The UpLULA Universal Pistol Magazine
Loader from Butler Creek is not a new product. In fact, this product has been
around for some time. But I still felt compelled to discuss this awesome product
since it is a must-have product on every trip to
Butler Creek, an innovative sporting
goods manufacturer, offers a wide variety of product including scope covers (
the Flip-Open covers are incredible ), firearm and binocular slings, Ruger 10/22
accessories and magazine loaders. Butler-Creek is part of Bushnell (other
Bushnell companies include Bolle, Serengeti, Final Approach, Tasco, Uncle
Mike’s, Hoppe’s, Stoney Point, Simmons, and Millet) based in Overland Park, KS.
Now, on to the UpLULA Pistol Loader. I
have thought a lot about how to describe this product. Other sites also attempt
to put into words how the UpLULA has become so popular and basically
indispensable to anyone loading magazines. So, how does this thing work? More
importantly, how does it help? I will definitely describe it a little
differently than most…okay, A LOT different! The UpLULA loader to me is an
artificial finger, in most cases really a thumb. The most uncomfortable and
tiring part of loading magazines is holding the spring on the magazine down to
insert the bullet. Although doing this a time or two is not too bad, loading
magazines multiple times does takes its toll. This is where the UpLULA earns its
The way the UpLULA works is by squeezing
the handle and holding it over the magazine. When you do this, an extended tab
depresses the magazine for you and all you do is basically lay the bullet into
the magazine. Once the bullet is in place, let out the handle, move it up over
the bullet you just loaded and squeeze again. It does require both hands and
takes some time to get the hang of it, but I can assure you it wont be long
before it is second nature. After you get comfortable using it, loading
magazines will be quick and easy. Most estimate once you get used to it, you can
load a bullet a second. That might be a tad fast, but nonetheless it is going to
make it quick.
Butler Creek does provide a good video of
the UpLULA in action. You can check it out here, http://www.butler-creek.com/products/lula_pistol_loader.html.
You can find the product on our site
Thanks for checking this review out and
please always feel free to offer our comments and personal observations.
Rory Tipton | Gun
Hogue Grips are likely best known for
their Molded Rubber Grips product line. Hogue developed a revolutionary line of
soft, rubber grips for pistols and rifles that places them as the leader in this
category. Hogue grips make a perfect addition to your weapon for a custom,
comfortable and recoil-absorbing grip. Hogue grips are soft and very comfortable
in your grip, but not spongy feeling.
Hogue offers well over 100 molded rubber
grips for a huge variety of guns. Although the most popular color available is
black, there are several models available in desert tan, OD green and now pink!
For a relatively low price, changing grips on your gun may very well be the most
affordable custom option available.
I recently added a set of Hogue grips
(Hogue Model # 66000) to my Taurus .357 Magnum revolver. As you can see, it
transformed it from a traditional style revolver to a more tactical look. As for
feel and performance…wow! The gun really fits in my hand like a well-designed
glove. My fingers follow the grooves perfectly and even feel like they are
‘inside’ the gun. Hard to explain, but it is very different than the feel of
wood grips or even a solid panel grip.
Now for the performance evaluation and
whether it provides any relief from recoil. I personally do not feel that the
.357 Magnum produces a violent or terribly uncomfortable recoil. However, my
wife and kids consistently pass on shooting it when we are at the range! After
installing the Hogue grips, they agreed that it significantly reduced the felt
recoil and the gun was much more pleasurable to shoot.
I think the Hogue grips are an awesome
addition to my .357 and have really enjoyed them since I installed them, which
by the way is accurately detailed in the instructions Hogue provides. I do plan
on trying some on other pistols I own, in Molded Rubber as well as some of the
other materials Hogue offers grips in (see below).
In addition to the Molded Rubber Grips,
Hogue also has an amazing line of other products.
Rifle and Shotgun stocks
New this year from
Hogue slings &
and knives designed by Allen
Most of these products are on my list for
review and will be featured here soon. Thanks for reading and please contact me
for more details on anything featured here.
Rory Tipton | Gun
I am certain I am like many of you and
have admired those nice, high-tech electronic ear muffs for many years. How nice
would it be to refrain from yelling while trying to hold a conversation on the
range with someone 2 feet away while still protecting our ears? Unfortunately, I
could never bring myself to spending that much money for the electronic
versions, which were well over $100. Well, how things
Caldwell Shooting Supplies, based in
Columbia, MO, is well known for many fine products. From shooting benches to
targets, and of course the Lead Sled, Caldwell offers a great selection for the
shooter. Recently, they introduced a new hearing protection product that
provides electronic features for an unbelievable price.
The E-Max series from Caldwell has two
versions, a standard profile (497700) and a low profile (487557). They both have
two microphones that amplify normal-level sounds, such as conversation, and then
shut off for anything noise above 85 decibels, such as gun fire. Another nice
feature is they fold down to a very compact size that allows them to fit easily
in your range bag. The volume is adjustable, too. They both have MSRP’s below
$50. Two AAA batteries provide the power to run them and they do seem to last a
I currently use the low profile version
and love it them. They are comfortable, stay out of the way, and are very light.
We recently had some local Law Enforcement agencies purchase them for their
qualification matches and they are very impressed.
You can find them in our store here…http://www.gungearusa.com/product.cgi?group=1401&product=1492
Rory Tipton | Gun