Here are the Best Pistol Magazine Speed Loaders for 9mm, .40, .380, 45ACP and More!
“Demon Speed is what we need – greasy fast speed!” That was Mick’s opinion in Rocky II. But when it comes to loading up a single or double stack magazine for 9mm or any small pistol round you need a well-designed Magazine Speed Loader or magazine charger.
If you own a 9mm you know how difficult it is to load a magazine by hand. After about 3 rounds your thumb and finger begins to hurt.
Decades ago when I bought my first 9mm, a Beretta 92F, I found a simple magazine loader made from die-formed steel. It was dirt simple, cheap, and it worked great. It wasn’t especially fast but it beat the heck out of using my thumb & fingers.
A few weeks ago I purchased a new Beretta PX4 Storm Compact chambered in 9mm. I figured I would just use my old one until I discovered the PX4 magazine is .870 wide compared to a 92F at .810. That’s almost a 1/16th difference. Needless to say my old magazine loader wouldn’t fit, so I decided to go online and shop for a new one.
I found one on eBay that promised to fit the PX4 for about $10. It was just a simple one piece molded plastic part for only $10 so I went ahead and ordered it. Every time I would push a round in it would stick to the magazine. You could fight with it each time but I finally gave up and decided it was easier to load with my fingers. Well, I got what I paid for.
I had not considered a universal speed loader to accommodate all my pistol calibers. My experience with one size fits all products is that they seldom work well. But after that experience I decided that might make more sense for my needs if I could find one that would work well on all my pistol magazines.
After some research and some tinkering around I found several Magazine Speed Loaders that I believe are the best ones available.
Maglula UpLULA UP60B is a Universal, one-size-fits-all Pistol Magazine Speed Loader. The possibility of having to carry only one magazine speed loader in my range bag to handle all my different calibers made this product very enticing.
As it turned out, this magazine speed loader is amazing! I don’t usually say that about a product but this one certainly qualifies. The Maglula UpLULA UP60B Pistol Magazine Speed Loader is made in Israel and its everything its advertised to be.
It’s made from Heavy Duty injection molded parts with hardened steel depressor. It has two spring-loaded parts – the centering guide and the depressor mechanism.
The way it works is different than any other magazine speed loader I have used. You place it over the top of the magazine. The Centering guide comes to rest on the rear of the magazine. For the first round you squeeze the depressor mechanism with your thumb or fingers and press the loader down until the depressor pushes the mag follower down. With the other hand insert the first round and release the depressor. Now, simply repeat the process.
It is so easy and almost effortless. After loading a magazine or two you will find yourself loading a 15 round magazine in under 30 seconds. That is what I call speed!
The Maglula UpLULA UP60B workes just as well on my .380 Beretta Cheetah and .45 Gov. Model as it did on my 9mm PX4.
Watch this Cool VIDEO Demo!
Another smart feature you will appreciate is a lock that holds the depressor in the closed position for a smaller profile and easier storage.
The UpLULA Pistol Magazine Speed Loader Fits Astra, Auto Ordnance, Barak, Beretta, Browning, Bul, Colt, CZ, EAA, FN, Glock, HK, Hi-Point, High Standard, Jericho, Kahr, Kel-Tec, Kimber, Les Baer, Llama, Luger, Magnum Research, Para Ordnance, Pheonix Arms, Ruger, Sigma, Sig/Sauer, S&W, Springfield Armory, Star, Steyr, Taurus, Vector, Walther, and more. Loads all* 9mm Luger, 10mm, .357, 10mm, .40, and .45ACP cal. single and double stack magazines of all arms manufacturers. One size fits all, single or double stack!
Oh yea, I forgot to mention, it comes in (6) different colors too!
This is one slick little speed loader!
The Sylvan Raptor is a One-Size-Fits-All pistol speed loader designed to load both single and double stack magazines for .380, 9mm, all the way up to 45 ACP from most manufactures.
The reason this speed loader caught my attention is the way it is designed to operate. It gives you the option to use one or both hands to manipulate it. Either way you can build up speed with just a couple mags full. Once you get the hang of it you can easily load a 15 round mag in under 30 seconds.
The most striking feature about this magazine speed loader is the build quality. The Sylvan Raptor is made from injection molded glass-filled nylon and heat treated die formed steel parts so you can expect this product to last for years to come.
It allows you to drop in rounds easily with no finger pushing or pressing. The Sylvan Raptor has a spring-loaded device (Wings) that help center it on the magazine and give it more stability when loading smaller mags.
Watch this Cool Demo VIDEO!
The Sylvan Raptor is a Military grade shooting accessory that will last you for years
It comes with a hex wrench so you can adjust it and a small rubber mat so you won’t scratch up the magazine base pad. Its compact enough to carry in your pocket.
This is a nicely designed pistol magazine speed loader that will get the job done.
The Caldwell 110002 is a universal magazine charger designed to accommodate .380 up to 10mm and 45ACP, single and double stack magazines.
When I first looked at this product I thought to myself “this is overly complex.” But once I saw how it operates I really became impressed and could see the benefits it has to offer.
This cleverly designed speed loader removes the hand strength and dexterity factor from loading your pistol magazines. It also eliminates the need for a table or rest to operate.
Unlike any other magazine speed loader or mag charger it operates from an inverted position.
You simply insert your magazine and then use the rotating shim or cam adjustment that enables you to preset it to your magazine’s width. A twist of the large knob locks the magazine in place. Set the Selector to the correct setting #1, 2, 3, or 4.
Then you simply drop the round in the loading port and squeeze the handle. This lifts it into the magazine. One of the big benefits of the Caldwell 110002 is the handle operates at a 2:1 ratio which means it takes half the hand strength to operate. This makes it ideal for someone with limited hand strength.
Watch this Cool Demo VIDEO!
Once you get the hang of how this loader operates you can change from one caliber to another quickly. You will find yourself able to load a 15 rd. 9mm mag in under 30 seconds with just a little practice. It works well on standard pistol magazines including small calibers such as the .380 and 9mm up to 10mm.
The only negative issues I see with the Caldwell 110002 are it is somewhat large and takes up more space in your range bag and it does require a couple adjustments each time you change to a different caliber or model magazine.
Other than that, this is an excellent magazine speed loader that you will enjoy using. It’s well-made and should provide you with years of service if used correctly.
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