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.
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!
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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