Second Fastest Way To Reload: Coupled Magazines


The fastest reload is when you don’t have to do one. That is why high capacity magazines or drum magazines are awesome. However what if you don’t have those types of magazines? How can you make your regular reloads faster? Economy of motion. Why waste time reaching for a spare magazine from a pouch either on your waist or on your chest? Coupled magazines are the way to go.

Coupling mags is easy. Some companies make couplers themselves. CZ-USA has couplers for their Scorpion Evo 3 magazines. They are inexpensive at under $13 for a pair and they work with the stock 20 rd magazines or the 30 rd magazines.




Magpul makes a mag coupler to join two PMAGs together.  It is a two piece design with two long metal screws and it clamps on the front and rear of the mag bodies.

pmag couple


There are also 3rd party mag couplers I coupled two 35 rd magazines for my M&P15-22 with a Mission First Tactical mag coupler. Which you can see below. 



Running coupled mags is faster than traditional single mag reloads. Yes there are some rather fast people out there who can reload in a blnk of an eye, but the simple physics of it all, reloading from a coupled mag will be faster is performed by the same person doing a traditional reload. You do not have to ove your hand as far to retrieve the next magazine.

For bullpup rifles, couped magazines can be an issue because you could have a spare magazine on the outside of the gun and it could interfere with your shooting arm. Here is a trick shown by an Israeil woman from Zahal about offsetting your coupled magazines and twisting them when reloading a Tavor. 

Nicholas Chen is a firearm aficionado. Growing up in California, He learned about firearms and hunted with his father growing up in Southern California. Once he moved out to Pennsylvania and then spent a few years in New York State, he learned to truly appreciate firearms and the second amendment. It was in New York State where he became a USPSA competitive shooter and learned about 3Gun. He is an avid fan of running and gunning. Nicholas is a fan of pretty much anything that shoots although the slicked-up race guns are what interests him the most. Having spent time with FFLs and other friends with NFA items he has begun his collection of NFA items and has learned that everything should be suppressed and full auto where possible and legal.