Survival Gear Review: Lula Magazine Loader

Every once in a while I come across a product that down right surprises me.  It has been a while since that has happened but the wait is over.  I was recently introduced to a Lula Magazine Loader much to my delight. 

A few months back we were on a live fire exercise that involved a mix of AR-15’s, M1A’s, 12 Gauge Shotguns, AK-47’s, and Doomsday Preppers Apocalypse 101enough tannerite to blow up a small house.  A friend of SurvivalCache, Andy Bell who owns OD Green Supply in Arvada, Colorado provided us with lots of ammo and an assortment of fun stuff to shoot including Tactical Bleeding Zombie Targets.  While getting ready to shoot, Andy introduced us to the Lula Magazine Loader.  My first thought was “Where has this been all of my life?” of course my next thought was “Why didn’t I think of this?”  After using the Lula to load several magazines, I was hooked.  Then I decided that I had to test it to make sure that it was worth the $25.00 Andy was trying to pull out of my pocket to buy one.

Lula Magazine Loader Review

A Great Tool

I loaded a Magpul PMAG with the Lula and fumbled with it the first time while learning the muscle memory on how it Doomsday Preppers Apocalypse 101worked.  I then turn the magazine over and used the Lula to unload the whole magazine which took all of about 5 seconds.  Then I reloaded the magazine again with the Lula, now I was really hooked.

Once I figured out how to position my hands on the Lula and the Magazine I became proficient very quickly.  The Lula would load the magazine as fast as my hands could operate it.  I was quite impressed with this tool.  I then took a Tapco 7.62 x 39mm mag and used the Lula designed for AK-47 and Galil mags.  I had the same experience, it worked great and I was impressed with the speed loading ability.

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Field Test

I then ran a quick test with the PMAG (5.56mm) to be sure this magazine loader was worth the money.  First, I loaded the PMAG by hand with speed on my mind.  It took about 50 seconds and my thumb was feeling it.  I then loaded the same magazine using the Lula.  It took only 32 seconds and I think I could do it even faster with more practice.

Constructed of glass-reinforced polymer, the Lula feels sturdy yet very lightweight.  The lever on the Lula presses down Doomsday Preppersinto the body of the magazine loader for easy carry in your pocket.  The ability to load magazines very quickly is an advantage both at the shooting range under normal conditions or in SHTF conditions.  We strongly recommend that you pick up this accessory up for your kit.

MagLula currently makes the Lula loader for AK47/Galil, AR15, Colt SMG, UZI, Jimmy C Apocalypse 101M1A, MP5, and FN FAL.  Coming soon the Lula’s will also be available in .308 AR15/DPMS, .308 AR-10, .308 FN SCAR, and .308 HK G3


  • Both Loads AND Unloads
  • 35sec loading 30 rd.
  • 5sec unloading 30 rd.
  • Safe on fingers and magazine
  • Absolutely no sore thumb!
  • Pocket size
  • Durable best quality glass-reinforced polymer
  • Weights approx. 38grams (1.3ounce)
  • Chemicals resistant
  • Great comfort when several magazines need to be cleaned (unloaded and reloaded)
  • Needs no dexterity or training to use
  • Needs no maintenance
  • Usable also in zero light environment
  • Usable with gloves in freezing weather

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Jimmy C
Written by Jimmy C

Jimmy C was an infantry Marine in the USMC and USMCR for 6 years. Jim began a life learning about and working towards self-sufficiency using old-world practices. Jim has stockpiled years of food, water, ammunition, and is developing a survival network in his community in order to ensure the survival of his family. Read his full interview here. Read more of Jimmy's articles.

17 thoughts on “Survival Gear Review: Lula Magazine Loader”

  1. I'll be interested when they're available for the G-3/HK-91. 🙂 Other than that, the ability to load lots of magazines quickly and easily should be of obvious value to anybody.

  2. To bad I use an M1 Garand and an SKS with the issue ten round fixed magazine. Such a tool could be very useful. I remember wearing my thumbs out loading magazines for the M16A1s and M16A2s I've loaded during my time in the Guard.

  3. I have a BabyUpLULA™ for my Plinkster, and I highly recommend it. Before I bought it, I was hard-pressed to put more than a New York load in my Plinkster's 10-round magazines. Now I can fill them to capacity in a fraction of the time it took me to load eight rounds by hand.

  4. I put one on back order thru Every where I looked they are back ordered. I received mine about 2 weeks after I ordered it. I love it and would recommend it.

  5. I have two for my pistols, one for my AR, and one for my AK. The greatest thing since sliced bread. I went to a defensive firearms course and in the beginning, people were kind of smirking at me for using the loader, by the end of the day they were standing in line to use the loader. We shot over a 1000 rounds that day.

  6. I have them for my hand guns and rifles I love them and so does the wife I bought it for her originally because she had a hard time getting all 19 rounds in her xdm 9 mags and I would have stop shooting and help her, I liked it so much I got one for my self and my brother. They are worth every penny.

  7. I first bought mine for my .45 cal pistol and it also will work with my 9mm. Now, I recently bought and received my loader for my AR-15 magazines and I can't say enough on how well these work and everyone should have these for all their weapons, pistol or rifle. No more sore thumbs! And, I can load to the last round maxing it out where before, I couldn't get the last round or two due to really tight. Thanks LULA!

  8. I've got an LR-308 so I doubt it would work but 20 rounds vs. 30 is a little less. However… I bought my wife a M&P 9mm compact and those mags are MURDER on your thumb. So I went out on a limb and bought a Upula for pistols and it's outstanding. And I think I got it off Amazon for $20 on sale. But even at full MSRP it's worth it.

  9. That is why I wear a concealed bulletproof vest, I am currently awaiting my 21st birthday in August to get my CCW and a Glock, until then I'm stuck with the vest and a Gerber survival knife for defense, also some Krav Maga CQC training.


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