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7 handgun loading aids — Making life easier, 1 round at a time

She Shoots 2: Michelle Cerino shares 7 handgun loading aids to save you time on the range.

 

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I’m a fan of cool kitchen gadgets that make life a little easier when you’re cooking. My kitchen drawer contains a cherry pitter, citrus zester, apple wedger and crinkle cutter. My theory is, if it saves me a little time, and helps get the job done without a struggle, bring it on! Work smarter, not harder. Right?

My love of gadgets and tools extends from my kitchen, all the way to the shooting range. If you take a peek in my range bag, you’ll find a loading aid for the type of gun I am shooting that day. Even when I am carrying my revolver concealed, I’ll have at least 1 loading aid with me, whether it’s a speed strip, speed loader or both. Here is a list of my favorite handgun loading aids.

 

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1. The UpLULA

When I first started shooting, I had a difficult time trying to get rounds 8 to 16 into my magazine, let alone the 17th, to top it off. The process became a frustrating struggle when I had to fill 4 magazines, quickly, all day long. By the end of the day, sore thumbs and ruined fingernails did not make me happy. My love of loading aids began the day a friend gave me a pink UpLULA. Not only did the tool save my thumbs, but it also allowed me to load and unload magazines much faster. The UpLULA loads 9mm to .45-caliber magazines.

The UpLULA is available in pink or black. MSRP: $38.95

 

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Everyone loves an UpLULA at the range.

 

2. BabyUpLULA

I shoot a lot of .22 Long Rifle (LR) guns. For those times, I bring along my BabyUpLula. Just like the original UpLULA, the BabyUpLULA makes loading and unloading easier and faster. I never have to press or push with my thumb, the rounds just drop in. The BabyUpLULA is for use with .22LR magazines that don’t have the slider button on the side. It also works on small caliber centerfire magazines up to .380 caliber.

The BabyUpLULA is available pink or black. MSRP: $38.95

 

3. The X10-LULA and V10-LULA

When the .22LR that I am shooting has a side-slide button, I use my V10 or X10-LULA. Once again, no finger pinching or thumb pain, because it works the side-slide button for me. Easy, fast loading and unloading.

X10-LULA and V10-LULA come as a set, and is available in black. MSRP: $24.95

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4. The HKS Speed Loader

My everyday concealed carry gun is a revolver. With only 5 rounds in the gun, it’s important to carry extra ammunition. Rather than having the rounds loosely clinking around in my purse or jacket pocket, I keep them in my HKS Speed Loader. I can load 5 rounds at a time by dropping them into the wheel, simultaneously, and releasing them with a slight twist of the knob. Being able to do so is not just time saving and easy, but also a potentially life saving advantage.

HKS Speed Loader MSRP: $6 to $11

 

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Michelle always uses her Bianchi Speed Strip and HKS Speed Loader when she carries concealed.

 

5. Bianchi Speed Strips

Another easy-to-use loading and storage aid for revolvers is the Bianchi Speed Strip. With this simple rubber strip, my rounds stay organized, no matter where I store them. I can load 2 rounds at a time, without fumbling for more. Multiple caliber choices are available, including .22 revolver!

Bianchi Speed Strips MSRP: $9

 

6. M-16/AR-15 LULA – 5.56/.223

If you are shooting an AR-15, you’d be silly not to have a LULA. With it, you can easily load and unload AR magazines by placing the device over the top of the magazine and moving the lever back and forth, while inserting ammunition.

M-16/AR-15 LULA is available in black. MSRP: $29.95

 

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The AR-15 LULA is great for competition shooting.

 

7. M-16/AR-15 StripLULA — 5.56/.223

If you have ever bought large amounts of .223 ammunition, you may have received it in stripper clips that hold 10 rounds in a row. Rather than removing the ammunition from the clip to load 1 at a time, I use my Strip Lula. It doesn’t get any easier! Simply slip the strip in and press down. It can also be used with loose rounds, pushing 10 rounds into the magazine in 1 movement.

M-16/AR-15 StripLULA — 5.56/.223 is available in black. MSRP: $30.95

 

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The StripLULA saves time when loading stripper clips.

 

As you can see, there many gadgets or tools out there that can make your life on the range a little easier. Sure, when I start using my loading aid, I get the usual scoffs. However, after a few hundred rounds, fellow shooters start noticing how easy and fast I reload my magazines. Sometimes I even let them borrow it (after I make them beg a little). I would suggest writing your name on yours, or attach it to a lanyard, so you can keep track of it. Once others try it, it’s likely to end up in their range bags.

  • About Michelle Cerino

    Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers.

     

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  • How to shoot through a concealed-carry purse says: May 16, 2014 at 7:01 am

    […] If you decide to attempt this tactic, the type of gun you carry is very important. Yes, a semi-automatic gun has a very good chance of jamming. Lack of space and variety of hang-ups will keep the slide from operating properly. Most likely you will fire 1 shot, and then find you have a malfunction on your hands. Unfortunately, your best choice requires giving up capacity by choosing a lightweight hammerless revolver. The Smith & Wesson Model 442, Bodyguard 38 or Ruger LCR are good options if you want to be able to, or feel you might fire from within your purse. Unlike semi-automatic handguns, these hammerless snub-nosed revolvers will cycle reliably from within a purse, or even your pocket. So, you have to decide if having 5 or 6 rounds at hand is better than having a higher-capacity magazine that may not meet your daily needs. Remember, you can always carry extra rounds for your revolver in a Bianchi Speed Strip or HKS Speed Loader. […]