Here at the palatial Gunblast offices, better
known as the gun room, we receive lots of shooting related
stuff. Some of it is useless junk, but most of it does have a
useful place in a shooter’s life. However, even some of that
stuff does not seem worth the trouble for me to review in an
article. I type with just one finger, and am pretty choosey
about which products I consider worth the considerable effort
that it takes for me to peck out a review. We recently
received one such product that I think will be of use to many
shooters, considering the number of Ruger and Browning
twenty-two pistols that are in the world.
The Ultimate Cliploader is made by McFadden
Machine Company in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, and is a
very handy product to easily and speedily load a pistol
magazine. Those who have loaded the Ruger ten-round magazine
know that it is much more fun emptying the mag (shooting) than
it is to load the thing. You can quickly get a sore thumb from
holding the follower button down while thumbing the rounds in
one at a time. The Ultimate Cliploader is designed to quickly
load the magazine with very little effort, and the device
works as advertised.
In use, one simply dumps in some loose
cartridges, shakes the loader sideways a couple of times, and
inserts an empty magazine. That is it. The mag is loaded and
can be withdrawn and inserted into the pistol. It took longer
for most of you to read this paragraph than it will to load
the magazine. The Ultimate Cliploader is designed to work with
Ruger Mark II and 22/45 magazines , along with all Browning
Buckmark magazines. I had no Browning mags available to try,
but the Cliploader worked perfectly with a few steel Ruger
Mark II magazines that I had here. It did not work well with a
couple of old plastic Ram-Line magazines that I tried, but it
is not advertised to do so. With the Ruger mags, it worked
perfectly, every time.
A ten-round magazine can be loaded and ready
in just about six seconds, if you take your time. They claim
three seconds, but I wasn’t in that big of a hurry.
Some cheap waxed lead ammo that I tried took a slight shaking
to get them into the magazine, but the process still took
fewer than ten seconds. The Ultimate Cliploader is very
inexpensive, and it works.
For more information on ordering the Ultimate
Cliploader, go to: www.brownells.com,
Suggested retail is just under $30, and worth
every penny. Dealers can get substantial discounts for buying
at least six at one time, and they are downright cheap in
If I can help it, I will never load a Ruger
.22 magazine without one.