ETS CAM Rifle Magazine Loader (Review)

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Loading mags is a necessary evil and is rarely a fun task. If you are a high volume shooter you know you spend a lot of time loading something you are going to unload in very short order. The ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader is here to help you load rifle magazines quick, fast, and in a hurry. ETS produces magazines, as well as magazine loaders for pistols as well as this rifle magazine loader. The CAM loaders are designed to cut down on the effort and time necessary to load magazines.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader 2 piece

The CAM Loader is a Simple Two Piece Design

Magazine Compatibility

What sold me on the ETS CAM rifle magazine loader is the fact it is compatible with a wide variety of different guns. The mag loader’s packaging proclaims that it works with ARs, AKs, Scorpions, MP5s, the Uzi, and the SCAR. This is not a definite list of magazine sit is capable of, and I’ve found it to be compatible with Colt SMG magazines. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with FN FAL, G3, or an MPX,.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader

Combined and Ready

The Design

The CAM loader is a two-piece design. It’s super simple, and it doesn’t require much in the way of thinking power.

The idea is simple, the ETS CAM rifle loader picks the rounds directly out of the boxes and then aligns itself on the loader. The main portion of the loader features a long stick like portion that sports two channels. The bottom, smaller channel is designed for smaller rounds like 5.56 and 9mm. The larger channel is for 308, 7.63 x 39, etc.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader loading rounds

Slide em over and pick it up

Most companies package their ammo with the primer and rim facing upwards and the projectile downwards. With this loader, you align the proper channel with the rim of the round and slide it down the row of rounds and lift upwards. It grabs the rounds and you can then move on to the next row of ammunition.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader rounds

Just Pick em up

Then position the loader over the magazine and place the handle over the top of the loader and push downwards. Bam, your magazine is 10 rounds fuller.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader demonstrating function

Line it up, place over the magazine, and position the plunger

It honestly tickled me when I first loaded a CZ Scorpion mag. The design is so simple. It allowed me to load a half-dozen magazines in just a few minutes. It took longer to open the boxes of ammo than it did to load the magazines. You can of course just drop loose ammo in the channels and load that way.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader demonstrated loaded

Push the Plunger Down and Your Mags Loaded

With brass ammo, it loads smooth and easy. With steel ammo, I ran into some issues with the rounds moving smoothly. I quickly learned you are actually supposed to lubricate the channel the rounds are in. Just a little gun oil and the ammo slid smoothly after that.

Testing the ETS CAM Rifle Magazine Loader.

Let’s see just how much faster it is to use the ETS CAM rifle magazine loader versus just loading magazines by hand. I grabbed two CZ magazines, 60 rounds of ammo, and timed loading one mag by hand and one with the loader.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader loading magazine

All In One Pretty Little Line

Handloading Time – 1 Minute 29 seconds

ETS CAM Loader Time – 39 seconds.

Using the loaded is almost a minute faster than handloading a magazine. It’s quite the stark difference. Using the loader is easy, but you need to ensure you don’t tip it forward before the plunger is installed. This will cause rounds to slide off the loader and create some chaos.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader loading magazine

The CAMs simple design is a major strength

Additionally, hold the magazine tight when loading because it does not lock into the loader in any way. You can load more than ten on the loader, but I don’t advise it. It’s harder to push the round downwards and it tends to bind.

Durability wise, the CAM loader seems to be an item that is placed under very little stress and I doubt it will break anytime soon. It’s very simple with no moving parts, springs, or latches. Simplicity and durability often go hand in hand.

ETS CAM Rifle magazine loader with ammuntion

All Shiny and lined Up

My AR, AK, and Scorpion magazines are easy to load to capacity, Colt SMG mags are a pain in the ass. The metal feed lips and ultra strong springs make them hard to load to full capacity. The ETS CAM loader made loading these mags much easier. They offered slightly more resistance but were still much easier to load with the ETS loader.

Load Up

Overall I love this thing. It’s easy to use, works for all of my rifles outside of those that take Glock mags, and it’s cheap. I wish ETS included some kind of lanyard to attach the plunger to the base of the loader. I have a bad feeling I’m bound to lose the plunger in a rang bag one day. I’m likely going to find a way to connect the two with Paracord to avoid this. It’s a great tool, and for the price, it’s a game changer.

  • Howard

    Great tools IF your ammo comes set in boxes Bottoms Up, but if not, they are of dubious value, frankly.
    No sense in trying to stack rounds projo downward if not in a snug package since you don’t want to have to wiggle and wobble cases just to feed them onto the “stick.” It is time consuming and actually pointless.
    And it is silly to take loose ammo, place them on the stick THEN use the tool. Just load them one at a time like you did in The Before.
    I have a pistol version (9mm/40 cal) and it works well enough, aka bit stiff since new.
    The biggest issue is getting the rounds rim to easily slide and occupy the loading stick without being a PITA.
    But after that, they can stuff mags pretty quickly.
    Now I need to buy a version for my AR’s and M1A.
    Overall this far I’m happy.

    • David Higginbotham

      I’ve never used a loader for an M1A. Maybe I’m not shooting it enough? Just curious… what’s the point at which you consider the round count low enough to load by hand?

  • Donald St Onge

    I agree Howard, I prefer the Caldwell mag charger to be honest. It loads faster and you can drop 50 rounds I to it from a box facing up they drop right into the charger. You would still have to load charger one by one if you buy in bulk as I do. But I always transfer bulk into boxes, but the mag charger loads faster.

    • David Higginbotham

      How well has the Caldwell stood up to regular use?

    • imachinegunstuff

      The Caldwell is really nice, but its also nearly double the price so it should be pretty nice.

  • Bhum Brahmavira

    It’s like StripLula for un-clipped ammo