or wearing a seat belt. One thing I tried is to adjust the cant angle of the carrier and the holes don’t line up. This isn’t a major concern, just something I wanted to point out. I personally like my firearm and magazines to all point forward for fast and easy removal. This also makes it more difficult for a person to come up from behind and remove anything without my consent.
Overall, I didn’t find a single thing wrong with these magazine carriers. The quality is very good, and my magazines fit firmly in place with little chance of them falling out. Not having the spare magazine tethered to the holster of my sidearm is a huge plus for me, as is having the ability to place one or more magazines on my person just about anywhere I wish.
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