Every once and awhile I will come across a product that stops me in my tracks and has me put it in reverse. Yesterday at the SHOT Industry Day at the Range, the Mag Pump did just that. Though I had just casually passed by their booth which was tucked away in the corner in “tent village”, it was not until I had actually seen it being used to load magazines at the Aero Precision live fire lane that it had caught my attention.
The Mag Pump is a hopper-fed, loose ammo loader for .223 Rem, 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK and is compatible with all MIL-SPEC AR-15 Magazines and is available in both polymer or machined aluminum.
So, down to the nuts and bolts. The Mag Pump is capable of being table mounted via two pre-drilled holes on the base which will provide it greater stability, though it is not required. Basic operation consists of the user placing a MIL-SPEC AR15 magazine, tip down, into the front of the Mag Pump and dumping a handful of ammo in the hopper. Though all of the rounds will need to be oriented horizontally in the hopper, it does not matter which direction the bullet tip or primer is facing. Once the user has loaded up to 90 rounds into the hopper, all that is required is a pumping motion on the side lever, which a child could do with ease. Another nice feature, no counting. Once the magazine has reached its capacity, the Mag Pump recognizes through a sensor that the tension on the spring has reached the capacity and it will no longer allow rounds to be inserted.
The Mag Pump MSRP’s for $199 for the polymer version (MP-AR15) and $399 for the machined aluminum (MP-AR15 ELITE). If you are an occasional shooter that is only loading a magazine or two once in a while, this product may not be for you. If you are a higher volume shooter, or someone who teaches or attends classes where down time between shooting for loading magazines can be a hinderance, this is definitely something you need to take a closer look at.
There are also versions coming soon for the AK47 as well as Glock 9mm magazines.
Mag Pump does not have their own booth at the SHOT Show, however, they will have some on display in booth 6112 this week. I will attempt to get a video of it in action.
For more information, please visit magpump.com or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.