Review: McFadden Lightnin’ Grip Loader for 22LR firearms

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I just finished a competition in .22LR IPSC Rifle, or so called “Mini Rifle”, so much fun!

My rifle is a JP Enterprises 22 (Nordic Components) which is very similar to my JP .223 Rem.

It’s great for training, and cutting the ammunition cost while still getting very close to “the real thing.”

I bought a pack of 1 000 rounds of CCI to train and to get me through the match (some 200+ rounds minimum).

When filling up the magazine with 22LR, you always get a lof of wax and lead on your fingers, not a very nice or healthy thing. Next thing you know, you’re eating and getting the unhealthy stuff in your mouth. You can get away with the dirt if you use copper plated ammunition, but they weren’t very accurate in my rifle and I felt like winning the Championship time. And using gloves just makes it impossible to load a small rimfire.

To my surprise, all of a sudden I was half ways through the box. It felt like I just had shot maybe 100 rounds, but I was quickly through 500s, and had to stop to keep me safe for the match.

I couldn’t believe how quickly I had fired those 500 rounds, while still doing worthwhile exercises.

The reason was that instead of spending time reloading magazines, I was busy shooting and training.

The help here is called the McFadden Lightnin’ Grip Loader, and it really cut the time I spent off shooting.

Luckily, this will work just as good at the back of your ranch, during BBQ, shooting cans with your Ruger 10/22.

All you do is put 50 rounds or so (of 22LR) out of the box, into the loader (bullet reservoir), close the lid and shake until you’ve got 10-20 rounds lined up, press the pistol grip once per round, shake a little more and continue until all rounds are inside the magazine. Don’t go too fast!

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The fun part here is that you get to “shoot” every round twice! Once when you load it and once when you fire it!

You buy the “Loader”, then you buy the adapter you need for your specific rifle or pistol.

There are currently 19 adapters available.

The loader is only 22,50 USD and each adapter is 6 USD.

The list of adapters is as follows:

(#0) Ruger 10-22 Rifle (after market magazine only)

(#1) M&P 15-22

(#2) AR15.22 Conversion/Sig Sauer 522

(#3) S&W 41, 422, and 622

(#4) Ruger SR22

(#5) Kimber 1911 Conversion

(#6) M&P 22 Pistol

(#7) SIG Mosquito

(#8) COLT M4 and Beretta ARX160

(#9) LAGE M-11/22

(#10) CZ-V22

(#11) MARLIN RIFLE, Bolt and Post-1988 Self-Loader

(#12) Sig 226

(#13) Walther P22

(#14) Umarex Walther Colt 1911 22 Pistol

(#15) Mossberg 702 720 715 Tactical

(#16) Walther PPQ

(#17) M&P 22 Compact

(#18) GSG Sig Sauer (Not Conversion) 1911-22

 

You can find and buy the loader here. I can only speak for the AR15 adapter, but if you own a rifle or pistol on the list and shoot a lot, make sure you get one.

No, I’m not sponsored by McFadden. I bought my loader two years ago and it’s been a great help, both for training and at matches.

The only problems I see is that the plastics feel very fragile. I don’t know, but I almost get the feeling the plastics is 3D printed, or done in a simple tool. Especially for the adapters, this is somewhat likely. I’m guessing the quality is probably better than the looks. Knock on wood, mine is still working great through several 1000s of rounds.

And yeah, I finished 2:nd in the Championship.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • Aono

    It says aftermarket 10/22 mags only, but were you able to try any BX-25s anyway? This is the main thing preventing me from trying it out.

    • clampdown

      My question as well. No problem loading the 10 rds, but those BX-25s can be a pill.

    • Nicholas C

      I called them about it. Unfortunately they don’t work for the BX25. Something to do with the angle of incidence the rounds are loaded or something. I know, huge bummer.

  • Matt Pollock

    I have their magazine loader for my MKIII 22/45 and it’s a blessing and a curse. Yeah it’s way quicker to load the mags, but now my bricks of ammo disappear entirely too fast…

  • J.K.

    Have this for my AR-22. Its an ingenious piece of engineering! No more time wasted loading black dog machine magazines and more time shooting!

  • Nicholas C

    I got one of these when my friend showed it to me, it makes loading MP15-22 mags a breeze. They are a true must have and the best part? They are not expensive. And as an added bonus, they are semi-local for me.