Magazines in My Pocket

I have carried firearms daily longer than some of our readers have been alive. And unless I was working in some capacity that necessitated it, I generally don’t carry magazines in mag pouches.

It’s an old school thought process. Back in the day, we didn’t have many of the magazine options like there are now. Especially for AIWB (What we called cross-draw/Mexican). Mag carrier or not, I ALWAYS had at least one spare magazine because there was a time when my chances of getting into a gun-fight were MUCH higher than the average cat. At one point it was crazy-high. So I have never, ever not carried a spare mag.

Over time, I discovered something with the VP9 magazines that I have not experienced with 1911 magazines, Glock Magazines, M9 Magazines or my brief time with FNS Magazines. The HK VP9 / P30 magazines are sharp! They are eating through pocket liners tearing away at the outside denim on jeans. As seen here.

HK VP9 Magazine wears through pocket.

HK VP9 Magazine wears through pocket.

 

I will have to go through and check other sets of slacks, suits and jeans for tell-tale signs of wear. I doubt any of my tannish-range pants have the issue but I will have to check those as well. But truth truth be told, I intentionally try not to wear those kinds of pants unless it is specifically required.

The only concern I have is making sure the pocket liner doesn’t develop a hole and a magazine drops free. While on jeans that is probably not going to happen without me noticing it, a correct fitting suit could easily puke a magazine to the floor at the wrong time. Or worse, I don’t even notice it and leave someone a little gift not unlike the Baby Ruth Candy Car scene in Caddy-shack!

Spare HK VP9 Magazine in my pocket.

Spare HK VP9 Magazine in my pocket.

Final special note on the M9/Beretta 92. I can’t speak with certainty that the 92 Mags won’t do this. I suspect they might. But at the time (1990’s), I did use a some mag carriers. YMMV.

 

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  • John Coleman Stewart

    Im hoping Mec Gar comes out with a coated version like their 18 round 226 mags, I noticed these were sharp the first loading, ever since my neck went to hell I either feel nothing in one hand or every tiny bump or edge on whatever I’m handling. and plain blued steel, for a pistol with a hostile environment finish.

    • Am increased capacity VP mag designed from the ground up? I’d be on that like a fat kid on cake. The 15 round capacity is the ONLY thing I don’t like about the VP9.

      But I like it so much otherwise, I have chosen to overlook it.

      Marky

  • Brennen Munro

    I will check my pants pocket as well. I was carrying a mag for my P30 in my pocket for a while, but I have been using a holster called the “brave response” for a while now and it has a couple of mag slots in it, so I no longer have a spare in my pocket, but I need to check for damage from previous… thanks for the heads-up! I can tell you that the mags for the P30sk are just as sharp and pointy as the full size ones! This is why I like coming here, good, valuable information with a healthy side of reality.

    Munro

    • Pull your pocket liner out and check the stitching.

      Thanks for your kind words.

      Marky

  • Daniel, God is my judge

    Is that a magazine in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me 🙂

  • Charles Hill

    Try some Wrangler cargo pants, they seem to hold up very well.

    • Yeah. It’s a specific issue with some mags. The VP/P30 mags have a sharp lip that is exposed.

      It would happen to just about any pair. And it didn’t happen in one day either!

      😉

      I need to finally look into some mag holder solutions for CCW. I refuse to carry mags on my belt CCW.

      Marky

      • Charles Hill

        Let me know what you come up with. I’ve been pondering this for while myself. Might have to resort to the Justin Wilson routine and get some big, wide suspenders. Might well wave a flag that says “I’m packing”! Kinda defeats the purpose……