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    I just joined this forum and though I've never tried OC I do CCW daily. For those of you who are considering different options for carrying an extra mag here's what I've come up with. For more on how I carry you can visit my blog - http://hiddendefense.blogspot.com

    I'm probably like a lot of you and take advantage of whatever pockets I've got on my pants. A number of years ago I stopped carrying my wallet in my back pocket. My problem was the same one that George Costanza had in Seinfield. My wallet always got about two inches thick which is not conducive to sitting on so to avoid the sore butt I switched to front pocket carry or cargo pocket carry if my pants had one. From then on I've been happily sitting on empty back pockets...until now.

    Since it's the summer I've been shying away from my typical two gun carry (Sig P239 IWB & Kahr PM9 in the pocket) and just wearing one (typically the PM9) along with a spare mag. A while back I had made a horizonal mag carrier that was tuckable and while it works it's not the easiest to put on so I've found myself dropping the spare in a pocket. We all know that's not the best way to do it. If I dropped it in my back pocket it would fall any which way and wasn't comfortable to sit on. In any other pocket I never knew which way it would be when I yanked it out. So I need a solution.

    For my birthday this year I got treated to a new EDC knife - a SOG FlashII (thank you nutnfancy for his review on the blade). While it has a wonderfully low carry pocket clip I prefer to keep it as out of the way as possible. I've had the unfortunate car scratch from a similar clip. So my solution for my mag can also be a solution for my knife.

    Here it is.


    You'll notice I used a single rivet on the mag side. The reason for this is that there is no retention on the mag except for the little bit of friction of the kydex so I wanted to keep that tight. The knife has all kinds of little protrusions so it needs a bit of looseness so that it'll draw cleanly. I kept the clip on the knife so that I have the option to use it if I ever need to. You can see I angled them slightly away from each other so that there won't be any interference. You may also notice that it's been a while since I've molded kydex and I scorched a little bit on the mag side. That heat gun gets HOT!


    The whole thing measures 4 1/4 inches wide, under 5 inches high and less than 3/4 inch in thickness. I wear it in my weak side back pocket with the flat side out so it just looks like a wallet. The knife and mag stay where they are until I reach in and pull them. I can even "reholster" them without having to take the carrier out of my pocket. Sitting down I can tell it's there, but since it's pretty thin as long as I'm on some kind of cushion I'm comfortable.

    All in all a success. This is the kind of thing that is too custom for most commercial kydex makers to put out since the combination of mag and knife can vary drastically. If you want to have something like this my advice is to make it yourself. It's not hard to do and you'll end up with something no one else has.

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    How comfortable is that to sit on? I used a kydex IWB for a while, and found the kydex to be uncomfortable after a while. At least with a leather wallet, it kind of gives a bit. I'd imagine sitting on a piece of plastic would get pretty annoying after a while. If you like it, that's what is important though.

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    It's not uncomfortable to sit on since it's pretty thin and flat. My wallet was getting uncomfortable to sit on because it was so much thicker and as it filled up it got more into the shape of a block instead of a flat square. Sitting on a 3.5"x3"x1.5" block is much more uncomfortable than the spread out dimensions of my mag/knife carrier. On any cushioned chair I don't even feel it.

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    That's a cool design and effort, ev239.

    Would it also work in a front jeans pocket?

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    I hadn't thought to try it in a front jeans pocket. I'll try it now in my Wranglers. It fits fine though it might be a little wide for a front pocket the way it's currently made. For a front pocket I would probably curve the whole thing a little bit to fit the curve of my leg and narrow the width a bit.

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