The Bottom Line
- Snaps onto the top of an AK47 mag, stays in place during loading or unloading.
- Loads or unloads a magazine very quickly.
- Made of very tough stuff, plus it's light and compact.
- Lever pops into the body of the loader to make it even more compact.
- It works! And it's quite clever.
- Difficult to snap it onto my 30-round magazines when they're fully loaded.
- Magazine loader/unloader for AK47 & GALIL magazines. Made by Maglula, Ltd.
- Snaps onto the magazine using the catch that holds the mag in the gun.
- Then you work the lever back and forth to load or unload the magazine.
- Works by using two cams on the lever, which push on the double-stacked ammo or the follower.
- Each flip of the lever creates a space for a new cartridge (or allows one to fall out if unloading).
- Makes it easy to unload a magazine for cleaning, etc. Manually unloading an AK mag is a pain.
- Makes loading very simple and easy, and cuts loading time in half.
- Reduces wear on your magazine's feed lips. Works on all mags, whether plastic or metal.
- Available for other guns too. At time of publication: AK47/Galil, M16/AR15, Colt SMG, UZI, M1A/M14, and FN FAL.
- Can be used with gloves, and in the dark.
Guide Review - LULA Magazine Loader & Unloader for AK47 (7.62x39)
It's just plain good old-fashioned simple genius, that's all.
Even the name is practical: Loader Un-Loader = LUL. Toss an "A" on the end so it doesn't sound like a boring pause, and you have LULA.
This particular LULA snaps onto the top of an AK47 (or Galil) magazine, and there's a lever which has a couple cams on it. You flip the lever back and forth as you load the mag. Flip, load, flip, load, until you're done. Each flip shoves the follower or the previous rounds farther down into the mag, creating a space for the next cartridge, which you just drop in.
It's easy to do, and even kinda fun.
I compared my times loading with the LULA and without it. Loading an AK mag without a LULA is not difficult. You pop a round into the mag and make sure it's slid to the rear, and repeat 29 times. But it is time-consuming, and loading many mags can be aggravating.
Playing with the LULA in the first few minutes I owned it, I loaded a 30-round 7.62x39 AK mag in 35 seconds, and I thought I could improve on that. Manual loading took an average of 60 seconds, so the LULA has the potential to cut loading time in half.
Unloading is also easy, although with my two 30-round mags it was easier if I removed the top round before installing the LULA. But I played with it and found I could let the LULA pop the top round out even as I was installing LULA, then wiggle the lever to dump the rest of the groceries out of the magazine.
Considering the ease of use, time savings, reduced wear on mags, quality of construction, good design, compactness, and general ingeniousness of this product, it's a wonder we don't all own one already. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
- Russ Chastain