On Tactical Tool Tuesday I will share with you a tool aimed at improving your life as a Woman Who Shoots. I’ll always give you my honest opinion, regardless of how I obtain the item. If you know of something you’d like me to review or discuss, please drop me a line or leave a comment below.
I spend a decent amount of time at the range for both practice and competition – as a result, I use a lot of ammo. This means I spend awhile loading and I am not practicing while loading magazines.
I also have smaller hands and loading without some assistance isn’t the most fun for me. So, some time ago, my husband and I went looking for the best tool to make reloading magazines fast, painless, and easy. It didn’t take long. The first store we visited told us we needed the UpLULA.
Before I go any further, let me address what some of you might be thinking. I know most pistols come with some kind of “speed loader.” I put those words in quotes because they are usually only somewhat speedier than asking my poodles to load…and they don’t have thumbs. Ok maybe not. (Also, I do not advocate asking your pets to load magazines.) The sentiment remains; however, what comes with your firearm is not always the most effective or best tool for the job.
At the recommendation of the salesperson at one of our local gun stores, Mr. SiL and I picked up a black UpLULA one afternoon after he had to finish loading each and every mag I tried (they were tight and it was freezing…not my finest moment). I tried the little tool out as soon as we got home, and I was immediately impressed. The UpLULA works better than any other speed loader I have ever tried. It is compact enough to fit in any range bag (or even your pocket) and shaves minute upon minute off your reload time. This gives you more time to practice or, in my case, spend more time with friends during Steel Challenge competitions.
Made by Maglula, a company that specializes in tools to help you load magazines of all kinds, this little tool is the fastest and most effective way to load your 9mm, .357 Sig, 10mm, .40, and .45ACP magazines (single and double stack). The tools will also load most .380ACP single and double stack magazines as well. It’s a versatile tool as well as functional. One of these goes a long way for taking up so much space in your kit.
It’s also important to note this comes in multiple colors. A few weeks after purchasing the black one, I insisted on buying a pink one at another shop. It also comes in yellow, orange, green, brown, and purple (and I’m sure there are other colors floating around out there too). So you can pick whichever one suits your personal taste. Or buy several! At a price point between $29.99 and $34.99, this tool isn’t dirt cheap but it is worth every penny.
It’s not complicated to use but I’ve put together a little video for you showing off my trusty pink UpLULA. What do YOU think of the UpLULA?
Maglula currently has a note on their site stating they have had issues with counterfeit UpLULA’s selling on Amazon. They warn to only use through their licensed dealers and to pay close attention when purchasing in person from Gun Shows. Apparently the fakes are very convincing. Just a heads up. We’ll talk more about counterfeits later but they are quickly becoming a huge problem in many industries. Be vigilant out there when purchasing.