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Mag Pouch, vertical or horizontal and why

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

  1. robotoid


    Jun 11, 2006
    Vertical to the left side front next to the buckle (right handed), just because that's where I've carried it for so long (20+ years). If I moved it and got a stressed situation, I'd lose the muscle memory of where to grab for them. Everything on my belt has pretty much been in the same position for 20+ years. Had to move my ASP to a thigh pocket when they made the Taser mandatory carry and I needed belt space for it. Had to buy and mod a Taser holster to ride higher for front (10 o'clock) crossdraw where the ASP used to ride.
  2. volsbear

    volsbear IWannaBeSedated Lifetime Member

    Nov 8, 2007
    There's a department north of me that uses 1911s. I've seen several of their guys with vertical, open four-mag carriers.

  3. boomhower


    Feb 14, 2010
    North Carolina
    Vertical. I don't have room to carry it horizontal. Give me a couple more years to add some circumference and I'll change it. :)
  4. ditchdoc24


    Jan 15, 2009
    Vertical at about the 1 o'clock position (I'm left handed). I've been thinking about going to an open top mag pouch but haven't done it yet.
  5. Panzergrenadier1979

    Panzergrenadier1979 Keystone Cop

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central Pennsylvania
    Personal preference.

    I carried a double closed-top mag pouch horizontally, on the gun side, with the tops facing the belt buckle during the academy and through probation. This is how 90% of my department carries them.

    I then switched and now carry the mag pouch vertically on my weak side, just to the left of the gig line. It is a little less comfortable during reloads then horizontal carry but it's not a big deal. The real reason why I switched was to free up some extra inches on my belt. I don't consider a 34" waist to be "skinny" but I'm just out of real estate on my belt. It's also easy to access my mags with both hands.

    Incidentally I've also found that the space between the top of the horizontal mag pouch and my uniform is a great place to stuff my gloves or other items in a hurry when I'm done with them but don't have time to put them away.

    I know a cop in my county that wears his mag pouch vertically in the small of his back....:whistling: I guess he doesn't expect to ever need to reload in a hurry.
  6. x_out86


    Feb 19, 2007
    Vertical at about 11 o'clock (being right handed). This was what we were trained in the academy. Our head firearms instructor preached this because he said it serves two purposes:

    1. Faster reload because of the motion (in theory). Of course practice could make horizontal just as fast.

    2. Much easier to get a magazine out while prone. This one I will agree with.

    Trained that way from the get go, and still do it that way. Does not really make a difference in comfort for me when sitting, but then again I dont have a gut at all.
  7. SAR


    Apr 17, 2004
    LA LA Land
    On my regular leather duty belt, I carry them vertically primarily for aesthetic reasons. On my nylon tactical gear, I wear them horizontally because vertical wear is uncomfortable during qualification because our stages include shooting from a kneeling position while wearing plate carriers.
  8. Ftttu


    Dec 19, 2011
    I like mine horizontal on my uniform duty belt because I'd rather pull the mag back than to pull up if my arm is injured or weakened and because my muffin top is in the way,me specially while being seated. In plain clothes, my double mag is vertical like most others, though.

    Depending on my duty assignment of the day, I'm probably in jeans and an untucked polo shirt so I wear the mag holder. If I know I will be in the field ATL wanted subjects, I will be wearing our black law enforcement agency identified T-shirt and 5-11 pants, where I will use the mag pocket just to keep down the clutter on my belt. Of course, the mag pocket is vertical.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2013
  9. cwr


    Feb 25, 2008
    I used to carry them vertical, my left of my belt buckle. When I went to motors, we would plug our portables into the bike so that we had a mic button at the left hand controls of the bike. This was wired to a cable that came out just under the front of the seat and when we got on the bike we plugged into our belts right where the vertical carrier was. This caused me to place the mags horizontal to my right of my buckle. I found I was able to reload faster this way and it just felt "better" to me. After I came of the bike I just left them there.
  10. CJStudent

    CJStudent Fenced In

    Nov 3, 2005
    Verticle at 11-o-clock, frankly because that's how I was trained and that's how I felt I reloaded faser. I may have to try the horizontal more, though.
  11. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    I use vertical, open top, weak side next to my buckle.

    The are accessible with either hand, using essentially the same gross motor skills.
  12. e847fy


    Dec 4, 2011
    I have carried both ways Vertical when I was in the academy and switched when I got out. Last week I switched back to Vertical and its not so bad either way works as long as you practice with it.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013
  13. vista461


    Jul 10, 2006
    S.E. WI
    Vertical at 11 o'clock. It's how I was trained in the academy and what I've done since. I've been thinking about trying horizontal, just haven't yet. Also been thinking about trying an open top carrier, which I may try first.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013
  14. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    Once you go open top, you won't go back (without being ordered).

    Just watch a coworker shoot a qualification course, and note all the redundant movement during a reload.
  15. Ohio Cop

    Ohio Cop

    Mar 1, 2012
    The Rust Belt.
    +1. Slimline open top. You'll never use anything else!

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  16. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I've tried both and ended up going with vertical. I also prefer mag pouched with a snap top for duty use. Might be a little slower but has good retention and keep my mags clean and protected.
  17. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    My current choice... although I have a couple examples from AE Nelson from before Safariland had what I wanted.
  18. Safariland flapped slimline worn vertically at about 12:30, right against my belt buckle.
  19. nitesite10mm

    nitesite10mm Dog Lover

    Jun 9, 2006
    North Alabama
    When I wear my GLOCK34 I really like an open top Safariland horizontal carrier between my sidearm (right handed) and the center of my buckleless belt (1 o'clock) .

    When I carry my 1911 I wear a triple open top vertically at around 11 o'clock.

    Both ways I can access my mags with either hand. Both ways are fast.