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MagHolder: Awesome Horizontal Carry Magazine Pouch

MagHolder magazine pouch

Innovation is alive and well in the United States small business world.  Case in point:  the MagHolder magazine pouch.

Made of injection-molded plastic, the one piece MagHolder carries a single spare magazine horizontally on a belt.  This presents a less noticeable bulge under a concealing garment as the magazine follows a natural visual line along the waist instead of breaking the natural line with a perpendicular angle.  Think of it as camouflage:  the eye is less likely to catch something when the angles flow with expectations.

The MagHolder can be carried on the strong side, requiring a cross-draw move.  Additionally, the pouch can be carried on the strong side, which does not require the cross-draw.  I carried a double mag pouch horizontally on my duty belt for years when I was still a cop.  I carried it roughly in the appendix position and cross-drew the magazines for reloads.  I carry my MagHolder in the same way.  The video below shows both ways of carrying and drawing from the MagHolder.


On the back of the MagHolder are rows of raised points, which help the pouch stay in place.  They bumps are not unlike the polymids of the Glock RTF2 texture.

MagHolder magazine pouch

The magazine is held in place by tabs that snap into the same magazine notches used by the pistol.  The tabs exert enough force to prevent the magazines from falling out when shaken, but are easily overcome in a normal drawing motion.  I have found they work extremely well.

Magholder Mag Pouch

These magazine pouches seem very durable, and after several weeks of use, mine look as good as the day they arrived in the mail.  They are only $25 each, and can be bought directly from MagHolder or through one of several other retailers.

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MagHolder Photo

MagHolder Mag Pouch

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Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

11 replies on “MagHolder: Awesome Horizontal Carry Magazine Pouch”

The mag is oriented in the wrong direction. in horizontal carry, the bullets should be oriented upward. This helps prevent rounds from partially working out of the magazine and has the magazine indexed for a quicker reload.

Hi Chief,

Interesting observation. FWIW, I carried mags horizontal for years in uniform in the same manner as the MagHolder works. Never had any problems with rounds coming loose using both SIG and Glock pistols. I’ve only used the MagHolder for a few weeks, but I haven’t seen any problems with it either. I imagine it might be a function of the magazine – weak magazine springs might be more susceptible to gravity for example.

Regarding indexing, they work just fine for me as shown. I guess it is all a matter of what you’ve trained with. It would probably feel weird for me if they were flipped around the other way. 🙂

Stay safe!


I have had these for a Shield and Glock since they first came out. Have carried them daily for years and taken multiple classes with them from instructors like Ken Hackathorne and others. Not once have the rounds being oriented down caused an issue and the movement to reload is natural. Rounds backing out is a mag issue IMO.

When I started “on the job” my agency issued S&W 4006s, and most of us carried our mags horizontally. The top round had a habit of working its way partially out of the mag. This would often result in problems with a reload.

Carrying them with the bullet up eliminated that problem.

Bullet up also allowed for the exact same index as a weakside/bullet forward index. No rolling of the wrist is required to insert the mag this way.

I have been carrying one of these for a year now and have had no problems with it. As a matter of fact, since I pull to the rear, having the bullets down simplifies reload.If they were oriented upward, I would have to twist my hand to index into the weapon.

I like it. But I have a question about concealing magazine pouches. I agree that usually you should conceal them, just because its no one’s business that you have them, but are you required to conceal them? In Texas the penalty for not concealing a firearm is steep if you have a permit. Does this strict requirement also apply to magazines? Can I be more casual about concealing them?

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