9mm are the most common and popular magazines on the market today. We think everybody who owns a firearm needs a speed loader for their 9mm because its cheap and just makes sense. We did some research and put this review together to help you find the best 9mm magazine speed loaders today. Whether you pick one of our recommendations below or not, all of these work very well.
While it looks like a weapon out of the movie Terminator, 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. It can load multiple caliber sizes which include 9mm, 10mm, .357, .40cal and.45 cal ammo. You don’t need a lot of strength with this baby, you can lock it in with the provided Lock Kob, throw in a round, and pull the lever.
CALDWELL LOADER SPECS
Single, Double Stack
9.3 x 6.7 x 2 inches
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. (Caldwell also has an incredible shooting bag HERE if you’re interested.)
Speed…I am speed! The ETS or Elite Tactical System Cam Universal Speed Loader makes things go fast! It has the ability to cut your loading time down by half once you get the hang of it.
You never even have to touch the ammo itself. It will easily grab the ammo 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 in the bottom until it locks, and them push down the ammo into the magazine with a provided plunger.
ETS ELITE LOADER SPECS
Single, Double Stack
13.5 x 1.5 x 6.2 inches
It takes a little bit of strength to operate, but overall very simple. Again, this works with both single and double stack magazines. Because you never have to force the rounds through the feed lips, it doesn’t have any danger of getting damaged. It is made of sturdy polymer here in the USA. It is one of our favorites.
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 .
GLOCK LOADER SPECS
Single, Double Stack
1 x 1 x 2 in
The Glock magazine speed loader is compatible with the 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.
The most annoying thing when it comes to ANY firearm is the fact that eventually we have to reload it. Depending on the situation, if you don’t reload your weapon fast enough, you could die. Time is extremely valuable when it comes to weapons, high pressure, and real life situations.
WHEN IT ALL BEGAN
(The father of the speed loader is attributed to William H. Bell in 1879. No one really knows if he ever actually mass produced anything. But what we do know is that Bell made a basic metal disk that could lock in 6 revolver rounds without falling out. When someone got used to it, and also used it properly, with almost any revolver of the day it worked very well. Despite the fact he never got a huge business off the ground, he did manage to get a Patent, #223100 for W.H. Bell’s revolver speed loader)
There was another competitor that came on the scene about 14 years later in 1893. His name was William de Courcy Prideaux. He was loyal to Queen Victoria at the time and had his own name for his design. It was called a “cartridge-packet holder”.
Just like with William Bells design, it functioned very similarly. It had 12 steel graspers in 6 groupings, that would hold one .455 round for a British Webley revolver. Because of his connection with the Queen his device became way more popular than Bell’s, especially with the army officers of the day. Prideaux also got a patent for his design.
Prideaux’s design was eventually improved upon years later, and even made its way to WWI where it was highly used. This was interesting because, for a very long time as more weapons were developed, particularly the semi-automatic, this speed loader silently went underground.
A NEW ERA OF SPEED LOADERS
Despite near universal interest in the new semi-automatic handgun design by militaries around the world, one notable gun toting demographic clung to their wheelguns well into the late 1970s: American law-enforcement officers. For the most part of the 20th century, American police were issued revolvers and if they even carried reloads for them at all, they did so single cartridge belt-loops or in dump pouches.
(As the semi-automatic grew in popularity especially with the military the revolver was removed as the “go to” weapon of choice. However, the one arena that continued to utilize the revolver was the US Police force. The metal speed loaders of the day, better known as dump pouches, were not very effective so it created a huge need for a new type of speed loader. J.M Hunt took that challenge of creating a new speed loader and a new era began.
With so many revolvers and weapons being developed, the need for inexpensive, and dependable speed loaders was a must. So a company in 1968 named Dade, constructed a plastic prototype with the use of metal springs to keep tension on the ammo. This proved to be a breakthrough and once an individual was trained, they could reload in as little as four-seconds. Dade then became the Cadillac of speed loaders and every police officer around the country was getting trained and using them.
Speed up to today, there are so many speed loader options on the market it is very hard to choose what REALLY improves your “speed”! Regardless, the speed loader is an absolute for any and every shooter. With over 140 years under its belt, the speed loader proves to be an important piece for the gun owner and will continue to be reimagined as we move forward. Cheers!
HOW DOES IT 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.
Start with an empty gun magazine.
Place the magazine into the “slot” provided.
Insert a round of ammo into the space or gap designed for placement.
Push or squeeze so the ammo gets loaded into the magazine chamber.
5. Repeat until magazine is fully loaded.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT WHEN PURCHASING
There are 3 things to consider when making a purchase of a 9mm speed loader.
One, is make sure you have the correct speed loader for the correct magazine and caliber. Don’t 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 speed loader you might as well get something that will last and is built strong.
Lastly, pick what works for 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!