The ACEM Pistol Loaders in Beta Testing

Table-based magazine loaders have existed a long time. While it takes some time to get the rounds into the loading plate with a simple push, all rounds are quickly and easily inserted into the magazine. PLATE’s ACEM loaders have been a respected offering in this sphere, but until now, these loaders were limited to double-stack magazines.

Fortunately, the wizards over there have figured out how the geometries to use ACEM loaders on double-stack single-feed magazines, where until the ETS loader only now just exists, the LULA reigned supreme. In short, these are the sample plate-style loaders where the rounds are lined up in the stack and a follower is used to press them all into the magazine quickly and easily where the rounds feed slightly down and to the rear instead of straight in on the double-stack offerings.


The new ACEM pistol loaders are now in beta testing, focusing only on the Glock platform. While Plate states the production ACEMs will be largely universal:

Production ACEM pistol loaders will work with all calibers (a 9mm/.357/.40S&W model and a 10mm/.45 model) and as well as most pistol platforms. Like all ACEMs, they will also have universal magazine compatibility, regardless of magazine make or capacity.

For those who shoot Glocks, the Beta versions are available for purchase in 33 round and 22 round configurations. Both versions add markings for various magazine capacities, so if you don’t shoot 22 rounders or full happy-sticks, the loaders will still help get the job done quickly.

Retail for the beta versions are $59.95 and $49.95 for the 33 round and 22 round versions, respectively. 


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  • Dougscamo

    The top photo in the article looks like a CAT scan made by my proctologist at my last physical….

  • These loaders will likely have to be magazine specific, because I can only get my ETS loader working with Glock magazines.

    • QuadGMoto

      I also had major problems with my ETS loader. But I’ve also seen reports of people having success with them.

      I called ETS about the trouble I’ve experienced. They’re sending a replacement and a shipping tag to return my first one to them. They might be having some problems with them being out of spec, so they are looking into it.

      If you’ve tried lubing it according to the directions in their FAQ and are still having trouble even after working with it enough to make sure it’s past a reasonable break-in period (they said 5 full magazine loadings), I would encourage you to call them. They were easy to work with.

      • I haven’t lubed it, but I found it worked reasonably well with Glock mags as long as I seated it far enough in the loader that you hear the follower make a sound.

        Of course you should just throw the ETS mag that they included with those didn’t seem to get any better since the last time I’ve tried them.

        • QuadGMoto

          The only potential problem I’ve had with them is that the rounds (brass cased) can be a little sluggish when unloading them by hand. (A little dry lube solves that.) But in use they’ve been just as reliable as Glock factory and Magpul mags.

  • st381183

    I have a beta ACEM Glock loader. It has proven to be disappointing. Very difficult to use as the rounds hang up on each other. The base of the round hangs up on the rim where the bullet is seated into the case. This causes you to lose momentum as you start pushing rounds in the mag. I usually get stopped by the s sixth or seventh round. I’m not a small guy but it was back breaking. I tried Glock OEM, Magpul, and ETS mags.

    I stopped using it after about 30 unsuccessful mag loading attempts. Save your money for now as they work on some geometry to stop the hang ups.

  • Twilight sparkle

    I’d rather save my money and get a thumb workout in at the same time