Caldwell Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader

Caldwell Shooting Supplies is releasing a universal handgun magazine loader that can take both double and single stack designs. It works via inserting a magazine into the holder, tightening a knob down, then inserting a round at a time into an opening, and squeezing a sort of trigger that presses the round into place while at the same time pushing down on the follower, allowing the round to seat in place, while making room for the next round. While the charger material is polymer, the handle is aluminum, allowing an easier loading experience. MSRP is $34.99 on Midway USA, $10 less than the stated MSRP of $45. Scott F. covered this product at SHOT 2017 on Industry Day, but this is the first time the MSRP will be published along with the official press release with more detail on the product.

The new Caldwell Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader works on almost any style pistol magazines, including 1911 style mags, and loads a large variety of calibers. It works with both single-stack and double-stack magazines. The adjustable side shims align magazines of any width, and the lock knob keeps virtually any size magazine secure. The shims are labeled with numbers for quick and easy adjustment making it easy to switch between different types of magazines. The Universal Pistol Loader will load 9mm, 10mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, .45 cal ammo, and some .380 magazines. The design is simple to use;simply drop a round in, squeeze the hand grip and repeat until the magazine is loaded. The Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader removes the need to ever manually reload a pistol magazine again.

Features Include:

  • Robust polycarbonate construction that’s built to last
  • Ergonomic die cast aluminum handle for easy use and “no flex” operation
  • Adjustable side shims align magazines of any width for optimal use
  • Lock knob keeps virtually any size magazine secure
  • Twice as fast as loading by hand

One of the more successful magazine loaders out there is the Uplula Loader, with a price tag of just over $30 in most stores and online. However one of the main disadvantages with the Uplula is that you have to get separate versions if you want to load 1911 magazines, or even Ruger Mark I/II/III magazines. With this device from Caldwell Shooting, those disadvantages go away because it has the ability to load most handgun magazines regardless of make and usage.

For a casual day of shooting at the range, the use of a magazine loader probably isn’t going to be necessary most of the time. But for high volume of shooting, such as when taking a class, or participating in something like IDPA where rounds counts can be pushed to 200 rounds, being able to load multiple magazines, over and over again can be an excellent advantage. Even if you are physically able to, just having the cut down on time is sometimes worth it.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia. You can also follow us on Twitter- @Silah_Report

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • it’s just Boris

    “However one of the main disadvantages with the Uplula is that you have to get separate versions if you want to load 1911 magazines, or even Ruger Mark I/II/III magazines. With this device from Caldwell Shooting, those disadvantages go away because it has the ability to load most handgun magazines regardless of make and usage.”

    Oh, please.

    The same Uplula can load single- and doublestack magazines just fine without needing a separate version, and without needing shims.

    No, an Uplula can’t do .22LR … but that caliber is also notable by its absence from the list of calibers the Caldwell thing lists, and which is quoted right in this article.

    You guys aren’t CNBC … You can do better than this.

    • R H

      I’m not saying Miles can’t do better, I’m just saying at this point I don’t expect it. I’m really hoping the quality of articles here gets better across the board. I’ve been a bit disappointed lately.

    • Sledgecrowbar

      There’s an Uplula for single stack .22LR-.380ACP. I picked it up not even knowing it was only for single stack right after I bought my first .380 which was double-stack, but then I ended up getting a single-stack .380 anyway. They’re certainly not difficult to load but it does speed up the process. The regular Uplula model for 9-45 double-stack works fine on a double-stack .380.

      In my experience, the best loader for most people is the Striplula, which only works on double-row feed magazines, specifically for AR’s (I have used it to load 9mm into Colt SMG mags, which is why I don’t own a Glock-mag AR), and then after that, the Maglula. If you own at least one of each, you are miles ahead of everyone else who doesn’t.

      I’m looking forward to the loader ETS showed at SHOT. I’m definitely in for one, and if it’s good, I’m just buying one or two of every model they end up making.

  • Nandor

    “Spend less time reloading and more time shooting!” Yeah but reloading is the cheapest part of all this.

    • M.M.D.C.

      “Dunbar loved shooting skeet because he hated every minute of it and the time passed so slowly. He had figured out that a single hour on the skeet-shooting range with people like Havermeyer and Appleby could be worth as much as eleven-times-seventeen years.”

      • FulMetlJakit

        “How was trump at Munich?”

        “Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?”

        Certainly a work of pointedly powerful prose, perhaps prescient?

  • Minuteman

    Brilliant. I’ve been waiting for a reputable American company to come up with something like this, as I prefer to give Americans my business in cases of ‘equal or better’. This is superior to the Uplula and Caldwell is a solid brand. America first!

    • Martin Grønsdal

      The egg came first!

    • Wang Chung Tonight

      Their stuff is made in china.

      • Minuteman

        My Iphone is made in China. The glass in my Samson 3.5x is made in China. My Adidas gym shoes are made in China. Only my Audi is not made in China. My point is that Caldwell is an American brand, the intellectual property is in American hands, the design is American. Same thing as with Iphone. Assembly is Chinese but that’s strictly it. Any idea how much an Iphone would cost if it were made in California? Apple would go out of business within 2 days if American labor were involved. We simply cannot compete any longer and are dependent on others to do our manufacturing for us. These are the realities of today. Caldwell is American, Mepro is Israeli. Period.

        • Wang Chung Tonight

          Im glad you like your ChiMerican company.

          • Minuteman

            Freedom of choice and a free market economy are great things.

        • FulMetlJakit

          Very much doubt that. Assembly labor is one of, if not the, least expensive factors in high grade electronics like that, and would sway even more potential customers, both foreign and domestic.
          And they could always eat the cost up front and go with even more automation.
          Iphones are still ridiculously overpriced as is.

          • Minuteman

            You think so? 11 bucks an hour vs 11 bucks a week is a major difference. Things aside, not everything China makes is junk by the way. Their own industry is capable of making some really solid gear. Look at Primary Arms, for instance. Chinese heavy industry is also advancing very well. J-20, J-31, Type 99 etc. China is rapidly evolving. They aren’t a third rate peasant state anymore.

    • Blake

      Not sure about ETS’s location but check out their loader. A much better design in my opinion.

      • Minuteman

        It’s much faster, I agree, but still vaporware though. It also looks kinda fragile to me. I like Caldwell’s pistol grip inspired approach better. Just seems more natural movement. But I’ll give ERS a try once their’s hits the shelves.

        • Blake

          …how exactly is it vaporware if the only time it was ever mentioned was a MAC video that came out right as SHOT was beginning?

          • Minuteman

            Because they’re still in proto type stage.

          • Blake

            That’s not what vaporware means anymore in common usage. Over the past decade the term has changed to mean a product that has been announced and continually teased but never ends up actually being released. I know there is an old definition that covers any product that hasn’t been released yet, but it’s not used that way anymore.

          • Minuteman

            Well, I’m an Old Fart 😉

  • Slim934

    “However one of the main disadvantages with the Uplula is that you have to get separate versions if you want to load 1911 magazines”

    As someone who owns both devices, allow me to say that this is nonsense. The very week before I purchased the Caldwell, I went to the range to shoot a single stack 1911 in 9mm. I used an Uplula (double stack magazine width model) to reload magazines. It worked perfectly for the task. There is no issue using an Uplula for single stack magazines.

    I like the caldwell. It is neat and it does perform the task. But it is categorically not faster than an Uplula. It may be better for some populations of shooters, but both devices work perfectly well and I would argue that the Uplula would beat it for greater than 80% of shooters.

  • Phillip Shen

    I got an uplula years ago. I discovered there was a problem with it — It made my shooting sessions twice as fast due to the time saved reloading. But I wouldn’t leave the range in half the time — I’d just shoot twice the ammo. So I gave up on the uplula due to it making me breeze through my ammo stock at twice the rate.

    Go au-naturale, folks, it saves money from ammo. Plus now I have thumbs of steel.

    • Joshua

      my range it doesn’t make a lot of difference, there are more shooters than lanes at any given times so we sign up for rounds, you have a lane for ten minutes and then your in the lobby till your next round, which hopefully will be in ten minutes.
      That means that usually I go to the line with loaded mags, shoot the round and then reload in the lobby while I wait my turn again.

  • nova3930

    I’d like to try one. It will take a lot for it to unseat my uplula though. Their TAC30 AR mag loaded did deliver in my eyes though…

  • Badwolf

    “…disadvantages with the Uplula is that you have to get separate versions…”

    Miles, did you verify this, or just take Caldwell’s word for it?

    • YS

      I use the same UpLula for my 9mm double stack and 1911. I _think_ UpLula has an adapter for the 1911, but it works fine without it.

  • YS

    “For a casual day of shooting at the range, the use of a magazine loader probably isn’t going to be necessary most of the time. But for high volume of shooting, such as when taking a class, or participating in something like IDPA where rounds counts can be pushed to 200 rounds”

    Man, I must have a different understanding of a “casual day” and “high volume”. I just went through 350 rounds during my one hour range session. If I was shooting for a whole day, I can easily go through 1k+ rounds.

    • .45

      Ditto. I don’t drive out to the range to shoot two mags and call it a day.