I recently had the chance to use a prototype of one of the newest, coolest speedloaders coming to the airsoft market. The M12 Sidewinder by Odin Innovations has been featured at SHOT SHOW 2015 and IWA in Europe. This is the fastest, compact speedloader I’ve seen. In the video below and in this post, I’ll run you through the features of the M12 and how it is operated, as well as give some of my thoughts on this prototype.
(Note: Since this is a prototype, some features are subject to change.)
Capacity: 1600 BBs
Loading System: Crank Handle
Design Features: Fits in a double stack M4 pouch for easy storage on the field, loads mags in approximately 5-7 seconds, and the mags lock into speedloader.
The Odin Innovations M12 is an amazing piece of airsoft gear. It has all the features you need in a fast and functional speedloader. As you can tell in the video, it does its job in style. I was amazed at how intuitive it was to use and that 120 round mags could be loaded in under 6 seconds!!!
While doing some research for this review, I found other reviews and product demonstration videos. A lot of the comments on the videos mentioned that the suggested pricing ($60-$80) was too high. After all, they argued, who would pay almost double the price of the current high-end speedloaders for a new and unproven product?
Although I am inclined to agree with them, I have to mention several features that negate some of the arguments. It solves most of the problems that traditional speedloaders have (namely speed, effort, and time consumption). It even solves the issue of transportation on the field while still having a massive BB capacity. With the function and efficiency it brings to the table, I feel certain it will earn its place as an elite airsoft product.
On the other hand, I still believe that a good price point would be approximately $50 if this allowed the product to be profitable for Odin Innovations. At $50, the M12 can reach the current market and be introduced to airsofters. If they can capture the high end speedloader market, there shouldn’t be any competition.
Most of the design suggestions I make in the video are to improve the overall durability of the product. Although this may result in the price needing to be raised, I think that a longer lasting, highly efficient piece of gear is worth much more than the mediocre, cheaper alternative.
That said, I enjoyed using this awesome product! I look forward to trying out the final product when it is released. Stay tuned for updates about the M12 on AirsoftWarrior.net and our Facebook page. Don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts on the M12, as well as what you would like to see in the final product!