Does anyone else practice reloading, and then keeping the empty magazine / speedloader? I've never heard of anyone doing that, but it seems like in a crazy SHTF situation, especially if one were not home**, tossing all your empties on the ground while evading means after the fight (if you survive), you are now missing most of your magazines (perhaps starting with five and ending with the one empty left in your gun). Even if you had extra ammo, without magazines you lose probably the largest of the largest advantages of a modern autoloader (excluding non box magazine-fed firearms). **Even if home, say you are defending your castle from a large threat, and at some point you realize it becomes necessary to dodge out the back with only your pack and gear in order to survive the conflict. If you had a vest or belt on and had 2 or 5 or 10 extra magazines on you, and you dumped most of them on your carpet during the firefight, the next time you need your gun you might fight yourself running out of ammo a lot faster. Magazine retention neither applies to LEOs nor typically to militarymen. For LEOs, gunfights rarely last long, and the risk of them not succeeding in holding their ground and quelling the enemy is extremely low (even if immediately outgunned, eventually reinforcements will arrive). For military, during a firefight they will either hold the ground for which they are fighting, in which case the rest of the forces will move up and they will have access to more crates of magazines (or to pick up their own), OR they will fall back to more secure lines, in which case they would then be able to resupply. However, as individuals without a government backing and supplying us, there is a very real chance we won't be able to get new magazines before we might actually need them. So, I've been trying to come up with the best way to retain magazines. The best I've come up with was a heavy magnet on my belt onto which I can slap the empties during a reload. Trying to fumble putting them back into the mag carrier is too inconsistent. Sometimes you find it quickly, but simetimes the material will collapse or the flap will fall back down onto the velcro, and your reload is ruined. About the same thing applies to putting them into pockets. I've also tried keeping them on two 100lb magnets (very strong) but, while they are easiest to access (no flaps, just slide them off), EVENTUALLY I think they will come off with a lot of running and jumping. It takes an extra second or two, yes, but the only time I expect to have to do a mag change is when the situation is so bad the chance of me not being able to collect my mags after the fight is large enough to justify that small amount of time. What do you guys think?