There are a lot of ways to carry spare magazines these days, both rifle and pistol. When choosing a mag pouch/carrier for your rifle or pistol mags, there are basically two approaches. You can get pouches made specifically for your mags, like from a custom Kydex shop, or you can get “universal” pouches that will fit a wide variety of mags, as well as other things besides mags.
One of the best, if not the best, universal mag pouches is the G-Code Scorpion Series of mag carriers. Scorpion pouches are made from Kydex with binding cord holding the Kydex pieces together. The interior of Scorpion pouches are lined with Tactical Fuzz, the same material used on their popular INCOG holster, which provides friction to help retain the mag, as well as masking noise on the draw.
One Size Fits All
The G-Code Scorpion mag pouches are a “one size fits all” affair within category – double stack pistol mag, single stack pistol mag, 5.56 mags, and 7.62 mags. So, for example, if you buy a 5.56 Scorpion mag pouch, it will fit all manner of 5.56 mags: USGI, Magpul, Lancer, etc.
The same goes for pistol mags, double and single stack.
Scorpion pouches are also modular – they can be worn stacked, are ambidextrous and RTI compatible, and can integrate with all G-Code mounting accessories.
Durability and Retention
Scorpion pouches are as durable as you would expect from a Kydex product. I’m a few months in, and you can barely tell I’ve used my pouches. Another thing I like about them is that if they get muddy from use, just take them off your belt or carrier, hose them off and let them dry. Done.
Retention is of course relative, everyone has their own preference. I’ve found the Scorpion retention spot on - I haven’t had any problems with mags coming out doing drills or while running. If the Tactical Fuzz along with the cordage adjustment don’t give you the retention you need, you could always rig up additional retention with shock cord.
G-Code Scorpion mag pouches are simple, durable, modular, and affordable. You can buy a set of pouches for your rifle and pistol, and if you make a gear change somewhere along the line, chances are you won’t have to worry about also changing your mag pouches. To me that’s a win. Check out the G-Code Scorpion line, I think you’ll be glad you did.