Carrying your spare mag....bullet orientation?

Carrying your spare mag....bullet orientation?

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    Carrying your spare mag....bullet orientation?

    How is your spare mag oriented in your mag carrier or pouch? Bullet nose forward or to the rear? I'm referring to folks who carry their spare mag vertically on a belt.

    I've read bullet forward, but the way I grab my mag, it's backwards to me. I want to orient my index finger on the bullet nose side of the mag when I grasp it, so I carry nose to the rear. Am I wrong?

    What's the conventional wisdom on this?
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    Well I'm with you. The nose on mine face back so when I grab it and pull it out it's facing the correct direction. But everyone has to do what fits them and not what their told.
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    This is a common topic across the gun forums on the Net.

    This is one area where there are so many physical traits and handicaps amongst shooters that the correct answer can very well be different from one to another. The wise instructor will tell you that there is no conventional wisdom for your question. I've known many beginning shooters who were more comfortable, and more fluid, with the nose pointing to the rear (which the lesser instructor will insist is the incorrect orientation.) The bottom line is: if the method you are using is fluid for you, use it.

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    Nose forward, simply because that is how I learned and became accustomed to.
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    I carry my gun at 3:00 OWB and my spare magazine(s) at 9:00 OWB. The bullet nose is to the rear so when I come up with the magazine, the bullet nose is forward to insert into the gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bama61 View Post
    But everyone has to do what fits them and not what their told.
    This. I have my bullets face forward because it's more intuitive when I grab it for a reload. If yours is backward, then carry it with the bullets facing rearward. Do what works for you; simple as that.

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    If in a mag carrier/pouch I have it butt plate up, nose aft.
    I draw the mag with my left hand since right has the pistol.
    So left side 2-4 o'clock depending.
    Grip it, withdraw it, insert it. All done with no additional twisting of the hand or wrist.

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    Yeah, with bullet to the rear my hand goes straight back, elbow in, then forward straight up and into the gun without twisting my arm/hand.....just more natural to me, but I really wanted to know if I was missing something. I appreciate the input!
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    Bullets forward. Use your finger to index the magazine and load it.
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    You should do what you're most comfortable and PRACTICED with.
    I carry w/bullets to the rear, left handed me. Pouch is on my right side.
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    Bullets forward. Whether you carry the mag holster right or left when you draw it, the bullets will be pointed forward and ready to load. I'm not even able to visualize how you would twist the magazine around to get the bullets pointed forward if you carried the mag pointed aft. I mean, sure, I can perform the maneuver, involving a twist of the wrist, but I'm not sure why you'd prefer to do that instead of a straight pull and slam.

    On the other hand, my answer only applies to the extend that I'd even think about doing this. Normally, I just put the mag in the holster and strap it on. In the event I had to unload an entire magazine and go for a reload, I'd look to see what I'm doing - so maybe I'm not a "top operator."
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    Are we all talking about a vertical magazine carrier on the belt with the butt plate up and the feed lips down? To me, it is a straight forward motion with the bullets facing to the rear. If the bullets are facing forward, then I have to roll my wrist and forearm to insert the magazine. What advantage would that be?
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    Not missing a thing.... Economy of motion.
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    Nose forward, left side.
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    Bullet tip meets finger tip. Some people grasp one way, some people grasp another way. As long as the bullets are oriented to go downrange when they are inserted, the way you orient your hand doesn't matter. (okay, it matters a little if you grab it covering the top of the magazine, but I don't think we're sharpshooting here, are we?)

    I remember some older magazine holder designs where the primary magazine faced to the front than the other faced to the rear so as to avoid having one magazine lip interfere with the other magazine.

    ok,,, not so old design.

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