Is the Podavach universal speed loader the best magazine loader on the market today? The answer of course is a resounding “Yes!”, and for very god reason. Anyone can make a modern sporting rifle magazine rifle for one platform, but it takes a special kind of ingenuity to make one for the most popular magazines on the market today.
Born out of the fight for Ukrainian freedom and sovereignty, the Podavach offers a fast mag loader for multiple military and commercial magazines such as were found in both the Ukrainian arsenal, and the collections of private citizens around the world. With that in mind, what is probably the best AR-15 speed loader was created to answer a real military, as well as commercial need.
We’ve all seen 5.56 speed loaders, but Podavach takes the concept to a next level of engineering. Using sustainable and attractive wooden laminate instead of cheap plastic, the Podavach AR15 magazine loader is the only speed loader to regularly be used in combat conditions by infantry troops and armorers alike.
The heart of this fast mag loader is the highly stabilized wooden frame, which features an engineered cutout that precisely places any AR-15, M16 or STANAG magazine for fast loading from the magnetically supported pusher. Precisely marked positions on the Podavach ammo tray show how many rounds are present to be loaded in your AR-15, and are marked in 10, 20 and 30 round intervals.
But what makes this the best AR-15 magazine loader for the range? Let’s take a little closer look. We’ve already been introduced to the Baltic Birch body, but did you know it comes in a variety of waterproof finishes, ranging from a tasteful camouflage to an attractive natural finish? In a world awash with garish “tactical” products that try to overcompensate for not actually being military grade, the Podvach stands alone in the kind of practical finish that only a real military grade product can offer.
The Podavach weighs less than a fully loaded rifle magazine, making it easy to put in your range bag and carry out to the range. Stabilizing feet make it easy to use on a bench, or from any improvised shooting position. An optional leather carrying case is also available, which protects your investment from aesthetic damage, and looks really cool at the range.
Along with all natural material construction, the ability to load AK-47, AK-74, Mini-14, and Steyr AUG PMAG magazines enhances the Podavach’s utility as the ultimate magazine loading tool. The built in ammo storage tray allows you to dump more than 20 or 30 rounds and still keep loading your mags, so you spend less time making sure you have enough rounds in the tray, and more time loading magazines. Since ammo boxes rarely combine to neatly load a standard magazine, this added utility is an advantage to frontline troops, and a handy convenience for civilian shooters.
Back to loading AR-15 magazines at the range, now that we’ve seen the many clever features built into the Podavach 223 speed loader, let’s look at what really makes it stand out for the AR-15 owner at the range.
We’ve talked a lot about .223 and 5.56 ammo. After all it is the most common AR-15 round, but it isn’t the only one, and the Podavach can also handle .300 Blackout, 7.62x39mm, 6.5 Grendel, .204 Ruger, .224 Valkyrie, and even .25-45 Sharps. Because AR-15 owners are increasingly owning multiple uppers in various calibers, having one, truly universal magazine loader is increasingly important. In fact, now that AR-15 style rifles that accept AK-47 magazines are becoming more popular, the ability to load AK-47 and AR-15 mags in the same loader is a powerful advantage.
Now you might be asking “This is all great, but is the Podavach a fast mag loader?” Consider the following; to load a thirty round magazine can take around 30-50 seconds depending on how fast you are, or how strong the springs are in the magazine. Podavach can load a mag in just fifteen seconds, saving you time, and wear and tear on your thumb.
A lot of time, folks load up a handful of mags, take them to the range and call it a day after shooting what they had loaded, simply because it is an irritation to then sit there and reload several hundred rounds by hand. Traditional clumsy mag loaders, or stripper clip arrangements aren’t much of an improvement, and other speed loaders only handle one kind of magazine. But with the Podavach you can quickly reload and spend less time mangling your thumb, and more time shooting. All this combines to make the Podavach not only the best AR-15 speed loader for the range, but the best magazine speed loader of all time. If it’s good enough for the Ukrainian armed forces, isn’t it good enough for you?