I believe my answer instead was “Um, slowly”.
I guess that was the right answer, because he said he had something to help with that, and to expect a package in a few weeks. Well, a few weeks passed, and what showed up from the Brown Truck of Happiness but a cardboard box with my name on it from Brownells. (And seriously – if the job they did packing that box is indicative of the care their shipping department takes, I’m seriously impressed. The packing tape was even folded with hospital corners. Serious attention to detail, here.)
I opened the box to find something called an UpLULA™ . The small print said “Universal pistol mag. loader & unloader”. There was one sized for 9mm to .45ACP and the other was a BabyUpLULA for .22LR to .380ACP. Tonight the R. family put them to the test -- a middle-aged n00b mom, a dad with a broken hand, and a five-year-old girl. Hint: Dad had the hardest time as you really need two hands for these, but he managed handily (hardy-har-har) even with one hand in a splint.
You position the UpLULA™ over the feed lips of the magazine with the magazine resting on a table, or something, squeeze the two sides the UpLULA™ together, push down, slide in the round, and release the sides of the UpLULA™ so that the follower pushes it back up. Lather, rinse, repeat. Sweet Daughter loaded my XD mag (9mm double-stack) with 8 of the 16 rounds before she needed help, but those springs are still pretty tight. She then loaded 10 rounds of 8mm PA stage prop ammo into its magazine (it’s the only small caliber gun in the house), needing help only with directions: Squeeze, push down, load round, release. Shorter Half had no problems other than manipulating the rounds with his gimpy hand.
And the unloading feature? None of the three of us had any problem other than keeping track of where the rounds ended up, because it unloads FAST.
They seem to run somewhere around $25 - $30, and I sure wish I’d had one when I first got my pistol. Just the thought of loading those new magazines and pinching my thumb was enough to keep me from the range. With an UpLULA™ it wouldn’t have been an issue.
The three of us would recommend these if any of the following apply:
- New magazines with tight springs (far superior to the loader than came with my pistol)
- You have weak, damaged, arthritic, and/or digit-deficient hands.
- You like gadgets.
- You must have everything that is tacti-cool. Hey, it’s black, plastic and steel.
- You really like your manicure.
- You have to load lots of magazines in a hurry because the Zombies are headed your way.
- You’re 5 years old and really want to help defeat the Zombies but you’re not old enough to shoot unsupervised yet.
- You don’t want a callous on your loading/unloading thumb.
- You’re a n00b and need graphics to tell you which way the round goes in.
*Obligatory FTC Disclaimer. Yes. Brownells sent these to me for free so I’d review them. There’s precious little I’m qualified to review as far and gun stuff goes, and these are one of those items. I like them. If I thought they sucked out loud, I’d say so. But they don’t. Go tell the BATFEIEIO to go buy a bunch.