Cheeterz speed loaders are essentially stripper clips for pistol magazines that require manipulation and movement of the clip and cartridges rather than stripping. Those familiar with AR-15 stripper clips are the "spoon" that acts as a guide. All you do is push down on the cartridge stack. Cheeterz are intended to be shipped loaded with factory ammo in lieu of the standard 50 round tray that ammo is packed into now.-
They claim that they are faster to use than manual loading, but I doubt it. The movement looks like it has to be practiced. It looks like a remote control version of loading a magazine with your fingers. The fine motor skills required to precisely align the clip & cartridges, then basically perform the standard push down, stuff, and push back movement, but with the clip instead of fingers, is going to be problematic.
My mom easily grasped the concept of loading a pistol magazine when I showed it to her. What was troublesome was the spring pressure when several cartridges were loaded. She has no problem using an Uplula loader at all though.
I don't see this as being successful because the loading movements are so finicky. It's a tough, delicate movement to anyone with hand strength or dexterity issues. With this device, there is no feedback from the fingers and the whole thing has to be accomplished visually with one hand that is not only holding and steadying the clip, but is trying to make detailed movements.
I think the idea of replacing ammo trays with a quick loader is a good idea, but the execution is wanting here. A disposable plastic stripper clip right out of the box would be nice, but it has to be easy to use like an actual stripper clip.
Clayton E. Cramer
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