Mag Pump Easy Loaders | SHOT 2017

    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.

    The Mag Pump hopper is an ingenious way to load fast.

    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 insert on the bottom of one side.

    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.

    The handle on the side is cranked to load cartridges (this is the polymer version).

    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 transparent demo model shows a round dropping into loading position.

    Here the round is positioned for the spring-activated plunger (deployed by the loading lever) to load the cartridge in the magazine.

    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.

    The Mag Dump easily mounts to standard AR-15 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.

    Here the Mag Dump rapidly dumps rounds from a magazine.

    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.”

    The Mag Pump Elite is made of machined aluminum with a sturdier loading handle.

    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.

    The lever above the magazine port releases the magazine when loaded.

    Inserting magazines is easy, and has a positive tactile and audible lock.


    Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at