Beginner’s Guide: Load Your Pistol Mag

Julie Golob shows the easiest and most efficient ways to put ammo into your semi-auto handgun magazine—so you can get to shooting sweet right away.

It may seem pretty basic, but to brand new shooters, especially those with small or weaker hands dealing with new, higher capacity magazines with fresh springs in them, it can be a frustrating chore that can even make extended range sessions uncomfortable. There’s a definite method to loading single and double-stack magazines that differs from loading say an AR magazine, plus there are devices that make the whole process a lot easier and less rough on the thumbs. In this installment of Shoot Sweet, Julie Golob shows you exactly how to load up.