Spare Mags bullet forward?

Spare Mags bullet forward?

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    Spare Mags bullet forward?

    Hi,
    Researching what I would like. I've chosen my holster (VM2) but have a ? about the mag holders. It seems they are all bullets forward, but when practicing it seems more intuitive to have them to the rear. When pulled out and brought upright, they are bullet forward and ready to be inserted. It seems awkward to me to have to rotate them. Is there a special technique? Looking for advice and insight on this.
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    Jim


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    Spare Mags bullet forward?
    For me? Yes. Weak side (left) spare magazines are bullets forward. When I carry, or in competition. It's just more natural for me and it's also a habit. Practice and train as you see fit, and what works well for you. I guess it all depends on how you grasp that spare mag and if you need to look instead of feel what you are doing. Practice? Do it in the dark and without looking. That will pretty much tell you the best way for you. Be it known that I'm a right handed person and I'm looking at things in that right-handed sort of way....and just remember to keep that muzzle pointed at the target or in a safe direction while doing the reload.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boda65 View Post
    Hi,
    Researching what I would like. I've chosen my holster (VM2) but have a ? about the mag holders. It seems they are all bullets forward, but when practicing it seems more intuitive to have them to the rear. When pulled out and brought upright, they are bullet forward and ready to be inserted. It seems awkward to me to have to rotate them. Is there a special technique? Looking for advice and insight on this.
    Thanks,
    Jim

    Having the bullets forward allow you to index much easier/and faster.

    The technique is:

    Come straight down on the magazing with your weak hand. Picture using a Manual transmission in a car.

    Your Pointy finger runs along the front of the magazine, pull the magazine straight up.

    The rest should be self explanatory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boda65 View Post
    Hi,
    Researching what I would like. I've chosen my holster (VM2) but have a ? about the mag holders. It seems they are all bullets forward, but when practicing it seems more intuitive to have them to the rear. When pulled out and brought upright, they are bullet forward and ready to be inserted. It seems awkward to me to have to rotate them. Is there a special technique? Looking for advice and insight on this.
    Thanks,
    Jim
    I thought the same way as you, until I noticed that it was easier to conceal my mags if they were facing frontwards. I may just be me but I noticed that the lip on my M&P mags would print more when they were facing back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    Come straight down on the magazine with your weekhand. Picture using a Manual transmission in a car.

    Your Pointy finger runs along the front of the magazine, pull the magazine straight up.
    Doh! That makes more sense. The way I was trying it was much wimpier and would be more likely to fumble or drop them. Thanks for the advice.

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    Wherever I end up holding mags (chest rig, weak side belt, strong side belt, strong side thigh, etc) for rifle or pistol, I just hold it and load it in the weapon the way I reload fastest. Then I hold it that way and make a natural movement to put it in the mag pouch, and that's how I store them.
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    I carry with bullets pointed backwards and order left handed (I'm a righty) mag pouches. It is a much more natural movement for me to reload with them facing backwards. I know plenty of people that carry this way. Use what is natural for you.
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    I carry with bullets UP, baseplate forward.
    (horizontal mag holder)

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    "Bullets forward" is the accepted correct way to carry vertical mags. It's sort of like driving on the right side of the road in the States. You can drive on the left side of the road, but it usually makes people look at you funny.
    The preceding post may contain sarcasm; it's just better that way. However, it is still intended with construction and with the Love of my L-rd Y'shua.

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    Bullets foward.As I draw with the left hand's palm on the base plate, my index finger goes over the top of the mag to insure I have a loaded mag. I then turn my wrist just a little,like I am looking at my watch,rotating the wrist as I bring my left hand up to the mag well and slam the mag home with the palm of my hand.Takes a little practice but worth it.

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    The super-cool-tactical phrase is "bullets towards the center-line of the body." As posted, index your, well, index finger along the front of the mag when you draw it - this will allow you to "point" the mag into the mag well, which is very helpful when you aren't looking at your hands (which you shouldn't be - you should be looking at the threat or scanning for more/new threats).

    Other techniques may work for people, but this is the technique taught by FBI/DEA/DSS/USSS and pretty much everyone else I know...

    ETA: Whatever you do, DON'T do like one guy I know (who should know better): keep one mag facing one way and one mag facing the other way. Yeah, it looks neat-o symetrical in the pouch, but it is a certainty that, whichever mag you draw under stress, it will be facing the opposite way from what you expected...
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    +1 On bullets forward.

    For great reloading tips check out You Tube keyword "Army pro speed reload"

    They have some great tips for quickly and reliably reloading magazines.
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