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Mag Pouch, vertical or horizontal and why

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by steveksux, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    See a lot of guys with horizontal mag pouches. My cc edc mag holder is vertical at 9:00, duty belt started there, already moved from there to the front. Was trying to retain muscle memory, but since location is now different, that's out the window anyway, what the hell, might as well consider horizontal as well.

    What are the pros/cons of horizontal vs vertical mag pouches?

    Things were so much easier when you just had 12 loose rounds in belt loops. They had to be vertical.

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  2. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    Horizontal is much more comfortable for me when seated.

  3. This. I never got use to carrying them vertical...:wavey:
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  4. BigSpenda864


    Jul 31, 2012
    South Carolina
    I started off carrying vertical on the front of my belt opposite side from my gun. I then worked for a department that dictated where everything went on my duty belt and carried horizontal on the same side of the belt as my gun. I actually liked the horizontal carry a little better. I was also faster at reloading from an upright position because I didn't have to turn my hand over like when drawing a mag from a vertical pouch opposite side from the gun.

    I am starting to carry a open top, 3 mag pouch and have been trying to retrain myself to vertical carry. Its a bit odd still but I'm getting there. I still prefer the horizontal carry but its doesn't work to carry a triple pouch.
  5. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Waco, Texas
    Vertical here. Started horizontally in the academy and one of the instructors had me switch. Found out I was much faster reloading this way. My mag carrier sits kinda high so sitting isn't an issue.
  6. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    Personal preference.

    I carry mine vertical and against the buckle. I don't find it uncomfortable (even on bike), think it's a bit better in the retention department, and definitely easier to access with both hands.
  7. PinkoCommie

    PinkoCommie Unusual Member

    Vertical, open top. Speed, baby!
  8. Goldendog Redux

    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

    Aug 22, 2003
    My triple pouch worn vertically makes a sweet armrest when driving
  9. Metro566

    Metro566 Gunfighter

    May 27, 2011
    I used a double carried horizontal at first then switched to the triple oriented vertical as soon as I could. Much faster reloads for me personally.
  10. rockapede


    Sep 3, 2009
    Vertical, right up front on a buckle-less belt. Rides in front of my vest so I don't feel it anyway. Reloads are the same with either hand, and clears up more space for my cross-draw Taser.
  11. Broke Hoss

    Broke Hoss

    Sep 21, 2008
    Abilene, Texas
    When I switched from speedloaders to magazines (yeah I'm that old) I put them where my speedloaders had been; gunside of buckle & carried them horizontal. I found this to be very comfortable & fairly quick.

    When I had to add a TASER & COBAN mic, I had trouble getting it all on my belt. (I don't see how skinny people do it) I moved my mags to vertical at about 9:00 on my belt. This slowed me down a bit, but is comfortable.

    I can't help but laugh when I think about reloads; 1 magazine is 3 shots less than the total I carried when I started.
  12. indigent

    indigent Bamboozled

    Jul 2, 2005
    Glad I'm not the only one who thinks that.....

    Vertical open top triple mag for me. It's more comfortable.
  13. blueiron


    Aug 10, 2004
    I, too, started with speedloaders, although some still carried loops or dumpboxes. When we went to autos, everything was upright and department mandated to velcro flaps on a double pouch. Eventually, horizontal came into play and I went to it, because it was faster for me.

    We were never authorized open tops, triple carriers, or anything else.
  14. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

    Sep 16, 2009
    NW Burbs
    Started carrying horizontal with flaps years ago, but went to a vertical open top pouch when I got on my current department. I also moved the mags from my gun side to my radio side. They don't get in the way, they're comfortable, quick, and secure. Now I'm exploring going to an open top triple mag pouch. We'll see how that goes.
  15. officer196


    May 15, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    Vertical double mag at about 11 o' clock. For me it's just faster and how I carried even as a reserve.
  16. Vertical double mag pouch carried at 10 o'clock for me (14 years). Prior to that it was speed loaders just forward of my gun.
  17. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I used to carry a horizontal mag pouch at about 1:00, in the empty space where speedloader pouches went, when we had revolvers. Tops turned toward the belt buckle. It is comfortable, fast to reload and you can reload while sitting in a car, if it ever comes up. It also allows more space on the left-hand side for flashlights or whatever.
  18. Horizontal with the opening facing the buckle. I only saw 1 other guy carry this way in my many years. It's what I have done since the academy and the only way I am used to. Tried the vertical but doesn't feel good and many of the "cool" dudes here also carry horizontal but face the opening of the pouch outward. That is actually almost as common as carrying it vertically.

    I use my left thumb to hook the flap and undo the snap button and grab the downward facing magazine out in 1 sweeping motion from out to in and come up with the left index finger on the front of the magazine butt plate which makes it intuitive to insert the mag into the magwell. Very fast for me but it's all muscle memory.
  19. BigSpenda864


    Jul 31, 2012
    South Carolina
    That's the exact way I used to carry them. I was very quick on the reload from that position. Now that I am running them vertical for a couple of years, I have become much more comfortable with the change. I'll tell you though. The first few times I trained with the pouches vertical, my hand automatically went to where the pouch had been so many years. I practiced in my living room and at the range for hours before getting comfortable with the switch.
  20. Ohio Cop

    Ohio Cop

    Mar 1, 2012
    The Rust Belt.
    Vertical open top slimline mag pouch directly in front on support side. Best place for it.

    I've got some new pics but can't put them up for some reason.

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