Designed for California and other restricted markets, Mean Arms has a slick new way to reload AR-pattern rifles. It loads rifles with fixed magazines using a modern take on the stripper clip. Called the MA-Loader, the device quickly reloads magazines without having to remove them from the host rifle.
With the MA-Loader shooters can quickly reload their rifles without having to take them apart or permanently modify them. The MA-loader has two components, the clip itself and an adapter that locks into the ejection port. The MA-Loader holds ten rounds for ten-round magazines.
Using the MA-Loader is easy. The clip rocks and locks into the ejection port adapter. With a push of the loading slide it shoves ten rounds into the magazine. It is not an “ammunition feeding device” for legal purposes and obviously blocks the bolt and ejection port in use.
The MA-Loader can also be used to quickly load a rifle stored unloaded for safety and legal purposes. This way people in restricted states can keep a gun unloaded at home and quickly and easily top it off if they need to use it.
“Multiple states continue to trample on the rights of law abiding citizens,” explains the company website. “Use a Mean-engineered MA-Loader to best use your weapons as intended.”
Mean Arms is currently taking pre-orders for the MA-Loader priced at $39. The company expects to start shipping as early as April this year.
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The MA-Loader and adapter are constructed from black polymer and won’t damage rifle receivers or magazines. Right now the loader is offered in .223 Winchester/5.56 NATO. It’s possible that down the line Mean Arms will produce loaders for other cartridges but it makes sense to start with the most common AR cartridges.
While it is a little more complicated than a standard stripper clip, the MA-Loader is also faster and works with all mill-spec AR-pattern rifles. Stripper clips or chargers have been used to load magazines since the late 19th century and it’s clear that in some cases they can still be relevant.
Just how fast is the MA-Loader? It can pump ten rounds into a magazine almost as fast as it can be emptied in full-auto fire. Also, it turns out that watching a guy shoot a machinegun using a loading system designed for California-compliant rifles turns out to be pretty hilarious.
Other popular “featureless” rifles like SKS carbines can feed from stripper clips and given the popularity of AR rifles it was simply a mater of time — and legislation blocking standard magazines.