I am guessing that we have all seen a gun product and said to ourselves “Why didn’t I think of that?”. But Joe Holden, creator of the MAG/SLAB actually did think of something that will make high-end pistol owner’s very happy. The MAG/SLAB is a simple, yet functional stand for displaying and storing 1911s and other collectable pistols. Made with a polymer magazine insert and a metal or wood base, these stands are beautifully designed and perfectly match the aesthetics of a classic wood-and-steel gun.
Quick confession here: I am not a 1911 guy – I carry a Glock. However, that should only add to my credibility when I say that I really love the MAG/SLAB. Besides, i’m a sucker for well thought out ideas, real craftsmanship and American made products.
Ok, so I exaggerated a bit. No, not about my fondness for the MAG/SLAB, but my thought’s on the 1911 platform. Although I don’t carry one, I do own a family heirloom 1911 with a lot of history. Holden, a collector of of the iconic Browning-designed pistols, was able to quickly to give me a historical breakdown of my specific 1911. Which is something that I liked immediately; the best products are designed and made by those who follow their passions. That old adage of “do what you love” certainly applies to Holden and MAG/SLAB.
At it’s core, the MAG/SLAB is made up of a non-marring polymer magazine insert that locks in like a normal 1911 magazine. The base, wide and heavy enough to keep a full size 1911 steady, can include a groove with a magnet for storing a magazine or a flat top for custom designs or engraving.
Holden is a regular participant and a site sponsor on several forums dedicated to the appreciation of the 1911 pistol including 1911addicts.com and 1911forums.com. A few years ago, while attempting to photograph some of his collection, Holden designed and later patented (pending) the MAG/SLAB as a way for collectors to display their guns. The stands are also a perfect fit for the shelf of a safe – keeping each pistol away from dings and scratches.
One really nice touch is the MAG/SLAB’s packaging. In a nod to the original government issue 1911, each stand is wrapped in oil paper and packed in a plain rectangular cardboard box that is printed with milspec-type markings found with early US Military issued gear. A very nice touch.
Being an amateur builder/refinisher/tinkerer myself, one of the neatest options on the MAG/SLAB website was their “Custom Pistolsmith Program” that allows builders to buy an unfinished MAG/SLAB that can be customized to match their personalized 1911. Each one can be blued, Cerakoted or otherwise finished to match their build. A great idea since options and customizations for these pistols are nearly unlimited.
Holden is starting to partner with custom 1911 makers like Carolina Arms Group, Nighthawk Custom and others so that buyers can order a matching stand for their new pistol. This combination makes perfect sense: Anyone who is ready to spend upwards of $3,000 on a new 1911 should be looking for a display option of a similar quality. Laser engraving options are also a nice option.
Although I have many in better condition, my favorite Vintage USGI 1911 is a first year production Colt. Shipped 1-November, 1912. Because of the history it represents, this one wins the favorite spot every time. – Joe Holden, MAG/SLAB
Nothing shoots like a full size, 5” 1911! My hands-down favorite for range use is a Stainless Steel Springfield Armory TRP. It is accurate and reliable and just feels right in my hands. – Joe Holden, MAG/SLAB
For concealed carry, my absolute favorite 1911s are my CCW “Twins”, customized at the Springfield Armory Custom Shop. One is a SA Micro Compact .45 ACP and the other is a SA EMP 9mm.
The custom work includes ball-cut serrations on the front strap, MSH and slides, 10-8 Performance U-notch rear sights, gold bead front sights, flush cut and crowned barrels, flush cut slide stop pins, single side combat thumb safeties, 10-8 performance flat triggers, trigger action jobs and 4×4 grips by Larry Davidson. – Joe Holden, MAG/SLAB
The MAG/SLAB is a simple yet beautifully designed product that will allow you to either store or display your prized pistols in style. Designed and built by a true 1911 aficionado, the MAG/SLAB will compliment the finest of guns.
My guess is that it won’t be long before retailers and distributors like Brownells start carrying the MAG/SLAB. Pick one up before the rush.
MSRP: $79.99 to $84.99 with custom options and styles available.
Models: 1911 (Browning Hi Power, Beretta 92 and others coming soon)
Materials: Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Exotic Wood
Finishes: Cerakote, stainless/brushed, unfinished.