Mag Pump AR-15 Loader
One of the coolest gadgets I saw at the Industry Day at the Range was the Mag Pump AR-15 ammunition loader. This well designed ammunition loader was actually at several vendor’s booths, and everyone I talked to had very positive comments about its performance. The Mag Pump is designed to load AR-15 magazines very quickly, so the loader can avoid finger and hand fatigue. This is particularly helpful during an event like Industry Day at the Range, but could be just as beneficial if the user was at a training course where hundreds of rounds were being expended.
Unlike similar products, the Mag Pump’s huge benefit is the top loading hopper. Instead of trying to load one round at a time, or fitting multiple rounds into specific loading slots, the Mag Pump hopper allows the loader to simply dump rounds in. There is no need to sort the rounds into a nice order. The Mag Pump mechanism moves the cartridges into loading position one cartridge at a time. As each cartridge moves into loading position it is directed bullet down.
Magazines are inserted near the base with the back side up. This ensures the cartridge is properly positioned to be mechanically inserted into the magazine with the bullet facing down. To facilitate loading the user simply inserts the magazine until the tactile and audible lock. After the magazine is fully loaded the user presses down on a lever just above the insertion point to release the magazine.
Loading is performed through the use of an oversized crank handle on one side. Loading can take place as fast as the user can crank the handle and keep ammunition in the hopper. This action is much easier than trying to hand load magazines, especially as the magazine gets near full capacity. According to the Mag Pump representatives a motivated loader can easily load (3) magazines in a minute.
The standard Mag Pump is made from high quality polymer, and designed to mount to a work bench or simply sit free on its base. I did not see any Mag Pump’s permanently mounted at the Industry Day, and all seemed to work just fine. The current models are designed for .223 Rem., 5.56mm, and .300 BLK. There is a Mag Pump Elite version made from machined aluminum. Each Mag Pump will also ship with a Mag Dump unloader as well. The company is already in the works for AK-47 magazines (7.62x39mm) and Glock 9mm magazines.
Mag Dump Unloader
To compliment the Mag Pump, the company is including a Mag Dump unloader with every purchase. The Mag Dump works similar to a Mag Lula in reverse. The Mag Dump is inserted over the top of the magazine, and an over-sized handle is moved forward and backward to eject cartridges one at a time. A demonstration was performed and a full magazine could be unloaded in about 5 seconds. This is much easier than trying this process by hand, or by using a cartridge case for assistance.
The Mag Pump and Mag Dump come with a transferable lifetime warranty. When questioned about the extent of this warranty, the representatives said it was lifetime regardless of owner or occurrence. They went as far as to say “drive over it with a truck, if it breaks we’ll replace it.”
Mag Pump Features
- Hopper fed loose ammunition loader
- Polymer and machined aluminum options available
- Compatible with all Mil-Spec AR-15 magazines
- Transferable Lifetime Warranty
- Reduces magazine loading time
- Eliminates hand and finger fatigue while loading
- MSRP: $199.00 (Polymer), and $399.00 (Elite – aluminum).
Mag Dump Features
- Quickly and easily unloads AR-15 magazines
- Injection molded polymer
- Patent pending design
- Transferable Lifetime Warranty.
There have been several magazine loaders and unloaders to hit the market. Probably the most famous is the Mag Lula line, which has been very effective. However, the Mag Pump and Mag Dump are very well designed to load or unload magazines very quickly and efficiently. Easy loading through a hopper was much quicker than many competitors, and the Mag Dump coming with every purchase has me seriously considering a purchase in the near future.