MAG PUMP TO THE RES­CUE

MY THUMB CAN STOP HURT­ING.

Gun World - - Ammo 411 -

Ihave done a few en­durance/abuse tests through the years. One, in par­tic­u­lar, went 23,000 rounds and change (I still wake up scream­ing at times). The test gun was a Brown­ing Hi-Power, built by Wayne Novak as a clone of his FBI HRT guns of the 1980s.

I have enough mag­a­zines for the BHP. As a re­sult, I can start with 200 rounds loaded.

So, I’d ar­rive at the range, ready to go, shoot off the ammo, load the mag­a­zines, shoot again, and then ei­ther go home or get to the other range work. Why only 400 for the day? The gun got too hot to han­dle com­fort­ably.

You can do the arith­metic. Four hun­dred rounds per and 23,000 to­tal (I just got tired of test­ing) re­quire 58 range trips—twice a week for the warm-weather months, when shoot­ing can, at least, be fun and not an or­deal.

The Hi Power is not the worst when it comes to load­ing mag­a­zines, but I was truly sick of load­ing mags long be­fore I was done.

POUR, PUMP, RE­PEAT

Well, hel­looooo, Mag Pump.

The Mag Pump is a bench-mounted tool that has a hop­per, a mag­a­zine in­ser­tion lo­ca­tion and a han­dle. You stuff a mag­a­zine in

YOU CAN SHIFT THE TIME POR­TION OF THE EQUA­TION BY SPEND­ING LESS OF IT LOAD­ING MAG­A­ZINES, AS WELL AS RE­COV­ER­ING FROM LOAD­ING MAG­A­ZINES. YOU GET MORE—AND BET­TER— PRAC­TICE IN.

place, you pour ammo into the hop­per—no kid­ding; you pour it—and then, you work the han­dle to load the mag­a­zine. Once loaded (count the pumps so you don’t make a mess of things by go­ing over), re­move the loaded mag­a­zine, in­sert an empty one, and re­peat.

No more sore thumbs from feed lip man­gling with hand­gun cartridges, and no more tired hands from clutch­ing mag­a­zines while you thumb the rounds in. Pour, pump, re­peat. (God, I love this coun­try!)

OUT­RA­GEOUS? I THINK NOT

Now, progress is not al­ways easy. For this con­ve­nience, you will have to pay. The Mag Pump comes in two “fla­vors,” if you will: the stan­dard and the Elite loader. The stan­dard is made of the lat­est hi-tech, high-strength poly­mers and will serve you well for a long time. The Elite is made of ma­chined bil­let alu­minum and runs you more than twice as much money. How much? The stan­dard is a penny less than $150, and the Elite is a penny less than $400. “That’s out­ra­geous!” Is it? Let’s tote up the costs of three dif­fer­ent range ses­sions: 9mm, 7.62x39 and 5.56.

In 9mm, you’re tak­ing a $600 pis­tol to the range to shoot $100 worth of ammo; and you’re fir­ing it from mag­a­zines that cost $200. The ammo is the only con­sum­able, but you are also con­sum­ing time and at­ten­tion. If you are so tired (in part from load­ing and the time of load­ing by the end of your prac­tice ses­sion) that you now learn bad habits, have you saved any­thing? In 7.62x39, the num­bers are $700, $100 and $100. In 5.56, they are $1,500, $100 and $150.

Of course, there is no such thing as a tool that does ev­ery­thing. If you want a Mag Pump for your AR-15, it is not go­ing to work with your AK-47. And in the 9mm mod­els, you have to pull the cor­rect adapter out of the box to load your 9mm hand­gun, be it Glock, SIG, S&W, Spring­field, Ruger or CZ. That could mean a grand to­tal of $450 for Mag Pumps for all your blasters.

But then, again, if you have all of those, you have all of the above to­tals to work with as well. You could con­ceiv­ably be go­ing to the range with $3,000 worth of guns and $500 in mag­a­zines to be shoot­ing off a cou­ple of hun­dred dol­lar­sworth of ammo.

What is your time—and thumb ef­fort—worth?

I am re­minded of my days as a street racer. The ques­tion wasn’t, “How fast do you want to go?” but “How fast can you af­ford to go?” Speed costs money, then and now. Skills re­quire prac­tice, which re­quires time and money, then and now. You can shift the time por­tion of the equa­tion by spend­ing less of it load­ing mag­a­zines, as well as re­cov­er­ing from load­ing mag­a­zines. You get more—and bet­ter—prac­tice in.

MAK­ING PRAC­TIC­ING EAS­IER

And just to prove that the guys who thought of this were pay­ing at­ten­tion, there’s an ex­tra gizmo you can spring a big $10 for. It is the univer­sal mount­ing plate base. This is a base, bolted to the bench or table­top, that you can clamp your Mag Pump to and not have to wres­tle it while you load with it. Us­ing this makes load­ing eas­ier. Us­ing this at the gun club is just a mat­ter of in­ge­nu­ity.

And the Hi-Power? More than 23,000 rounds, and only two mal­func­tions. One ammo, one mag­a­zine. All work.

Make life eas­ier. Make prac­tice bet­ter. Make Amer­ica great again. GW

THE MAG PUMP IS A BENCH-MOUNTED TOOL THAT HAS A HOP­PER, A MAG­A­ZINE IN­SER­TION LO­CA­TION AND A HAN­DLE. YOU STUFF A MAG­A­ZINE IN PLACE, YOU POUR AMMO INTO THE HOP­PER ... AND THEN, YOU WORK THE HAN­DLE TO LOAD THE MAG­A­ZINE.

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I Some assem­bly is re­quired. To load 9mm, you have to have the right adapter (the small, “U”-shaped parts) for the mag­a­zine you are load­ing. But once you do that, life gets a lot eas­ier.

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