Caldwell’s New AR Gear


Caldwell Shooting Supplies announced new AR gear at the recent SHOT Show. Among the new products the company is now offering is a new version of its magazine loader and a special tool designed to cool the rifle when it is being run hard.

The new Mag Charger TAC-30 is the company’s third product in the Mag Charger line. Previously, the company has offered a different version of an AR magazine loader and another for the AK type rifles.

The TAC-30 is designed to allow a shooter to drop rounds directly from typical 20 round boxes into the loader. Alternatively, a shooter can drop in up to three 10 round stripper clips. Once these are dropped into the unit, a quick back and forth stroke of the unit will shove all of the rounds into the magazine. These tools have a suggested retail price of $64.99.

If you need a way to cool your AR-style rifle while on the range, Caldwell offers the Accumax AR-15 Barrel Cooler. This is a high pressure fan that inserts into the magazine well of the rifle. It is designed to create a wind tunnel inside the gun, and will cool the barrel in about half the time according to the company.

A 12v rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the unit. It will provide about 3-4 hours of run time on a single charge. The suggested retail price for this tool is also $64.99.

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  • Heretical Politik

    A barrel cooler? I want to ridicule it, it’s just… I’ve got nothing.

    • DK

      Possibly more useful when shooting suppressed, unless you have your oven mitt handy.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Happiness is a warm gun…. and a cool beer.

    • Darren Hruska

      Well, they’re thinking outside of the box, it seems. Really, every great thing we know today was probably ridiculed at first/in prototype stage. Some people with expensive AR-15 builds (or any gun that takes AR-15 magazines) may see this as a “must-have” to help insure the longevity of their firearm. Probably not too indifferent from those that put a pretty penny into a good liquid-cooled CPU cooler (I just use the popular air-cooled Hyper 212 EVO, though).

      • Heretical Politik

        I remember putting my first AR together and wondering if I needed all kinds of little gizmos. I feel like this is more for that market, the newbie. If you are burning through enough ammo to actually kill a barrel, then you’ve got the money to look at barrels as a replaceable part.

    • Drew Coleman

      It’d be useful for people who are shooting for accuracy. It’d help them cool the barrel down between strings so that they can maintain consistency

    • Honestly I am surprised no one has made one before. There are at least three markets that I can think of.

      1. The extreme accuracy crowd that want to be able to quickly cool down their rifles.

      2. Machine gunners for the same reason
      3. Silencer owners to cool their cans down faster

      Personally when I have a silencer to the range, I always shoot it first so I can leave the gun locked up to cool down while I shoot other guns. Not saying that I would buy it, but I suppose it might have me more flexibility on my shooting.

  • English

    why not just install a water sleeve around the barrel? I’m English (obviously), so the idea of dumping 500 rounds and then making tea with my rifle really appeals to me. I wish I actually had a rifle. Goddamn I hate this country.

    • danny

      Ahmad Tea rules! Hope you make it stateside one day.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I dont need a barrel cooler.
    I keep my bullets in the refrigerator.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Gotta upgrade to them ultra tactical stealth ice bullets.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Good thinkin’, once they melt no evidence.

    • Sam Green

      That’s a huge mistake, anyone that knows anything knows that they should be kept in the freezer.
      If you’re a mall ninja & tactical, you need to put the bullets into the refrigerators water line, so that when ice cubes are being made, there will be one bullet encased in each ice cube. But sometimes multiple ice cubes get stuck together; use caution when breaking them up with an ice pick. If you hit the primer, game over.

  • Edeco

    Barrel cooler; good idea for varmint AR users. Use more of the accuracy/ROF potential. RealGuns has a post about making one from a computer fan.

  • Badwolf

    as usual great idea… except for the price. for $15 i can buy a regular electric fan to cool the rifle or anything else. i also like mr english’s tea idea. i like gadgets that can be used for many things.

  • BrianZ

    Should have backed up that video with some hard numbers to give it credibility. Measure barrel temp, run cooler, see how long (mins) to get “X” degree of reduction. Otherwise the product is subject to all manner of opinions and ridicule. Personally I rarely run min that hard.

  • Spikey DaPikey

    With the fan, the first thing I thought was a backwoods improvised forge for a blacksmith…..

    I’ll go back to lurking now..