IWB or OWB mag carry

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    IWB or OWB mag carry

    I'm trying to figure out what I want to do for spare mag carry. My biggest question is IWB or OWB. With having to adjust my clothing already for IWB CC, I'm not sure I want to also do IWB for mags. Seems like it would throw everything out of whack clothing wise. It's also just one more thing I have to try to conceal. So far I just carry my extra mag in the side pouch in my EDC pack.

    I'm also considering a OWB mag/flashlight holster

    1. How many of you carry spare mags every day?
    2. IWB or OWB?
    3. Separate mag holster or combo gun/strong-side mag holster?

    Thanks in advance for your input!
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    1. I carry spare mags every day,
    2. neither, I carry it or them in my pockets
    3. no

    IWB never was comfortable for me, OWB not really an option since I tuck my shirt most of the time...

    I carry my extra mags in weakside front or back pocket depending upon pants and number of mags...

    I use an old front pocket wallet holster for my extra mag, recently I found some thick leather patches 3" x 3.5" and sewed them together to make another, plan to do one more (I'll have to modify it a little) for a double stack mag and then I should be good for several years...

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    1) Every day. With my Glock 23 I carry 1 spare, with my 1911 I carry 2.
    2) OWB, no problems
    3) Separate holder for mags, weak side.
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    1. Every day
    2. IWB
    3. "Mexican", weak side behind cell phone

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    Every day since I got my new rig. Weak side in a Sparks S-4C.

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    1. Every day, two mags for 1911 or M&P
    2. OWB (MS for the 1911, DGL for my M&P, his double mag carrier with the forward mag canted is great for doublestack mags)
    3. Seperate mag carrier weak side.

    I've found having the weight on the weak side kind of balances out the load a bit, especially since I carry full size pistols. I can't imagine going IWB with my mags as I'd have to buy huge pants which I wouldn't be able to wear comfortably when I'm carrying my revolver or not carrying because I have to go on base. They shouldn't be much harder to conceal than a pistol, though if they are long mags and you lean to the side they can print pretty badly (haven't had trouble with my M&P mags, but I have to watch it with the 1911 mags). Also, I prefer the belt loop style of mag carrier over snap loops because they conform to my side better so the mags aren't in a straight line, probably not an issue with a single mag carrier though.

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    OWB in a Blackhawk CQC......or in my pocket. My light goes in a pocket or an old Gerber multi-tool holster.
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    IWB mags seem to dig into my side...just OWB clipped to my belt for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadgerMan View Post
    1. Every day, two mags for 1911 or M&P
    2. OWB (MS for the 1911, DGL for my M&P, his double mag carrier with the forward mag canted is great for doublestack mags)
    3. Seperate mag carrier weak side.

    I've found having the weight on the weak side kind of balances out the load a bit, especially since I carry full size pistols. I can't imagine going IWB with my mags as I'd have to buy huge pants which I wouldn't be able to wear comfortably when I'm carrying my revolver or not carrying because I have to go on base. They shouldn't be much harder to conceal than a pistol, though if they are long mags and you lean to the side they can print pretty badly (haven't had trouble with my M&P mags, but I have to watch it with the 1911 mags). Also, I prefer the belt loop style of mag carrier over snap loops because they conform to my side better so the mags aren't in a straight line, probably not an issue with a single mag carrier though.
    Are the mags with your 1911 using large base pads? I've often wondered if that made a significant difference in concealment, even though they are great for slapping the mag home (and easy to grab). I have the low profile pads on my Wilson Combat mags because of that. I thought they would conceal better.
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    1. yes
    2. pocket

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    I carry a spare mag owb on my weak side at 8 o'clock. It helps balance out the weight and it is not at all noticable.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I'm pretty convinced that IWB would be annoying and not really needed.
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    1. yes, 1
    2. OWB (cant fit IWB holster AND mag comfortably)
    3. Depends on CCW (XD9sc mag = OWB-weak side; MK9 = combo holster/mag-strong side with possibly 2 more in mag wallet)

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    Outside! Whatever I use to conceal the IWB holster easily conceals an OWB magazine pouch. I have enough going on with me and the gun inside my waistband!
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    Carry 1 spare mag in an OWB Blackhawk kydex holster.

    When I roll with my 1911, two mags OWB.

    The only time I've contemplated an IWB mag holster, is when I'm wearing a suit. I've considered it for tuckable purposes, when the AZ sun prohibits a jacket.
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