There are times when you need to grab a rifle and go. No chest rig, no plate carrier with mag pouches, no time to thread a pouch onto the belt. Just grab a rifle and get after it. Options until now were stuffing mags in pockets, with the attendant rattling and sloshing around/falling out, or running some type of coupler to have multiple magazines hanging from the rifle. Crye Precision saw that gap and, in their typically innovative way, have provided a means to close it.
This is likely in the “things you may not have seen yet” pile, because Crye Precision’s armor innovations tend to grab most of the attention, but one of their recent products—the MagClip— merits inspection from a wide range of AR shooters.
The MagClip is a polymer attachment that secures via a single Phillips screw around the base of most available aluminum, polymer, or steel 30-round magazines. Once in place, the MagClip acts as a multifunction magazine carrier. The clip’s distinctive ears are shaped to attach a magazine to belt, MOLLE (PALS) webbing, or pocket as required.
When I first saw the sci-fi looking clip, I immediately realized its utility and wished I’d have found it sooner. The range of uses includes:
- Low visibility or plainclothes operations when the user needs to quickly kit up with the long gun and a reload. Now you no longer have mags falling out of pockets or printing badly through shirts. You can use the clip for an inside– the-waistband carrier or to simply secure the magazine to a pocket like a pocketknife clip. In either mode, the clip is surprisingly secure. In most tactical- style trousers, this also orients the magazine in a comfortable direction, allowing decent freedom of movement in active scenarios.
- A MagClip-equipped magazine can be clipped into loose-fitting open-top magazine pouches for additional retention without the time penalty of removing a bungee tie-down. Ditto stuffing mags into a plate carrier’s kangaroo pouch. This beats the un-bungeed/ flapped emergency reload magazine having bounced out and being elsewhere when things are getting dynamic because the pouch wasn’t snug enough.
- Hasty addition of extra magazines onto the warbelt or armor without having to scrounge more pouches and weave them into MOLLE. Humans are pretty lazy animals. When faced with the “Do I fight MOLLE to add a pouch?” scenario, leaving the extra magazine behind usually wins. The clip fangs or Batman ears (whichever they most resemble to you) slip securely into the MOLLE channels with a degree of authority that they will not bounce off during a chase or run for cover. Missionessential equipment tends to suck up the available space quickly, leaving little room for extra pouches, but there’s often a MOLLE loop or two that a MagClip fang can hook into. This is way better than the magazines banging the shooter in the back of the leg all day because the dump pouch got pressed into service as an additional mag pouch.
- Working reloads during casual range sessions from the belt or pocket when a pouch is unavailable or not desired. The MagClip is much faster and more consistent with an actual belt pouch than the stuffed-in-the-waistband or pocketfishing modes.
Basically, anywhere you need to quickly stash a few magazines, the MagClip probably provides a viable solution.
Downsides? There may be a few to consider.
The device may challenge multiple mags in a particular pouch, even if only the front magazine is wearing the clip.
If a user has smallish hands, the clip could possibly make the reload more awkward. However, I find that the curve of the ears helps ensure the magazine is positively locked into place as I push mags upward.
The clip creates a theoretical snag point, although the odds are slim that something other than the lightest twigs or leaves would catch in the clip area as a shooter patrols through thick terrain.
Regardless of these slight concerns, there are enough advantages that any loadout of four or more of my magazines is likely going to have one with the Crye MagClip onboard.
It may be worth your taking a look at it as well.