There are, of course, some exceptions to this rule about using magazine carriers.
First, and this is much rarer these days, is people who carry revolvers. While revolvers certainly still have a place as concealed carry pistols or self-defense handguns, it’s not as common.
A common reload technique for wheelgunners is what’s called the “stress-fire reload.” Originated and widely taught by Massad Ayoob, this reload technique uses the weak-side hand to slap the ejector rod to clear spent cartridges, then grabbing the cylinder with the weak hand and tilting the gun down. The strong hand pulls a speed loader or moon clip from the belt, near the holster, and loads using the greater dexterity of the strong-side hand, then re-acquiring a shooting grip.
This technique is an ergonomic and very effective reloading technique for revolvers, widely used by uniformed officers and competitive shooters. If you wanted to run a revolver, it’s a good tool to have in the box.
If you carry with a shoulder holster…the same idea applies but the sides are reversed. A shoulder holster is by its nature a cross-draw holster, meaning the strong hand still draws and the weak hand still gets the spare magazine. It’s just that the magazine is ALSO cross-drawn.
But let’s cut to the chase: who are IWB holster that have an attached magazine really FOR?
Well, they’re for people who appendix carry or for people who cross-draw. Then again…you can just as easily put a magazine carrier in the front of the waistband as well as a holster…
…but some people like the idea anyway.
There’s really no equivocating it; it’s the only way that a holster with an attached magazine bucket makes sense. In this instance, the weak side hand can still access the magazine. Otherwise, you have to reach all the way across the body, which is awkward, or holster the pistol to use the strong side hand, and then transfer the magazine to the weak side hand, which is just awkward and silly.
If placed in the front of the waistband, it works out pretty well. Other than that…it doesn’t.
In our experience, fewer people appendix carry than what YouTube personalities and angry people on internet forums might lead you to believe. Not an insignificant number, but certainly not the majority by any stretch of the imagination. Since most people carry on the strong side…that’s who we make most of our holsters for.
But then again…you never know what might be coming from Alien Gear Holsters. We have a lot in the works that you might not know about…