I had purchased the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB) some time back during my search for a convenient and comfortable method to carry two spare magazines IWB.
Remora products, in case that you are not familiar with them, manufactures holsters and other products with a unique material that helps to prevent slippage of their holsters and magazine pouches while worn IWB.
“Because the outer skin of Remora “No Clip, Non-Slip” products are made of an incredibly new non-slip PVC coated knitted polyester material, a holstered weapon will not move out of position once it’s in place. We use a 3 step lamination process in our manufacturing. The middle layer is non-absorbent neoprene foam and the inside fabric is nylon denier. Each Remora product is sewn together using polyester UV resistant thread, giving it excellent weapon or accessory retention characteristics.
The Remora design was tested in over 12,000 revolutions of abrasion testing, as well as hours of retention floor mat exercise testing by Law Enforcement personnel. This design is waterproof, washable, fire retardent, and has withstood “Cold Crack Testing” to -40 Fahrenheit.” – Source: Remora Holsters
While the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB) seemed to work well in a cargo pants pocket, it did not fare well when carried IWB. I was not confident that it would remain in place as I was retrieving a spare magazine. I placed the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB) in a storage box for miscellaneous items, where it has stayed for quite some time. It was really a pity because I liked the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB) because it was comfortable to carry. I have tried hybrid magazine carriers, but they are certainly lacking in the comfort department, especially when worn IWB.
At some time in the past, I had ordered some J-Hooks from Crossbreed Holsters; an attempt to find out if I would prefer clips or J-Hooks. I ended up on staying with the clips and set the J-Hooks aside in my miscellaneous storage box.
For some reason, I was rummaging through the miscellaneous storage bin and came upon both the J-hooks and the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB). A light bulb came on and I said to myself that here I have two products that are being wasted by not being used. I wondered if I could mate the two and come up with a magazine carrier that is held in place by a J-hook in addition to the sticky material of the Remora product. Out of this, the “Frankenmora” was born.
I had all the hardware for the J-clips and tried to decide how to best proceed. Taking my wifey’s advice of “Do it and worry about the rest later”, I grabbed the Dewalt drill and a 1/4″-inch bit. I took a SWAG at where I wanted the J-hook located and drilled a hole in the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB) that was centered in the pouch and 1-inch from the bottom.
A Chicago nut was forced through the hole and pressed into place. A rubber washer that came with the J-hook was discarded, as the material of the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB) is quite thick. The J-hook was attached with a Phillips head screw and countersunk washer but the screw was later changed out for a countersunk hex-head screw that provided a little more purchase of screw threads.
The only thing that I may add is a small metal grommet to reinforce the area of the hole that was drilled in the material; however, due to the density of the material of the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB), adding a grommet may not be necessary. Further trial of “Frankenmora” is forthcoming.
I’ve been wearing the “Frankenmora” for a week now (at the time of this write-up) and I have to say that it is the most comfortable dual magazine holder I have ever worn. I have carried two spare magazines for the Glock G43 and “Frankenmora” is extremely comfortable when standing or sitting. Of course, longer magazines may dig into the body, but I found that even 17-round Beretta magazines are not all that uncomfortable to carry; 15-round magazines are even better. Even the extended XDs .45 acp magazines hide very well. Standard 7-round and 8-round 1911 magazines are now a joy to carry without worrying about printing. The short G43 magazines simply melt out of view.
I like to carry spare ammunition (magazines and speedloaders) right-side appendix carry. Most like to carry weak-side behind the hip, but I’ve always been different in that sense. I like my spare ammunition to be as close to the firearm as possible, and since I am right handed, my spare ammunition is carried on my right side (blame training).
Regardless, the “Frankenmora” slides down inside the pants and the J-hook hooks under the belt, which prevents the pouch from sliding out during a magazine change. Perfect!
As you can see, the REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB) can be used with a multitude of magazines, even Glock magazines – although I do not want to carry spare double-stack Glock magazines IWB. Best of all, the “Frankenmora” is a thin as it can be, does not take up a lot of real estate when worn, and is flexible enough to conform to the shape of the body.
A modified REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB) can also be useful for carrying other items such as a small flashlight and folding knife covertly. I now carry a second “Frankenmora” off-side to house a flashlight and one of my favorite knives – the Buck 110 Folding Hunter.
If you are willing to “roll your own”, and like the idea of the ““Frankenmora”, feel free to experiment on your own.
REMORA DUAL ACCESSORY HOLDER (IWB): http://www.remoraholsterstore.com/Remora-Dual-Accessory-Holder-IWB-p/1mhlg-.htm
J-hooks and related hardware can be located at many on-line hybrid holster manufacturers sites.