Stripper Clips???


May 20, 2003, 08:09 AM
Could someone explain stripper clips to me. Maybe I have it wrong but I gather they are used to load your magazine. Is the magazine on the gun or off? What happens to the "thing" that hlds the bullets together? Thanks Tim

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May 20, 2003, 09:22 AM
Here is ( a site with pictures of loading via stripper clips. Essentially it's just a way to load the magazine quickly while it's attached to the rifle. They're also a useful way to keep the rounds together in a pocket or ammo pouch.
The clip is simply dropped (in the case of a soldier) or carefully placed on the bench or back in the pocket (by someone like me who has to pay for them.)

They're quite useful - I've used them on my SKS, Enfield and MN 91/30 - and convenient.

May 20, 2003, 09:26 AM
I use stripper clips to load .556 ammo for my AR-15. I have about 5 dozen of them I purchased on and Ebay. Each stripper clip holds 10 rds and have little bendable tabs on each end to secure the rounds for transporting but bend out straight to allow rounds to be pushed out. On AR mags you must use a spoon that slids onto the mag. The mag must be out of the gun.
The spoon guides the stripper clip into the mag top, and you just push on the top round and push all 10 rds into the mag at once.
I can load a 30 rd mag in about 15 seconds. The stripper clips are reusable untill the tabs break off, but the spoon or guide lasts forever. Both stripper clips and spoon are cheap and are the fastest way to load a lot of mags at once. I keep about 500 rds on clips all the time, and load around 10 mags before I go to the range so don't use valuable range time loading mags.


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Mike Irwin
May 20, 2003, 11:56 AM
Interestingly, the magazine can either be in or out of the gun when you load with strippers.

Strippers for Mauser and Enfield style rifles as well as the SKS with fixed magazines were inserted into grooves milled in the receiver.

The US M 14 and M16 rifles have small "keys" that can be fitted onto a detached magazine. The stripper is then fitted into the key, and the round stripped into the magazine.

May 20, 2003, 12:11 PM
And SKS stripper clips are a great way to carry .38Spl./.357Mag. ammo in your pocket...:D

May 21, 2003, 09:19 AM

May 21, 2003, 11:45 AM
Strippers for Mauser and Enfield style rifles as well as the SKS with fixed magazines were inserted into grooves milled in the receiver.
Boy I wish the commerical rifle makes would add the stripper cut to bolt gun recievers. I know its not really practical, but its sure nice to have it, especially on certain rifles. Then again, I miss kick starters on motorcycles. Next thing you know, my 1911 will be obsolete. :(

May 21, 2003, 11:51 AM
Oddly enough, most professionally sporterized Mausers and other military rifles have had the stripper clip guides removed. It always seemed bizarre to me. They are extremely handy at the range or in the field, and make it much easier to both carry the ammo and recharge the magazine.

May 22, 2003, 03:37 AM
One thing I have found in my limited experience with stripper clips is this. I purchased a bunch of 7.62x39 stripper clips for my SKS. Well, for all three of them. They worked ok, took a little bit to get used to. I then found some 7.62x54R clips to use in my 91/30. They do not fit the receiver and will not feed the magazine. So it has been my experience that the stripper clip must match the gun and not just the cartirdge. Or maybe I got some dud stripper clips, or they were the wrong cailber.


May 22, 2003, 03:47 AM
I use stripper clips to load my FAL magazines. Of course, you have to go through ahead of time and put the loose rounds on the strippers, but it's worth it to not have to hand-thumb a hundred rounds into mags.

I wish they'd make a sporter bolt gun with some of the nicer featuers of old military rifles. Stripper guides, apreture sights (or at least, crisp, clean tangent sights instead of crude buckhorns), etc.

Hmm. I think I'll have to up and buy that Enfield one of these days. :D

Jim K
May 22, 2003, 09:03 PM
The U.S. M14 is the only rifle I know whose detachable magazine can be loaded with "stripper clips" on or off the gun. The AR-15/M16, M1 carbine, BAR, and some other magazines can be loaded using stripper clips, but only when detached from the gun.

The British SMLE and No. 4 rifles, and the German G.43 are among rifles with detachable magazines but which never had the capability of being loaded with clips when off the rifle.


May 23, 2003, 05:15 AM
Some FAL's fitted with a different top cover had that capability.

May 23, 2003, 09:22 AM
I can load 5 from a stripper clip in my Mosin-Nagant M-44 as fast as I can load 2 "by hand"

May 23, 2003, 03:24 PM
Those 91/30 stripper clips are very hard to use. I think it's the only major design defect with the Mosins. For rimmed cartridges, you really need en banc clips to make them work right. That way the cartridges can be kept in line and you won't have jams from overlapping rims. The old M-95 Austro-Hungarian straight pull uses these for a big rimmed cartridge similar to the 7.62x54R, and they work very well.

May 23, 2003, 04:08 PM
If you are haveing trouble with stripper clips in the SMLE 303, or the MN 7.62X54 may be you have the wrong stripper. You may be trying to use the stripper for the other rimmed cartridge.

Also, I have found that the M14 strippers work well in the Ishopur 2A1 rifles.

Good Luck

Jim K
May 24, 2003, 12:00 AM
The 2A is actually made for the FAL clip, since the FAL is the Indian Army service rifle. The 2A was made for police and para-military units who supposedly did not need the capability of an FAL.


May 24, 2003, 12:44 AM
Hi, Tim. As you've seen, some rifles can be loaded with stripper clips with the mag in, some can't. Basically, they were a way of loading a rifle, usually a bolt action and usually with 5 rounds, quickly. The Lee-Enfields, for example, were never issued with more than one mag and ammo was issued in 5 round stripper clips. 2 would fill the mag when empty. The 1903 Springfield and all Mauser were also loaded with them.
In the olden days, when the CF had FN's, our mags could be loaded with them too. Either on the rifle or with a stamped attachment, off the rifle. We could load loose ammo into mags with the same attachment. It sat over the top of the mag, you filled it with 5 loose rounds and pushed them in. Or if the ammo you were issued was on clips, you could put it into the attachment and push the ammo in. Ammo was issued to combat troops in sealed rubber bandoleirs in clips that you could use either way depending on how much time you had. I don't know what is used now, but I'd be surprised if it's much different.
Stripper clips are a handy way to carry any round that'll fit them. IE. .243 fits on .308 clips. Same case head. Easier than fumbling with loose ammo and it makes less noise.

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