View Full Version : How many magazines does it take to make your thumbs sore?

01-08-2007, 8:43 PM
Am I the only one that has sore thumbs after loading just a couple of mags? Some of my guns aren't that hard to load (hell the SKS is even fun!), but others seem to require a significant amount of force to load to a full capacity (.45 HK comes to mind...)
Are there any magloaders that are good out there? Worth the money? Or should I just hit the gym and give my fingers a good workout?

01-08-2007, 8:53 PM
If I don't slip and cut my finger on the mag lip loading that last round into my XD45 or Sigma 9 its usually around ten or so mags...but im a mechanic so I have some pretty thick skin.

01-08-2007, 8:57 PM
I didn't load my .45 HK by hand. I got some kind of speedloader for it from TM West.

I can load 1911 or 10 round AR-15 mags all day.

01-08-2007, 8:59 PM
+17, 25 and 30 for thumbsaving mag speed loaders.:D

01-08-2007, 9:01 PM

My C MAG has a loader that I use with just about every other .223 magazine I own.

01-09-2007, 7:47 AM
I think I am going to have to invest in a speed loader. Thanks for the advice.

01-09-2007, 8:40 AM
1911 mags i can load all day and i can load alot of 10/22 mags before my thumb gets sore, but what use to kill me before i got this $2 loading tool was mags for my 22/45, a couple of those and my thumb and first finger on my left hand would be killing me from holding down that little button.:mad:

01-09-2007, 8:54 AM
I use a HKS Speedloader for my 92F and my buddy uses one for his HK USP. They sure do make it easier on the fingers. I highly recommend them. Itís a small investment, especially considering how much it stings when you are cleaning your guns later that day and accidentally get Kroil in your wound. OUCH!

01-09-2007, 6:14 PM
I went for 35, ten rounders on a 9mm the other day. I stopped shooting when my thumb got sore.

01-09-2007, 6:31 PM
I've got HKS speedloaders for all of my pistols and they are the BEST. Seriously though, no sore thumbs, no struggling with rounds and FAST!

01-09-2007, 6:33 PM
I tend not to get sore thumbs, but I did when I first started out.

Then again, I use the thumb of the hand that holds the mag to slightly depress the follower, so I'm not having to do the whole thing with just one thumb either.

M. Sage
01-09-2007, 6:36 PM
Or should I just hit the gym and give my fingers a good workout?

I'd guess finger workout + callouses. I've never loaded mags and had sore/tired hands or thumbs before I ran out of ammo...

I'm a mechanic, though, so... tough hands.

01-09-2007, 7:53 PM
I um, use RIMZ Moon clips in my 610. No need for tools or pliers or anything. I think I've loaded all 30 moons one time and was not sore afterwards. 180 rounds is good for practice or a match.


01-09-2007, 7:55 PM
Wilson Combat 1911 mags are the easiest on the thumbs. My 2 cents.

01-09-2007, 8:14 PM
Ah yes, HKS. That's the speedloader that I had for my .45 USP.

You have to get the biggest one they sell, if I remember. USP mags in .45 are slightly smaller than school busses, and only the huge adjustable loader fit.

01-09-2007, 9:44 PM
HKS speedloaders for my hicap Glock and Para mags. Wilson combat mags, even the 10 rounders aren't a problem. Mag loader from Marvel for my Colt .22 rimfire mags. Seems to help with functioning when .22 rounds are loaded without pressure on the rounds from the mag spring.

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01-13-2007, 11:25 AM
"USP mags in .45 are slightly smaller than school busses"

Now, that is funny! I can say the same for Glock 45 mags.:D


NorCal MedTac
01-13-2007, 11:32 AM
glock mags are pretty bad usually one mag then my thumb gets sore.1911 mags are the best

It is just me or is the mag loading tool thingy they put in the box for glocks just a joke. I can't seem to figure out how its supposed to help me. I never get sore loading my 1911 mags either. Too bad that just keeps me shooting for way too long each time. I also like the assist on the side of the P22 my fiance shoots. Makes it so you just drop the rounds in there not like loading 22s are ever difficult to begin with.

01-13-2007, 4:36 PM
I usually hurt my thumb trying to get the 21st round into my M14 mags.

01-13-2007, 5:25 PM
About 4 with my HiPower. Trying to get the tenth in. Alot more with my 1911's since they are single stack.

01-17-2007, 1:25 PM
Don't hurt till the bone shows

01-22-2007, 11:44 PM
try buying more mags, so you can have it preloaded