Review of the Caldwell AR-15 Magazine Charger
Load AR-15 Magazines in Mere Seconds . . .
by Timothy P. Banse
If you shoot an AR-15 class of weapon then you will be interested to learn about Caldwell's Mag Charger that accepts accepts 50 round boxes of .223, 5.56 and .204 Ruger ammunition.
Mag Charger transfers boxed ammo (50- round paper or plastic containers) into a magazine at the rate of 5 rounds per stroke. It's compatible with all AR platform magazines both mil-spec (metal) and molded plastic.
Operation is as simple as aligning bullet tips and dumping the ammo into the Mag Charger. Ammo aligns automatically without the need to touch even a single round. Once the Mag Charger is topped-off with ammo, insert any AR magazine into the Mag Charger just as you would into a rifle. Now stroke the plunger back and forth, loading 5 rounds per stroke as the spring loaded ammo carrier automatically advances aligning the next five rounds until magazine is fully loaded. Not only does it save time, shredded thumb tips from sharp magazine edges are a thing of the past.
Theoretically, the entire process of filling the Mag Charger and loading all 50 rounds into two magazines takes less than 15 seconds. That said, don't expect it to perform Las Vegas magic right out of the box. Truth be told, using it requires at least a little practice. No problem. Practice at home before bringing it to the range. Ultimately, once you gain proficiency you will spend less time reloading magazines and more time "hot" at the firing line.
Finally, an Ammo Transfer Tray is included to invert ammo that is positioned in ammo boxes with the bullet tips oriented down or to stage bulk ammo for dumping into Mag Charger.
By the Numbers: Three Easy Steps:
1. Dump 50 rounds of ammo
2. Insert any size magazine
3. Rapidly operate plunger, loading 5 rounds per stroke