Last year we reviewed the AR-15 Mag Holder from Mag Storage Solutions. We were lucky enough to be the first to get a review out on the AR-15 Mag Holder. The AR-15 Mag Holder is a great product and functions very well; several of us at Loose Rounds have them. The owner of Mag Storage Solutions (magstoragesolutions.com) reached out to us last week. Mag Storage Solutions stated they had a new prototype magazine holder for us to look at. This time, Mag Storage Solutions has put together a mag holder for Handgun/Pistol magazines. The Pistol Mag Holder is a perfect mate for those who have the AR-15 Mag Holder. There are approximately 5000 units currently in production. These should be hitting retail markets in the first few weeks of October (2015). I expect the new Pistol Mag Holder to move just as fast as the AR-15 Mag Holder did when released.
The Pistol Mag Holder provides a storage solution for mainly full sized handgun magazines. Depending on what magazines you are using, you can store ten (10) Glock or fifteen (15) 1911 magazines. The Pistol Mag Holder is similar in size and shape to the original AR-15 Mag Holder. It can be mounted inside your gun safe, weapons room, or any area where you store and organize your magazines. It also looks very well mounted next to the AR-15 Mag Holder.
The concept of the Pistol Mag Holder is identical to the AR-15 Mag Holder; First Safety: The Handgun 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 Pistol Mag Holder helps you to account for all of your magazines. By placing all magazines in a known storage area, you account for any missing magazines, especially loaded ones. Handguns, for most people and convenience are you’re primary go to for home defense. This makes the concept of the Pistol Mag Holder even more important for accountability than the AR15 holder. Handgun magazines are smaller and are more easily lost or misplaced than AR15 magazines.
As I had AR15 magazines all over the place before the AR-15 Mag Holder, I also have handgun magazines all over the place. I had magazines in my night stand drawer, other drawers, range bags, closet shelves, and some just lying around. With the Pistol Mag Holder, I can now consolidate my magazines into specific areas and quickly identify if any magazines are missing.
Specs / Magazine Compatibility:
The Pistol Mag Holder is made in the USA and is compatible with all full size handgun magazines. The easily adjustable dividers give you sixty (60) possible adjustments across the platform. From single stack to double stack magazines, you can adjust the width of the dividers to accommodate your magazine. You can also adjust the dividers to store several different widths/types of magazines on the same Pistol Mag Holder.
The material construction of the mag holder is ADF plastic. The Pistol Mag Holder comes with sixteen (16) Dividers. These dividers slip on and lock on, to the sixty (60) tooth magazine adjustment bar. When slid down and locked onto the bar, the dividers are very secure and require a little pull to get them back off. Again, the Pistol Mag Holder is not indestructible. If you pull excessively on parts of the mag holder it will break. So don’t run it over, jump on it or throw it down the road.
The Pistol Mag Holder was primarily intended to be used with full size handgun magazines (i.e. (7/8) round 1911s, Glock (17/22/34/35/31/20/21), H&K, S&W M&P 9/40, exc). I found the Pistol Mag Holder worked very well with all sizes of magazines, as long as they were tall enough to fit between the dividers.
In the picture bellow, from Left to Right, I have (2) Shield mags, (2) Glock 43 mags, (2) Glock 19 mags, (3) Wilson combat 8 round 1911 mags and (3) Glock 17/22 mags).
One thing I really like about the Pistol Mag Holder is the built in storage shelf. If you have a magazine that just does not fit or is an extra, you can store it on the shelf. Ammunition can also be stored on the shelf and anything else you want to store on it, if it fits. If you mount the Pistol Mag Holder next to your AR-15 Mag Holder, you can store 223/5.56 ammo or additional AR15 magazines on the shelf. (You get the idea).
To mount the Pistol Mag Holder to a wall or any type of wood surface, simply mark the slots and use you’re screw of choice. The Pistol Mag Holder does not come with mounting screws. You will have to purchase the appropriate mounting screws to mount it. The four (4) mounting hole slots, on the corners of the mag holder, are reinforced for secure mounting.
Mag Storage Solutions also has Neodymium Magnets specifically made for their mag holders. These magnets give you the ability to mount the mag holder to the inside or outside of a steel safe, or door. These magnets are extremely strong and will secure the mag holder without slipping or sliding.
I placed ten (10) fully loaded Glock 9mm and .40 caliber magazines into the unit with the neodymium magnets to a steel door. The loaded magazines added quit a bit of weight to the Pistol Mag Holder. There was no slipping or movement with this weight, even when removing a magazine. It takes a good two handed tug on the entire unit, to unseat the magnets from the surface.
The function of the Pistol Mag Holder is slightly different than the AR-15 Mag Holder but pretty straight forward. Once mounted the platform provides a secure hold for inserting and removing Handgun/Pistol magazines. I found that there are two different ways to insert and remove the magazines.
First: The manufacturers intended use: Magazines are inserted and removed from the bottom of the mag holder, under the retention bar, sitting right side up on the floor-plate.
Second: Magazines are inserted and removed for the top of the retention bar, faced down, like in a magazine pouch. The second method is just something I was messing around with and I prefer it. It is a little faster/easier to insert and remove magazines. This method will only work with full size magazines.
When the magazines are mounted in the mag holder they are secure. There is no chance that magazines will simply fall out. There is some play between the dividers, how much depends on your set up preferences. A little wiggle room allows for ease of insertion and removal.
I used various handgun magazines, (Glock, Wilson Combat 1911, & Smith and Wesson). The amount of magazines the Pistol Mag Holder can hold depends on the width of those magazines and how you want to set up the dividers. I even used a Glock (33) round magazine to show, if you set it up right, you can use a very wide variety of sizes of magazines with the mag holder.
Once again, the Mag Storage Solutions Pistol Mag Holder is one great piece of gear and goes perfectly with the AR-15 Mag Holder. The unit is simple, inexpensive and versatile just like its AR magazine counterpart. I feel it is a must have product, especially for those of us who must have everything in order.
Hopefully Mag Storage Solutions offers a two (2) or three (3) magazine mount system in the future, for a home defense or back-up magazine(s), as they did with the AR-15 Mag Holder. I’m sure they are already working on it.