A Low Profile Spare Magazine for EDC Backup

SnagMag_2Anyone carrying a firearm for defensive purposes often wants sufficient ammunition for a reload. SnagMag provides a low profile spare magazine option for those carrying a semi-automatic pistol.

It pains me to see people carry a weapon without some sort of reload. A surprising number of people who otherwise ought to know better will throw a gun on and walk out the door without any sort of spare magazine, speed strip, speed-loader, or anything else designed to address that embarrassing click heard when the hammer falls on an empty chamber.

This is foolish for a number of reasons, among them not just the need for additional ammunition but the very real possibility you might have to address malfunctions, at least if you’re carrying a semi-auto.

A new method of carrying spare magazines in a pants pocket has come from SnagMag. It was designed by a law enforcement officers working undercover plainclothes assignments to address the need for a minimalist, low profile carrier for a pistol magazine. Few mag pouches, even those designed for off duty/concealed carry, are pocket-suitable and most of them ‘print’ at least somewhat.

SnagMag_1The SnagMag may not be as familiar or bottom-line efficient as an inside the waistband/outside the waistband mag pouch. But it does present certain concealment options depending on the cover garment and is likely to be taken for one of the pocket knife clips that have become so ubiquitous these days. It would seem to be an excellent, simple solution for someone who needs further concealment or just doesn’t have the real estate to carry both a weapon and reload on or around the belt line.

The SnagMag is built of heat-treated stainless steel that has been sandblasted for a satin/matte finish, with a body manufactured of “holster-grade” .060 PVC/Acrylic thermoplastic. The manufacturer advises that it provides “chemical and impact resistance”. The SnagMag retails on line for $39.95 with an offered 10 percent military/law enforcement discount. Additional images and information available on their Facebook page. (They say “holster grade” presumably meaning kydex, but I’ll double-check.)

EDIT: The material is Boltaron, a competitor to Kydex.

Current magazines it is compatible with include, but are probably not limited to:
1911 (8 rd.)
1911 (7 rd.) (starting week of 4/14/13)
Sig Sauer P220
Sig Sauer P229 (starting week of 4/14/13)
Glock 17
Glock 19
Glock 21
Glock 22
Glock 23
Springfield XD45 (full size)
Springfield XDm Compact 9mm/.40
Springfield EMP
Springfield XDs (starting week of 4/14/13)
Springfield XD full size 9mm/.40 (starting week of 4/14/13)
Ruger LC9
Ruger LCP
S&W Bodyguard .380
S&W M&P Shield
S&W M&P full size 9mm/.40/.357 Sig
S&W M&P Compact 9mm/.40/.357 Sig
Taurus 709 Slim
Kel Tec PF9
Kel Tec P3AT
Kahr CW9
Sig Sauer P238
Beretta Nano
Sig Sauer P232 ( (starting week of 4/14/13)
FNS Full Size 9mm/.40 (starting week of 4/14/13)

Springfield XD 9/.40
S&W M&P .45
Springfield XD Compact .45 (9&10 rd.)
Baby Glock (Glock 26/27)
Sig P229
Sig 232
Walther PPK
FNS 9/.40

Another piece of kit for you to consider when selecting your EDC and ensuring your EDR.

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Kilgore & Call
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  • thebronze

    $40 for a little piece of kydex and a clip?

    No thanks.

  • Rectal Spasm

    I agree, $40 is ridiculous. Good luck with that.

  • Matt

    LOL, I dare you guys to buy kydex and clips, toaster oven, kydex press, rivet dies and rivets and flaring press, cut the kydex to the skeletonized shape, mold, finish edges, drill, flare rivet in hole, mount a clip and launch a product…..and charge less. No, really, go for it. Competition is awesome, join the fray. I’m sorry…what was that? Don’t have time/expertise/money for supplies and tools/inclination, etc? Then clap your trap. :-) Cool idea, good for them.

    • PLiner

      I love how this is always the reply to overpriced kydex products. I don’t think anyone has ever doubted the start up costs of raw materials and or running of a business, no matter what the product is. However when you have a market filled with kydex products, that in some cases have more kydex material, that are of a lower price point, it makes it hard to justify why this or other kydex items are higher priced when they have less materials involved and or perform the same function as the lower priced item.

    • stefan s.

      Speak for yourself…..Some of make our own holsters and spare mag pouches. I have a basement with an industrial sewing machine, tactical nylon, bar tacks, kydex, cow belly leather, rivets etc. Anymore comments from the peanut gallery?

  • Chris

    Meh, limited market for these. Need more/better photos. Seems to hold the mag at a place it would print a lot but who knows. IMHO $29 should be the price.

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  • wilson

    I know that kydex gear takes a lot of effort but even though this is a niche product it should retail for like $30.

  • Billywhat?

    a G17 takes 17 rounds, how big is the chance that you will encounter so many “thugs” at once that you would need to use more than that?
    If you do get into a situation where you would need more it’s better to use the 17 rounds to make the “baddies” duck and get the **** out of there

    • Unistat76

      Quote from the article:

      “This is foolish for a number of reasons, among them not just the need for additional ammunition but the very real possibility you might have to address malfunctions, at least if you’re carrying a semi-auto.”

      Let me expand on several points hinted at in that quote:
      -The number one failure point for semi-autos is the magazine. Carrying a spare adds reliability to your gun. -We do not get to choose how many thugs attack you or when & where it will happen. What if there is no way to cover an exit with suppressive fire as you suggests?
      -If 3-5 bad guys attack me, I can tell you “Glocks carry 17 rounds!” will not be a comfort.
      -Not everybody carries Glocks. I do, but lots of folks carry 1911’s and smaller “pocket nines.”
      -Remember that if the average number of rounds fired in a defensive gun use is 3-5, that means half of all encounters use more than that.
      -Lets remember that we can expect our accuracy to plummet in a real combat situation.
      -This last one is emotional rather than logical, but I will do my best that ensure that the bad guys run out of ammo before I do.

    • SDMF

      Not many people carry Glock 17’s. That’s beside the point though. There are a myriad of reasons for carrying an extra mag like suppressing fire, malfunctions, reload for a buddy, etc.

      What if you hit the deck with your gun out and knock the floor plate off of your mag…talk about premature ejaculation. I realize it’s very unlikely, but I have knocked a floor plate off before. Anyways, nobody ever said I’d like less rounds in a gunfight.