An UpLula Speed Loader is a must have for every shooter. What exactly is a speed loader? Great question!
A speed loader is a device used to reduce the time and effort needed to reload a firearm. While most old timers and many macho men at the range consider speed loaders unnecessary, I could not disagree more! Speed loaders are a Godsend, especially to us women! This ingenious product takes all of the stress and pain out of reloading semi auto magazines. Especially double stack magazines. No more thumb abuse!
Many of you are probably thinking, “What is she talking about? It’s not hard to reload my magazine. Or my revolver.” And you may be absolutely correct. Many pistols marketed for women, like the Smith & Wesson 380 EZ, come with follower buttons on the magazine. This makes it very easy to reload. And revolvers are even easier to reload. But what about when you move up to a 9mm with a 15 round double stacked magazine? Without follower buttons? Goodbye thumbs and hello words your momma would never want to hear coming out of your mouth.
Speed Loaders: Necessary Or Not?
Why on earth are speed loaders even necessary? Some manufacturers, like Glock, include speed loaders with the purchase of almost every one of their firearms. Why? I have no logical explanation for this. Magazines should not be so difficult to reload. But they are! Even my burly, masculine husband has trouble loading double stacked magazines quickly and efficiently. While this makes me feel a tidgy bit better, it is still very curious.
It is true that you can load any magazine by hand, no matter how difficult it is. But why should you? Speed loaders instantly make this arduous job fun and easy!
Speed Loaders: UpLula Is The Best
UpLula is the speed loader that will make you toss in the trash any speed loader you currently have. UpLula speed loaders are idiot proof, and provide a ramp that applies equal pressure not only on the follower but also on the cartridge at the same time. This allows for immediate “next round reloading.” In a mere few seconds, you can load a 15 round magazine effortlessly and painlessly.
UpLula speed loaders are made of military grade kydex, and load most magazines from 9mm to .45acp. They also accommodate most .380 double stack mags, but not all. For single stack mags you can buy an adaptor, or you can instead order the UpLula Mini Mag reloader.
The UpLula also works as an extractor…meaning it can unload magazines as quickly as it can load them. This is the second most fun way to empty a magazine, if you get my drift.
Speed Loaders: Cost
UpLula speed loaders cost about $30. I have seen them as low as $25 and as high as $38, depending on colors and locations across the US. The price seems to be the biggest turnoff for getting one, but I think $30 is a small price to pay for the value it provides. Also, when you consider how much money we pay for our guns and ammo, an UpLula is a pretty good additional investment to the whole package.
I’m not sure why some colors cost more than others, but I can tell you some of the ugliest colors are the easiest to find in your range bag. My husband is not into colors at all, so we have a black one. I have had to completely empty my range bag more than once just to find it. I am going to order myself another one in either yellow or orange to fix this problem! Why have one when you can have two?!
Speed Loaders: Cons
There is really only one con in regards to the UpLula. It is quite easy to unintentionally lock it. The first time this happened to me, I thought I had broken it. But someone else at the range came to my rescue and I felt like a complete idiot when he showed me the locking mechanism. Why this thing even has a locking mechanism is a mystery to me! It’s purpose is to reduce space in your range bag, but it only reduces space by a quarter of an inch! Other than this little hiccup, there are no cons to this product.
Speed Loaders: How To Use One
There is a slight learning curve to using this device, but once you get the hang of it you will be hooked. The biggest problems I see when showing new shooters how it works is that they are unsure of the direction it needs to go over the magazine. The website shows how to use it exactly opposite of how I do, but this way works for me. Hopefully the detailed instructions below will make this easy for you to understand.
First lets clarify the proper names for each of the items we will be referring to. See the image above. The first magazine is from a S&W 380 EZ, and has follower buttons on it. The follower buttons are the little black buttons by the number 2, and there are one on each side. The follower itself is the ramp onto which you load your rounds. On the first mag you can see that it is orange. Depressing the buttons compresses the spring in the magazine, which lowers the follower allowing for easy loading of the ammo. The second magazine is from my S&W 9mm. It has no follower buttons, and is very difficult to load ammo into. This magazine is the reason I got an UpLula.
The magazine only fits into the pistol one way, with the bullets facing forward. There is a small image of a cartridge facing forward on the UpLula as well. If you are right handed, pick up the UpLula with your left hand, making sure that cartridge image is also facing forward. Your fingers should be what is squeezing the product open and closed, and your thumb should be wrapped around the back staying stationary. Pick up your magazine with your right hand with the cartridges facing forward as well. I have left a few cartridges in my mag so you can see what I am talking about.
Next, place the magazine standing up on a table, and slide your UpLula over it, making sure the cartridges in the mag and the cartridge image on the UpLula are facing in the same direction.
Squeeze the UpLula closed, and press down on the cartridge ramp of the magazine. Keep it squeezed closed. You may have to hold the mag with your right hand while you do this.
Then slide the cartridge down the loading ramp and into the magazine. Unsqueeze, then lift the speed loader up just enough to clear it, squeeze again, push down again, and load another round. Keep on until the mag is full. You can load a 15 round mag in just a few seconds! Without struggling! It really is that easy.
Speed Loaders: Wrap Up
Although there are many speed loaders for pistols on the market, I only use UpLula. They are very popular, and with that comes a barrage of knock offs and counterfeits. Be sure you only order from reputable dealers. The knock offs to me are easy to spot, but may not be as easy for you to spot. The quality is what gives the fake away. Don’t be tempted to buy a knockoff either, you truly get what you pay for.
UpLula is a trademark of Maglula, an Israeli company that makes speed loaders for all types of firearms. So if this interests you, go check them out!
Also, don’t get hung up on using this device the same way that I choose to use it. I have had a few folks tell me that I am “doing it wrong.” Hold it with whichever hand you want to, squeeze it however you want to, and face it whichever direction you want to. I personally do not like bullets facing towards my body, ever. The video tutorial on the Maglula website makes me uncomfortable. But that’s just me! You be you! Happy shooting!