At SHOT Show Range Day jobbing journos shoot the latest and greatest firearms from mainstream manufacturers and ballistic bit players. Tucked away to the side is a tented bazaar where companies hawk everything from tactical socks to gun lube to portable refrigerator/freezers. The belle of the ball? The MAG-PUMP MP-AR-15 magazine loader.
First, the bad news: the MAG-PUMP is not something you can dump in your range bag. And it ain’t cheap. The MP-AR15 Ultralight is a Washington under $200. The sturdier, bench-mountable MP-AR15 Elite runs a hair under four Benjamins.
Now the good news: everything else.
As you can see in the video above, you simply shove your mag in the side slot, pop your .223/.300 Blackout/5.56 rounds in the hopper — facing either way! — pump the handle and Bob’s your uncle (as the Brits are wont to say).
Not to put too fine a point on it: this is how we do it. Just ask IWI’s mensch men [sic], who used a MAG-PUMP to load thousands of rifle rounds with nary a fatigued finger. Coming soon: AK47 and GLOCK 9mm loaders.
As far as I’m concerned, the MAG-PUMP is the best new thing at SHOT so far.