COUNTERFEIT WARNING: Chinese Counterfeiters Copying UpLULA Magazine Loaders

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Our friends over at Maglula sent over a notification that their excellent loaders have been counterfeited. Below is the release they sent over, sadly we do not have any photos of a fake loader to show you. Your best defense is to buy from a quality retailer until the folks at Maglula can sort everything out.

Counterfeit warning !

Low quality Chinese counterfeit loaders cloning our popular patented UpLULA™ universal pistol mag loaders are offered for sale on Amazon and eBay. Commingling of genuine and counterfeit loaders in the same Amazon bin may result shipping of counterfeits. Please refrain from ordering loaders there until further notice. If you suspect receiving a counterfeit loader, please contact Amazon’s or eBay’s customer service and return the loader.

Please shop at local gun stores you trust and from companies we ship to direct: Brownells, MidwayUSA, Cabela’s, BassPro, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Turner’s, CheaperThanDirt, Sportsman’s Guide, ShopRuger.

Be cautious of counterfeits at weekend gun shows and markets. Some Chinese knockoffs are very similar to our own deceivingly having UpLULA and ‘Made in Israel’ embedded in them and packed in blisters similar to ours.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Co-Director for TFBTV. He is a verified gun nerd and also podcasts at The Firearms Podcast. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Jeff Smith

    If you don’t own an UpLula, do yourself a favor and get one. They’re fantastic.

    • Some Rabbit

      Amen to that. Most double stack guns come with a loading tool but the Lula works better and it also works on single stack mags too.

  • Bean Guy

    I’d like to give one of these cheapo ones a go if they’re like 10-15 bucks. If I’m paying full price for an UpLula though, I’d be furious if I got a fake.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      To each their own. I would rather give the company that designed it a bit more to get the original. Letting a company profit from a knock off is kinda uncool.

      • EC

        Yes, this is why the only AR-15s anyone should ever buy are the ones made by ArmaLite (Colt doesn’t count as they didn’t design the AR-15, only bought the license). Also Wilson Combat 1911s are worthless; get the original Colts.

        Truth is, if we never had copies or clones we wouldn’t have free market competition or progress. Certainly it’s wrong for the counterfeit products to bear the UpLula brand and markings (some of them have their own branding), but it’s been maybe 10-11 years since the patent was first filed. It’s about time that competition was opened up.

        • d

          The design patent run out decades ago on the AR15, not so on the Lula.

        • StuffandThings

          Patents are good for 21 years (if a 1 year provisional patent is applied at the onset). 11 years < 21. Nope.

          • EC

            And many think that the 21 years is an incredibly long period of time that stifles innovation. 😉 11 years is plenty of time for the designers of the magazine loading device to recoup their research investment and then some.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        While I don’t condone counterfeiting quality products like this, there is the possibility that wider availability of knock-off’s could ultimately drive down the price of the originals.

        Lula’s are pretty expensive and it would be nice if the real thing cost less.

    • I paid $15 for one somewhat recently so I probably got one of the fakes. It seems to work fine. The thing that doesn’t work is the lock that holds it shut. Packaging seems real but at the price I got it from Amazon, I’m not too sure it’s real.

  • SCW

    The UpLula is a great device that besides being one of the best mag loaders I’ve ever used, it’s also great at showing you which of your friends are complete mouth breathing morons that can’t complete a task if there are more than 2-3 steps involved.

    I had a buddy who couldn’t figure out how to use this thing even when I grabbed his hands and physically manipulated them myself.

  • marine6680

    Amazon itself does its best to get the genuine item…

    But they allow smaller sellers to send their stock to an Amazon warehouse, and then Amazon does the work filling orders.

    The problem is that they mix these items in the same bin as the Amazon sourced stuff, so now potentially fake stuff is mixed in with genuine stuff, and it’s a bit of luck on if you get it or not. It’s not a huge problem, but it could be eventually.

    • Vitsaus

      Amazon and eBay have done more to make counterfeiting products a viable and profitable enterprise than any other single entity. I stopped buying any gun related or electronic products from either almost a decade ago.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Given that these things are almost $40, I can see the attraction for a much cheaper version.

    That said, once you own one, you don’t balk at the price any longer.

    • Drew Coleman

      Especially since they seem to last forever. It’s a worthwhile investment.

      • Vermin__Supreme

        Investment? What is it’s p/e ratio? Not sure why I would use this vs the stock Glock loader. Please explain.

        • Drew Coleman

          I’ve yet to find a centerfire cartridge magazine that it doesn’t work with, and I’ve found it to work better than the stock glock (and other similar) loader.

          For me, it’s worth it because my fingertips get dried out and cracked, and loading by hand makes that worse.

        • Ken

          I’ve broken a Glock loader on a PMAG since it takes so much force to load those. I’ve got an HKS loader and only OEM mags now.

      • Saint Stephen the Obvious

        The word ‘investment’ implies you make money in some way (interest, dividends, etc).

        This item will not increase in value.

        Just saying

        • Howard

          Maybe NOT so “Obvious,” the “investment” is referring to INVESTING in the tool and SAVING time and finger abuse potential.
          And as with a monetary “investment,” your TIME is the valued product saved, but if you don’t VALUE your time, NO amount of cashola will make a difference to you.
          After all, SAVING money is no difference than MAKING money except you all ready INVESTING in YOU and only YOU can put all ready value on YOUR TIME.
          Economics 101.
          You’re welcome.

  • HemingwaysBeard

    This is going to happen more and more as 3D printers and scanners become smaller and cheaper over the next few years.

  • Disarmed in CA

    This is good advice.. the UPrura only helps load “burrets”

  • TonysTake ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

    One rule to live by… If the price sounds to good to be true, it probably is. I have used the heck out of the original for years now and love it.

    • iksnilol

      The problem is when you pay for a real one and get a fake one.

      I don’t mind buying a bootleg version for a quarter of the price of the original (as long as I know I am buying a bootleg).

  • Geoff Timm

    “Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.” Will we finally get the folks at UpLula to make them in dayglo orange, so I can find them in my range bag? Geoff Who is trying to get away from black on black fashion these days.

  • olivehead

    There are some knock-off UpLula loaders on ebay right now, although from the pictures I can’t tell if they have “UpLula” on them or not. They’re priced at $19.98 with free shipping from China. At that price, I find little incentive to buy over the real thing, which can be had for as little as $30 (in black; even less if you don’t mind colors like purple and lemon yellow). If they were more like $10, I have to admit I’d probably pick one up just to see the quality and how well it works, but not as a substitute for the real deal.

  • olivehead

    On another note, as good as the UpLula loader is, I wish there was as good a loader that can be used without a hard surface to press the mag base on, like the HKS mag loaders, so that you could be sitting, standing, etc, and still load the mag as long as you’ve got two free hands to do it. The HKS loaders are perfectly fine for what they are, but all other things being equal, the UpLula’s are better loaders. They’re just not as flexible as the HKS.

    • Dustin Heaton

      I generally use my leg or chest as the surface to press against if I don’t have a table or bench. Works fine for me at least.

  • Some Rabbit

    The Chinese have been counterfeiting other Israel gun accessories, specifically Fobus. I recently ordered a Fobus double stack mag carrier on Amazon. When it finally arrived it was shipped from Israel. But on close examination, I notice it’s not stamped ‘made in Israel’ like another Fobus single stack mag carrier I have. Otherwise it looks legit in every other detail. Fobus says that if it isn’t stamped ‘made in Israel’ it’s a knock-off.

  • Seth Hill

    “Chinese Counterfeiters”

    And yet we continue to call them “favored nation”, etc while they have continued to do this.

  • LGonDISQUS

    Not gonna die or get hurt using a bootleg UpLula.

    Maybe they should drop their prices 10-15%?

  • mazkact

    I bought one(UpLula) for my Wife and now she actually enjoys loading pistol mags. I hate knock offs.

  • Wow!

    I would buy Uplula loaders, but at almost $50 each, after I bought one to support the company, I just made my own with some folded sheet metal and those free glock mag loaders you get with each gun. It takes like 5 min of time and less than a dollar of material.

  • Jedediah Pendergast

    They go for around $8.00 if you buy a hundred of them, around $15 for one of them on the ChiComm ebay.