5 Best 9mm Magazine Speed Loaders [2023]

by Dave Chesson

May 29, 2023

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One of my least favorite things to do at the range, is loading my magazines. Granted, I’ve gotten better and faster over time, however, it’s still pretty tedious and a bit of a pain.

However, one day a range buddy of mine broke out a speed loader, and he was firing down range faster and more often then myself. He specifically started using them because of his arthritis in his hands, and needed the a good speed loader.

But, as you can imagine, not all speed loaders are the same. Since that day, I’ve purchased a bunch of speed loaders for different calibers. Some of them were junk, while others were not. Some, while they worked, were over priced.

Because of my use of these (and subsequent collection), I’m constantly asked what is the best 9mm speed loader. With the 9mm pistols being one of the most widely used, its no wonder this is commonly asked.

So, to help with this, I’m going to be listing some of my favorite speed loaders on the market for the 9mm – and also a couple of duds that you should avoid.

5 Best 9mm Speed Loaders from Best to Worst

  1. Caldwell Universal Pistol Loader (Editor’s Choice)
  2. Maglula 9mm UpLULA Universal Pistol Magazine Loader (Best Premium)
  3. MakerShot Custom Magazine Speedloader (It’s 3rd)
  4. ETS Elite Tactical Systems CAM Universal Speed Loader (Fastest Option)
  5. Glock Magazine Speed Loader (Best for Glock)

Best 9mm Speed Loaders

Caldwell Universal Pistol Loader
  • Versatile with many different calibers
  • Adjustable Side Shims
  • No Movement Tightening Knob
  • Stable with no flexing
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Maglula Uplula Universal Loader
  • Positive operation protects fingers
  • Lengthens magazine life
  • Locks closed & minimal design
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MakerShot Magazine Speedloader
  • NOT a universal loader
  • Perfect fit on selected magazine
  • Great speed, ergonomics and durability.
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ETS CAM Universal Speed Loader
  • Loads pistol mags in seconds.
  • Works with 9mm, .40 caliber, double or single stack mags.
  • Picks rounds up from ammo tray.
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Glock Magazine Speed Loader
  • Loads all calibers
  • single and double stack magazines
  • No inserts, spacers or adjustments
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Reviews of the Best 9mm Magazine Speed Loaders

Okay, so now that you can see my list, let me explain a bit more on why each one is where it is at, and how they compare. This section is really for those of you who need more detail. Otherwise, you can save yourself some time and just choose #1 above.

1. Editor’s Choice Caldwell Universal Loader

Editor's Choice
CALDWELL MAG CHARGER UNIVERSAL

Caldwell Universal Loader

Best for Compatibility

  • Versatile with many different calibers
  • Adjustable Side Shims
  • No Movement Tightening Knob
  • Stable with no flexing

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  • Design A
  • Durability A+
  • Reliability B+
  • Value A+

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Caldwell Loader Specs

  • Operating Function Squeeze Lever
  • Magazine Types Single Stack, Double Stack
  • Weight 8 ounces
  • Overall Size 9.3 x 6.7 x 2 inches

Caldwell Universal Loader Review

While it looks like a weapon out of the movie Terminator, I find the Caldwell Universal Loader is very easy to use and is very compatible with most 9mm magazines while taking no strength to operate.

The Caldwell speed loader works with both single stack and double stack magazines – which usually isn’t the case. It can load multiple caliber sizes which include 9mm, 10mm, .357, .40cal and.45 cal ammunition. You don’t need a lot of strength with this baby, you can lock it in with the provided Lock Knob, throw in a round, and pull the lever. I think its the easiest on the hands.

This loader can easily adjust to different widths of magazines with supporting adjustable side shims . On top of all of this, it is made from polycarbonate which makes it practically indestructible. Overall, a fantastic option for any serious shooter.

My only issue is that this one takes a bit to get used to. It can feel a bit clunky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple. Also, this isn’t the fastest of them but it will definitely increase your speed. I listed this as my favorite though because of its price and that it covers other calibers and hasn’t failed me yet.

Caldwell Universal Pros and Cons

  • Universal for caliber types
  • Takes some getting used to

2. Best Premium Maglula UpLULA Universal Loader

UPlula Speed Loader 9mm

Maglula UpLULA Universal Loader

Best for Durability

  • Positive operation protects fingers
  • Lengthens magazine life
  • Locks closed & minimal design

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  • Design A
  • Functionality A
  • Durability A
  • Value B+

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A

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Maglula Loader Specs

  • Operating Function Squeeze Lever
  • Magazine Types Single Stack, Double Stack
  • Weight 0.8 ounces

Maglula Uplula 9mm Loader Review

Coming in a little more expensive than the Caldwell, the number 2 on my list is the UpLula Universal Magazine Loader. It is made with military grade material – which that statement always makes me chuckle and vets know why.

It also carries the ability to self-adjust to any size magazine because of its shims and loads with ease. I’ve used it to load 9mm, .45, and .380 without any problems. So, it too is very versatile as is the Caldwell. The key to this magazine speed loader is reliability, without any pain!

Made to load both single and double stacks, this piece of equipment is also made with indestructible polycarbonate, so it’s strong.

I also think this is one of the easiest on the hands. My kids have been able to use it without any extra help (can’t say the same for the ETS – discussed below).

Truth be told, this UpLula Loader is a favorite and you’ll find it in the range bag of a few of us here. It just didn’t make my #1 spot because of the price. Plus, I’ve had some issues with it not sitting as flush with the 9mm magazines (but maybe that’s just mine?)

But, if that doesn’t matter, then this is the one for you. Call it the ‘premium’ option.

Maglula Loader Pros and Cons

  • Highly durable and light
  • Higher Cost

3. MakerShot Magazine Speedloader

MAKERSHOT MAGAZINE SPEEDLOADER

MakerShot Magazine Speedloader

Best for Simplicity

  • NOT a universal loader
  • Perfect fit on selected magazine
  • Great speed, ergonomics and durability.

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  • Design B+
  • Durability A
  • Functionality A
  • Value B

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A-

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C-

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Makershot Loader Specs

  • Operating Function Push Slider
  • Magazine Types Single Stack, Double Stack
  • Weight 3.04 ounces
  • Overall Size 1 x 1 x 2 in

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This magazine loader is simple! There is no moving parts and it easily slides onto any single or double stack magazine.

Made of excellent polymer material, this magazine speed loader is small enough to carry in your pants pocket and it won’t break.

What is not so great about this speed loader is that it is NOT universal. It is limited to 9mm, .40, and .380 caliber magazines.

So if you like basic and you don’t mind using some thumb strength, then you will love the Makershot Custom Speed Loader. I personally don’t think it is better than the Uplula or the Caldwell, but I have a crazy Uncle who won’t shut up about it.

Makershot Loader Pros and Cons

  • No moving parts; slides easily
  • NOT universal

4. Fastest Option ETS Cam Universal Speed Loader

ETS Elite Tactical Systems Cam Universal Speed Loader

ETS Cam Universal Speed Loader

Best for Speed

  • Loads pistol mags in seconds.
  • Works with 9mm, .40 caliber, double or single stack mags.
  • Picks rounds up from ammo tray.

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  • Design B+
  • Durability A-
  • Functionality B-
  • Value B+

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B+

Reader’s Grade

D+

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ETS Elite Loader Specs

  • Operating Function Push Slider
  • Magazine Types Single Stack, Double Stack
  • Weight 3.04 ounces
  • Overall Size 13.5 x 1.5 x 6.2 inches

ETS Tactical Speed Loader Review

I personally like the ETS Tactical Speed loader. It is definitely one of the fastest of the speed loaders and I’ve never had ANY problems with mine.

With the way it is designed, you never even have to touch the pistol ammunition itself. It will easily grab the bullets for you by sliding it along a tray of 9mm rounds in the provided grooves. All you do is load it up from the ammo box, insert the magazine loader in the bottom until it locks, and then push down the bullets into the magazine with a provided plunger. It’s incredibly easy.

It does take a little bit of strength to operate, but overall very simple. Again, this works with both a single stack magazine and a double stack magazines. Because you never have to force the bullets through the feed lips, it doesn’t have any danger of getting damaged. It is made of sturdy polymer here in the USA.

However, one of the best things about Gun University is that any of the products we list, we give our Critics Score, and we allow readers to leave their scores. As you can see, there are many who have had problems and because of this, I have updated this article to lower it on the rankings.

Many have complained that it didn’t work for them or that, like I mentioned, it does take a bit of strength to operate. My kids can’t use it – I have to operate it for them. But that being said, I haven’t run into any malfunctions or issues with mine, or any of the others I have used from other people. So, I’m not really sure about that.

ETS Elite Loader Pros and Cons

  • Speed and quickness
  • Other readers report issues with it
  • Need strength to operate

5. Glock Magazine Speed Loader

Glock Magazine Speedloader

Glock Magazine Speed Loader

Best for Cost Efficiency

  • Loads all calibers
  • single and double stack magazines
  • No inserts, spacers or adjustments

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  • Design B
  • Durability B+
  • Functionality B+
  • Value A

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B+

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Glock Loader Specs

  • Operating Function Push Slider
  • Magazine Types Single Stack, Double Stack
  • Weight 0.8 ounces
  • Overall Size 1 x 1 x 2 in

Glock Magazine Loader Review

The Glock Magazine Speed Loader is the most cost efficient one out today. Glock prides itself on ease of use and strength, and their speed loader delivers on that promise.

While it’s not the fanciest, it is made with very durable polymer and is the most cost effective.

No mechanics or parts to have to deal with, the Glock makes good on being easier on the hands and fingers. To use this product all you do is place it over the magazine, slide the ammo in, and push down the handle.

The Glock magazine speed loader is compatible with the Glock 9mm, .40, .357, .380, and the .45 calibers. Just be aware that there are a few Glock products it is NOT compatible with such as, the Glock G42 single stack and the 10mm magazines.

So, this is great if you have a Glock and you’re only going to use it on Glocks. If you have other types of 9mm pistols, then move off this one and choose one of the ones I discussed above.

Glock Loader Pros and Cons

  • Cost Effective
  • Not compatible with ALL Glock Mags

Best 9mm Speed Loader – Buyer’s Guide

There are many things to think about when looking at a 9mm speed loader for your gun. Luckily, in case you need more information before purchasing one, we’ve got the below guide to get you up to speed.

How Does a 9mm Speed Loader Work?

With so many speed loader options today to tell you HOW each one works would be a very big undertaking. So to keep it brief and to the point here is a high level view of how a speed loader works.

  1. Start with an empty gun magazine.
  2. Place the magazine into the “slot” provided.
  3. Insert a round of ammo into the space or gap designed for placement.
  4. Push or squeeze so the ammo gets loaded into the magazine chamber.
  5. Repeat until magazine is fully loaded.

Considerations When Purchasing

When deciding to buy a 9mm speed loader, there are 3 things you’re going to want to consider.

The first is making sure you have the correct speed loader for the correct magazine and caliber. You don’t want to have something that’s too big or small, this may cause problems during operation and loading rounds causing all sorts of problems. You don’t want to be that person that thinks that a speed loader is universal just because it is called a speed loader.

Second, is durability. You really do tend to get what you pay for. So when deciding on a magazine loader you might as well get something that’s reliable and is built to last.

Finally, choose something that suits you. Meaning if you are not very strong or you struggle with arthritis in your hands, get something that you can squeeze rather than push down. Vice versa, if you are strong and have no issues with your hands you can be more flexible to get something that works well for you.

Overall, the important idea to remember is to just get something, you’re going to need it and your hands will thank you!

FAQs

Do speed loaders damage magazines?

Interestingly, loading and reloading by hand can likely do more damage than using a magazine loader. As long as you are using the mag loader correctly, you shouldn’t have any issues.

Is a magazine speed loader worth buying?

If you’re looking to save on time and also save your thumbs from ache and even potential injury, then absolutely – a a magazine speed loader is worth every cent.

Are mag loaders universal?

No. A lot of magazine speed loaders are not universal. This article is a great resource for understanding which mag loader is best for you and I highly suggest reading through.

Accessories

Now you should be on your way to getting a speed loader as a must have accessory. We can’t forget some of the other accessories that everyone should also consider. Here are a few options that you might need to replenish or buy for the first time.

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    About Dave Chesson

    Dave Chesson is prior Navy with a specialty in international arms dealing for the US government across multiple countries. Having traveled the world and abided by ATF and ITAR, Roy has a unique background in legal as well as practical capabilities of weapons deployment and use.

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