How to load an AR15/M16 magazine using Stripper Clips

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This instructable will demonstrate how to load an AR15/M16 magazine using the GI issued (formerly GI issued) stripper clips and the filler/guide tool.

I used a 20 round magazine because its easier to take pictures of with everything attached to it, but the process is the same for 30 round magazines.

I can't stress enough firearm safety, and because of that you will notice there are no firearms present in any of my photos. If you play with firearms or ammunition your playing with your life.
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Step 1: What your going to need

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Gather everything you going to need for the reload. Most of these stripper clip kits come with a GI issue style bandolier to keep everything in, but below are all of the major components your going to need to load your magazine using the stripper clip.

Step 2: Load the clips

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Take your ammunition out of the box and load 10 rounds into the stripper clip by gently bending down the brass tab on the end of the clip.

Using the groove on the cartridge as a guide slide all 10 rounds down into the clip.

Step 3: Prepare to load the magazine

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Attach the stripper loading tool (sometimes called loading guide) along the "spine" of the empty magazine.... it would be pointless to load a loaded magazine =)

Take your first loaded stripper clip and slide it into the loading tool already attached to the magazine.

Step 4: Load you magazine.

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Place you hand around the magazine and (as shown) use your thumb to push the rounds into the magazine.

Once your last round is inside of the magazine remove the clip. Repeat the process until your magazine is full then remove the tool and your ready to go!

Proper technique may take a magazine or two in order to master, but with a little patience and a little practice you can get really quick at doing this.

My first instructable, so be kind!
Cerberus6 years ago
Great first! In the USMC we called those loaders "spoons"... Here is an extra tip: tie (dummy cord) your "loader/spoon" to your assualt vest or tac-rig so that you will never lose it, but leave enough slack to do the job. If you ever find yourself actually needing to load mags to keep you and yours safe, this is a piece of gear you DONT want to lose...
Good job on your first how to. Very good photos and all.
I'm pretty well versed in AR's but I've never heard of this. Good job. Thanks