Every year, Shooting Illustratedstaff members gather to review the firearms, optics, gear and ammunition launched in the past year. Out of this group, they choose the best of each category, which become the recipients of the next year's Golden Bullseye awards. For 2020, SI staffers chose theButler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loaderas the Accessory of the Year. Here's what SI Managing Editor Jay Grazio had to say about the magazine loader:
We tested polymer magazines from Magpul, Mission First Tactical and Lancer, and metal magazines from Brownells, SureFeed Magazines and some generic mil-surp magazines of indeterminate origin (translated: old and beat up). One unfortunate note, though. Because of the design of the Magpul D-60, it won’t work with the ASAP loader—the tension of the magazine spring is too high. Other than the D-60, though, all magazines were loaded just fine. Setting the ASAP to only load 10 rounds into a 30-round magazine worked just fine, too, in case anyone was wondering.
Yes, MSRP is $349.99, which is a pretty steep price to avoid sore fingers, there’s no getting around that. For high-volume shooting, though, it’s a massive time- and energy-saver. For a 3-gun shooter, having the ability to quickly load magazines ahead of a match frees up time for practice. For the owner of a range, it means having loaded magazines at the ready without taking up employee time. It’s also the kind of item, as we indicated, that’s a perfect gift for the enthusiast in your life.
Bottom line is, it works as advertised and is just a super-cool piece of gear. If you’re a high-volume shooter or just really like cool tech, the Butler Creek ASAP Electronic magazine loader is worth looking into. Now, to the engineers at Butler Creek: Might I suggest you work on an ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader for Glock 9 mm magazines next?
For the full review of the Butler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader,click here.
To qualify for consideration for a Golden Bullseye Award, the product must have been recently introduced and available to consumers prior to the selection of the Golden Bullseye Awards. Each potential product has to have been used/tested by a staff member or regular contributor to the magazine and/or affiliated media. In that testing, the product must be reliable in the field, meeting or exceeding the evaluator’s expectations. It must be innovative in design and function, readily perceived as a value to the purchaser and styled in a manner befitting the shooting and hunting industry and, perhaps more importantly, its enthusiasts.