ETS is mostly known for making transparent polymer AR 15 and Glock magazines, but they’ve also developed a line of magazine loaders. The ETS Cam loaders are designed for both rifles and pistols. I got my hands on the rifle magazine loader and have been putting it through its paces. The ETS CAM rifle mag loader is designed to be used with a wide variety of magazines and that is where the main appeal is to me. I like the idea of a magazine loader I can utilize for a variety of different guns.
The CAM Rifle Mag loader will work with AR 15s, AKs, AR 10s, the MP5, the CZ Scorpion, the Colt SMG, and even the Uzi. It covers all the bases I need, and for 30 bucks it’s a bargain. Of course, that depends on if it works.
Hows It Work?
The ETS CAM Rifle Mag loader is a two-piece system. One part is a plunger, the other holds the ammo and the magazine in place for the plunger to push it all together. What’s cool is the larger portion that holds it together has a channel that allows you to pick up rounds by their rim. If the ammo is sorted with the projectiles facing downwards you can slide the top portion over the rims of the rounds and you can pick them up without hassle.
If your ammo isn’t sorted with the projectiles facing down you can drop the rounds down the channel one by one. You can typically load about 10 to 15 rounds on the plunger depending on the caliber. You hold the load over the magazine and place the plunger on top. Apply pressure and it shoots rounds into the magazine. Simple, quick and effective.
Does CAM Rifle Mag Loader Work?
Yes, actually pretty well too. The ETS CAM Rifle mag loader makes loading mags simple and quick. Mags from the AR, Colt SMG, and Scorpion fit perfectly and are easy to hold and load. Metal AK mags fit perfect, and some polymer mags are a little tight and a little harder to hold onto but still loadable. Things do get difficult when it comes to loading 15 rounds at a time. It’s doable, but the manual does state ten rounds and predictably ten rounds is the smoothest functioning load capacity.
I can load a thirty round magazine in about thirty seconds from the box. This isn’t trying to be fast, just casually loading one mag at a time. Sliding the loader’s channel over the rounds makes it much faster to load mags. Dropping a few in at a time works well too. Outside of being faster, it’s also less tiring on the hands and thumbs, which ensures your hands are rested and strong for that range time.
The ETS CAM Rifle mag loader isn’t just great to load quickly. I imagine folks with arthirits and poor hand strength will love it. It will make loading magazines much easier in this situation.
Complaints and Gripes?
You can find them on Amazon, at Academy, and on the ETS website etc. This was my first experience with the ETS loaders and it’s becoming awfully tempting to grab a 9mm handgun loader.