I recently ran into a product produced by Mag Storage Solutions LLC (magstoragesolutions.com) by way of a LaRue Tactical product alert. As soon as I saw the AR-15 Mag Holder, made by Mag Storage Solutions, I became excited about the product. I immediately thought, this is great, why had no one else thought of this? More specifically I thought; Dammit! why didn’t I think of this? It’s a product that all AR-15 owners have been looking for and they did not even know it. Simply put, The AR-15 Mag Holder provides a storage solution for (30) round AR-15 magazines. It holds six (6) AR-15 magazines at a time and can be mounted inside your gun safe, weapons room, or any area where you store and organize your magazines. Magazines snap easily in/out and remain firmly in place.
I reached out to the owner of Mag Storage Solutions and he called me the next day. Right off the bat, you could tell he was very passionate and cared about his product. We had a lengthy conversation about the AR-15 Mag Holder, its design and concept. From talking to the owner, I found Mag Storage Solutions started very similar to Loose Rounds. The owner and his friends loved firearms and gear, and wanted to bring a quality business into the market. Mag Storage Solutions graciously sent Loose Rounds a few of their products for review.
The ideas behind the AR-15 Mag Holder had several parts; First Safety: The AR-15 magazine storage concept brings the loose magazines out of the night stand, drawers, bags and other places you place magazines. This also protects the magazines and makes them readily available for range time or access in a personal defense situation. Second Accountability: The AR-15 Mag Holder helps you account for all of your magazines. By placing all magazines in a known storage area, you account for any missing magazines, especially loaded ones.
As I talked with the owner about these concepts, I quickly realized, I had magazines in my night stand, other drawers, 50 cal. ammo cans, USGI bags, rifle cases and some just laying around. Hell, I had no idea how many magazines I really had and would love to mount them in a specific area.
The AR-15 Mag Holder is made in the USA and is compatible with at least (50) .223 and 5.56 caliber magazines. As long as the magazine has a (30) round magazine profile, the AR-15 Magholder will also work with several 6.8 SPC, 6.5 Grendel, 7.62 x 39 and 300 Blackout magazines. Here at Loose Rounds you know we recommend a handful of quality Duty/Defensive magazines that you should be looking at and all of them are on the list. Mag Storage Solutions stated, as of now only the Tango Down magazines and some Thermold magazines will not work. Obviously specially magazines (i.e. 40 rounder’s and Surefire 60’s) will also not work.
The AR-15 Mag Holder is made of ABS plastic. It has the right flexibility at the magazine mounting clips, to insert and remove magazines, and it also has the right amount of rigidity. Now, the AR-15 Mag Holder is not indestructible. If you pull excessively on parts of the AR-15 Magholder it will break. Don’t run it over, jump on it or throw it down the road, trying to do an indestructibility test.
One thing that caught my attention about the Mag Storage Solutions, AR-15 Mag Holder, is that it was constructed to accommodate USGI magazines with Ranger Plates and L-Plates. Since I use Magpul Ranger and L-Plates on my USGI magazines, this is a must feature for me. Magpul M2 P-Mags with Ranger Plates will also work. All generations of Magpul magazines work with the Magpul impact/dust storage covers attached to the top or bottom of the magazines.
Although, the Mag Storage Solutions, AR-15 Mag Holder was designed around the (30) round style/length magazines, it looked as though (20) round magazines would work with the AR-15 Mag Holder. I had a few USGI and Mapul (20) round magazines so I tried them out. I found they worked very well, securely locking in the bottom clip of the AR-15 Mag Holder. This leads me to believe that a wide variety of straight body (20) round magazines would also work in the AR-15 Mag Holder.
To mount the AR-15 Mag Holder to a wall or any type of wood surface, simply mark the key holes slots and use you’re screw of choice. The AR-15 Mag Holder does not come with mounting screws. You will have to purchase the appropriate mounting screws to mount the unit. The four (4) key hole slots, on the corners of the AR-15 Mag Holder, are reinforced for secure mounting.
Mag Storage Solutions also sent us some Neodymium Magnets, specifically made for the AR-15 Mag Holder. These will be offered for purchase by Mag Storage Solutions. These magnets give you the ability to mount the AR-15 Mag Holder to the inside or outside of a steel safe, or door. These magnets are extremely strong and will secure the AR-15 Mag Holder without slipping or sliding. I inserted six (6) fully loaded (30) round magazines into the unit and mounted it with the neodymium magnets to a steel door. The loaded magazines added a weight of approximately (7) lbs. to the AR-15 Mag Holder. There was no slipping or movement with this added weight and when I forcefully removed a magazine, there was no movement at all. It takes a good two handed tug on the entire unit, to unseat the magnets from a steel surface.
The function of the AR-15 Mag Holder is pretty straight forward. Once mounted, the platform provides a secure hold for inserting and removing AR-15 magazines. Whether loaded or unloaded, the magazines simply snaps in and out. When the magazines are mounted in the AR-15 Mag Holder they are very secure. It takes a slight tug to remove them but not much. There is absolutely no chance that magazines will simply fall out. I did notice that some magazines are held a little firmer than others. I used various USGI magazines, (Colt, NHMTG, Adventure Line, & DSG/DH Industries), Lancer L5 AWM magazines and Magpul magazines. I found the Lancer’s and Magpul’s had the tightest fit and were the most secure when placed in the AR-15 Mag Holder.
Take a look at the video below, it shows you how nicely the AR-15 Magholder works. Notice : All the M2 Magpul magazines have ranger plates on them.
I have been using the Mag Storage Solutions, AR-15 Mag Holder for a little over a month now. The AR-15 Mag Holder is one great piece of gear, the kind of gear you wished you had years ago. I will be getting at least one more. Now that I have used it for a while, I’m asking myself, how did I get along without an AR-15 Mag Holder? The unit is simple, inexpensive and versatile. I feel it is a must have product, especially for those of us who must have everything in order and accounted for. I would like to see Mag Storage Solutions offer a one (1) and two (2) magazine mount system in the future, for a home defense or back-up magazine(s), to be placed anywhere you want. I’m sure they are already one step ahead on that idea.