As many AK shooters know loading magazines for a range trip can be a dirty and time consuming task. It seems those steel cased rounds are covered with plenty of dirt that ends up all over my hands. While loading the magazines doesn’t take that much time, Caldwell’s new AK Mag Charger makes it a snap. The mag charger works with all types of AK magazines including drums.
Now to insert the magazine. I had a surplus steel AK mag to load first. The process is pretty simple, you insert the mag just like you would in a rifle by inserting the leading edge of the mag first, then rocking it into place.
After moving the plunger in, you retract it for another stoke. The feed tray indexes itself automatically to the next row every time. Caldwell claims you can load a magazine in less than 10 seconds, I found this to be accurate. Before I knew it I had a full mag and it was time to replace it for an empty. This is accomplished by pressing on the mag catch and rocking the mag out just like on my rifle.
Very easy to fill mags up!
A few more strokes later and yet another mag was full. I did find that getting the mag charger was a bit tougher with the polymer mag, but that was expected. I regularly have issue chambering a round with these as a result of what I presume to be increased drag on the rounds from the rough polymer feed lips.
If you happen to be in the market for a AK Mag Charger I highly recommend Caldwell’s, there are so few options on the market for AK shooters to load mags as fast as we can unload them. Retail price of the AK Mag Charger is $99.99 and can be found here. The ammo boxes retail for $24.99 and come with 5 in a package, they can be found here.