Mag loading question

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by Hectocotylus, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    I just got my first center fire pistol. It is a 9mm. The other handgun I have is a .22. It has a handy thing on the side of the mag to take the tension off using your thumb so that loading is a breeze. This 9mm mag has no such feature. Am I just a wimp or am I hurting my thumb for no reason and should be using better technique
     
  2. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I wouldn't say you are a wimp, most mags can be hard on the fingers especially with those short little shells. Maybe look into some sort of loader to help out, I just picked one up at Fleet Farm for 10 bucks, the mag slips into it and theres a lever you press which puts pressure down into the mag pushing the shells down so you can easily slide the next one into the mag without the tension being against it.
     

  3. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Hmm sounds good. Does it fit any type of mag?
     
  4. deadeye

    deadeye New Member

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    Sometimes magazines can be a little tough to load, especially new magazines with stiff springs. I'd have to see how you were going about loading them to give you advice on an easier way. I press the top round down with the thumb of the hand that's holding the magazine to give the next round a little room. There are also several products on the market for just this problem, like the upLULA pistol magazine loader for instance (www.maglula.com). Some new handguns even come with something similar. My Beretta 92A1 came with a magazine loader. Hope this helps.
     
  5. 7.62 Man

    7.62 Man New Member

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    A lot of new pistols come with a small loader it is just a clip that fits over the mag & pushes down the top round so you can load the next round under the feed lips then push it back.
    If your mags are double stack you can wrap your hand around the mag with your thumb on top. Then set a round on top of the last round while giving a little pressure on the round on top, give the bottom of the mag a thump up with the other hand & the round will drop into the mag. I call it the bump loading method.
    After a few hundred rounds you mags will loosen up, or your thumbs will get stronger & the problem will go away.;)
     
  6. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    They had many different ones, each made to fit certain mags, have to look on the back of the box and see which one fits your mag, I have the Beretta 96 in 40 S&W, so the one I bought fits all Beretta 92/96 series mags and some others, I didn't look through all the rest to see what they were compatible with.
     
  7. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Well my mag is obviously brand new. It is a single stack. Hopefully it loosens up a bit. Good excuse to go shooting!
     
  8. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Thats the only way to break in a "stiff" mag :)
     
  9. treehugger49

    treehugger49 New Member

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    Definitely the UpLULA! Some training courses may require manual loading of your mags, but for everyday range preparation, you can't beat it.

    Here's another link just for information. You can do better than this advertised price:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/95...ol-magazine-loader-and-unloader-polymer-black
     
  10. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    OK, first put on your big boy pants second buy a maglula.

    Kidding...but in all seriousness, a Maglula is great, you can load 3 magazines with a maglula in the time it would take to load 1 without it. trust me we've timed it...

    Boy, them Israelis make some good products!!!
     
  11. potentialglock

    potentialglock New Member

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    You're having a hard time with single stack?? What is it 7 or 8 rounds? I can understand double stack but single stacks should be easy!
     
  12. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Ya 7 rounds. I am thinking my wimp answer may be the biggest problem :)
     
  13. potentialglock

    potentialglock New Member

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    Toughen up lol
     
  14. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Was a lot easier today. I think I just needed to get the hang of it.
     
  15. drboompa

    drboompa New Member

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    can I use the same loader on both my 380 and my 40. cal S&W
     
  16. treehugger49

    treehugger49 New Member

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    Yes you can.