The 5-Cent Magazine Cover

Concealed carry methods vary greatly - if there's a way to carry, someone's probably doing it. IWB, OWB, SOB, ankles, shoulders, and thighs, day-planners, purses, bags, belt packs, and pockets, keep trying and you'll find something that works for you.

But that's just for the pistol.

What about a spare magazine (or two)?
Sure, odds are good you'll never need the one in the gun, but if you ever do need it, you'll need it - and with semi-autos there are a lot of ways you can have a magazine related failure (besides it being empty). Heck, the #1 failure drill for a semi-auto is "Tap-Rack-Assess":
Tap the base of the magazine firmly to make sure it's fully seated,
Rack the slide, and
Assess the situation (some people say 'Bang' instead of Assess but I'm of the school that says you need to see if the situation may have resolved itself while you were busy)

So assuming you agree that a spare magazine is a good idea, how do you carry it?

Well, there are just about as many nice magazine carrieres out there as there are holsters - single, dual, horizontal, once again, you've got choices.

For those who are not carrying on a belt - or who just don't have room for one more thing on their belt - here's a simple and inexpensive way to carry a spare magazine in your pocket, purse, or bag.

Sure, you could just drop it in, but then you run the risk of it getting full of gunk - the only thing worse than not having a spare magazine is having one that won't work because it's full of lint. Plus, if someone sees you handling an odd block it could be a phone or a battery or something.

So let's begin. First, gather up your supplies:

You'll need the magazine you're making a cover for, an empty plastic milk jug, a Sharpie or other marker that can mark on the plastic, scissors, and some duct tape.
I'm using Blue here but you can use any of the many colors available. (Note: you'll have to come up with a cluttered background on your own)

Use the scissors to cut the milk jug into sections. You're after the flat panels that make it up. I happen to buy half-gallons but the gallon jugs will give you larger panels if you need them. The key is to have panels bigger than the magazine.

Use the marker to trace around all four sides of the loaded magazine. You only need one round and it can be a dummy round - the key is the profile of that top round. Also trace the outline of the top of the magazine (which is best done with and unloaded magazine.

Cut out the pieces along the lines. I usually trim the two wide sides to match. Because this G26 magazine is wider at the back than the front I marked one side and the back so I could make sure to assemble the cover properly.

Cut several small strips of duct tape and start assembling the cover. Lay one side against the magazine, then the next one and tape them in place. Make sure you're getting a nice, tight fit.

Continue adding the other two pieces and tacking them in place. Remember: nice and tight!

Use longer strips to tape the top in place. Notice how tight the fit is around the sides?

Now you just wrap the whole thing in tape. I put a large piece across the top first so the ends get covered by the wrap around the body. Keep it nice and tight. Smooth and even is good too, but as you can see it doesn't always happen.

There you go! A nice, custom made magazine cover.

If you taped it up nice and tight then friction will keep it on the magazine amazingly well. The milk jug plastic is slick enough that it slides off easily when you want it to. It's also thin so you're not adding a lot of bulk around the magazine like you would with leather or kydex.

And the best thing is, if you don't like it you're only out a nickel - or less - since duct tape is cheap and the jug was on it's way to recycling.

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