Springfield was nice enough to loan me a XD(M) 4.5 in 9mm for a long term test and evaluation. Up until just a few months ago, I’d rotated through the 4.5’s younger brother, a GLOCK 19, and a FNS depending on the day of the week, and the changing winds. But I wanted something bigger and with more capacity. Why? No reason, really, other than to say that I was carrying a gun with 19+1 of 147 gr. goodness. And because I shoot it much better than anything else. Also, when I remember to do it, I bring along a spare mag loaded to the top with another 19 rounds making my total loadout 39 rounds. But why stop there? . . .
About the time the new XD(M) hit my FFL, the nice folks at DARA Holsters & Gear sent me a note asking if I’d like to test some of their products. Naturally, the double mag carrier fairly jumped into my cart.
Those who read regularly know that I compete in perhaps two or three competitions a year, and only one would actually require me to run around with 58 rounds of ammo on my person. And while I dream of being a true operator, carrying that much ammo around daily seems a bit much.
So until I start competing more, this mag carrier is simply an outstretched middle finger to those gun banners out there who would piddle their panties at the thought of someone not LEO- or military-affiliated walking around with nearly sixty rounds of hollow point performance.
Setup is a breeze. Out of the box, the DARA double mag carrier comes with a handy belt loop, but it can be configured with a paddle as well if you like to slip your magazines on and off throughout the day. Fiddle with the Phillips head screws until retention is as you like it, and you’re off to the races.
DARA insists that this is a custom carrier, and looking through the option list, I’d be hard pressed to disagree. You can choose between bullets facing forward or backward, right or left hand carry, IWB or OWB, and within those two, you have dozens of options for attaching it to your person. You can also choose among six different colors for the carrier and the belt attachment piece. It’s truly a dizzying array of options.
I have worn the double mag carrier as an everyday carry item precisely twice. Both times, I found it to be relatively unobtrusive, and it did a fine job of keeping my magazines where I wanted them. In fact, it works so well that I’d give genuine consideration to EDCing this much ammo.
So why did I stop at two excursions? Well, sometimes your beautiful wife, totally straight-faced, sees you leaving the house with all that firepower and asks how long you’ll be deployed. Or if we’ve moved to Detroit. So for now, the DARA double mag carrier is for competition days and sticking it to the haters.
Ratings (out of five stars):
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At $50 as tested, you’ve got to really want one. If you live in a state with magazine capacity restrictions, but still want to carry a “free state” amount of ammo, or if you compete regularly, you’d be hard pressed to find something better. For both uses, it does a great job retaining magazines, and remains fairly unobtrusive. Since there’s such a high level of customization, you can truly “build” what you want out of the box, and I think you’ll be very happy if you elect to purchase one as the fit and finish is top notch.