Are they worth it? It's kind of a pain in the ass when you get to round 13ish on a new 16 round mag.
Yes, for two main reasons:
1. Less time spent loading mags at the range = more time shooting at the range.
2. You can easily load mags with one with gloves on (good for those pesky crime scene investigators, also good if you don't like dirty fingers)
Between my AR, AK, and Makarov, I've never had a problem or complaint with loading mags, but then
1) I've never owned a modern double stack pistol
2) I've been a mechanic for 10 years, so my hands are pretty strong/dextrous
3) I pre-load all my mags the night before while drinking and bullshitting, so I have to as little re-loading at the range as possible (8 AR mags, 5 AK mags)
it just makes things a lot faster. I can load a mag just fine with my hands, but using uplulas is nice. great if you want want to unload a mag too. I fucking hate unloading ar mags.
>not just unloading it into the side of a hill
Do it OP. Here's one in your favorite color for $30
Get a 34 round glock 9mm magazine and get back to me.
Also, only shooting 8 mags or 5 mags is usually not enough to sate my appetite, I tend to shoot a lot more than however many mags I bring or even own depending on the gun.
I have very strong hands and I have trouble, especially if I have any oil or sweat on my hands.
Every glock mag Ive loaded has been a bitch and a half, the G21 mags with extenders are tough enough to rip a fingernail off.
I have pretty strong hands, I rarely have issues loading mags. That being said, I see people with thinner or smaller hands struggle. It's up to you. Personally, I like to load slowly anyhow it gives me a few minutes to think about where I'm hitting, why I'm fucking up, and what to work on. It also manages my ammo better so I'm not out in 15 minutes.
But not everyone has that kind of time or gorilla warfare hands and I do own one for those types. They appreciate it.
>AR mag loader
On a magazine you literally just push cartridges into? Jesus, /k/.
If I know a shooter that I have to buy a present for and I know they don't have one I buy them one. I hear from them every time I met them afterwards saying how great they are. I get Uplula I pay around 24-27$ each. best damn range gear ever...
Unless you are specifically going for speedshooting, you should only fire about 10 rounds and then stop to re-evaluate your grip/stance/grouping/etc.
Going up to the line and firing 30 rounds and only hitting well 8 times is a waste of 22 rounds. If you're putting 30 rounds in a well defined group then you should move the target further back and challenge yourself.
tl;dr: more bullets in your gun =/= well spent range time.
There's more than one type of shooting you fucking moron. I often do double tap drills with my pistols and rifles, its fun and useful. Shooting, unless bullseye, is a mixture of speed and precision.
more time spent shooting small groups and evaluating your grip, stance, grouping, etc and less time spent standing around loading magazines.
also I like to go plinking sometimes.
I recently picked two up for my pistol and AR, it makes life so much easier. I can load my mags 10x faster now and also anyone who has ever had stiff mags know how hard it is to get the last round or two in. 10/10 would buy again.
with a tool? yeah i guess but when you load and shoot thousands of rounds of 5.56 you get faster. its not hard to remove rounds from clips and hand jam all thirty in a magazine twelve times for one range
I like the cheapo one piece proprietary ones, I get them for every make of gun that I have. That way I can seat the rounds all the way back and if I am with someone else they can load mags for the gun I let them shoot too.
do they have this sign hung up?