speedloader carry?


December 30, 2002, 04:28 PM
How do you all carry your speed loaders?

I'm thinking about taking my Magnum Carry to an IDPA Match and need some advice.

I've looked at Bianchi Accumold, simple Nylon pouches, and expensive leather.

Not sure which one I like yet.

Perivously when using full moon clips, I've just carried a spare in a pocket, or in a small compass pouch.

IDPA rules let revolvers have 3 re-loads, ( I Have 4), was wondering the best ways to carry them.

Lets consider 3 factors:

Cost, Functionality and Concealability (though this isn't as big of a concern to me)

thanks for your thoughts.


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December 31, 2002, 02:22 PM
Might take a look at them Safariland metal jobbies.............

December 31, 2002, 03:14 PM
I normally only carry a revolver as a back-up in pocket or ankle holster and, due to concealment restrictions, limit myself to Speed Strips for spare ammo. (If I'm wearing a vest or other outer garment with side pockets, I'll toss a speedloader in the right pocket.)

On the few occasions I have carried a belt-holstered revolver, I used Comp I speedloaders in snap-flapped leather Safariland "Speed Six" pouches that position the loader with three cartridges on either side of the belt. I have tried the open-topped metal jobbies and found them wanting.


Jim Watson
December 31, 2002, 03:33 PM
The "open topped metal jobbies" from Safariland ain't allowed by IDPA. They are not secure on the belt, the speedloaders aren't secure in them. Wonder how I know?

My local Kydex bender, Ready Tactical Products, makes a holder that looks and works a lot like the metal CD-2 but has a positive hook under the belt and a lot more "curl" around the loader. Blade-Tech has their own pattern in Kydex.
Ted Blocker makes one out of steel rod that is simple, secure, and cheap.
I have seen carriers homemade from gray PVC conduit, slotted to take the belt, scalloped to expose the loaders' sides to grab.

Steve has a point. If I am standing, I can recover a speedloader from my vest or jacket pocket about as fast as I can grab it from a belt carrier. You need some in a fixed location when you reload kneeling or in some other awkward position, though.

The Split - Six holders are about as low profile as you can make a speedloader for street carry; and IDPA experience with them can't hurt.

Pouch types are cheap, simple, and secure. But slow.

I saw writer Dave Arnold shoot at the first IDPA Nationals. He had a M66 in a pancake holster and speedloaders in his pockets; the ready load in his shirt pocket.

So SHOOT the fool thing!

Brian D.
December 31, 2002, 04:20 PM
At one time Price Western Leather in England made a double speedloader carrier, leather with open top, sorta like the competition ones made for PPC. Only this one had a tension screw (and rubber grommet beneath), right between the two halves of the pouch. You could adjust it enough to securely hold anything from J thru N frame loaders. Don't know if they still make it, bought mine one year as a sample at the end of the SHOT Show. Wouldn't be too hard for somebody over here to make a version of (hint, hint) in leather or kydex I'd say. The tension screw or screws make all the difference. I once demo'd it--on purpose, BTW-- to an IDPA official with a bit of rolling and somersaulting. The loaders stayed put, I got it approved for use, and everybody who watched my act got a big laugh!:p Nothing more amusing than a fat-yet-agile guy doing acrobatics! I would also second Jim Watson's mention of the wire jobbies made by Ted Blocker. Haven't tried them in a match, but a bit of "field study" indicates they'll work OK.

December 31, 2002, 10:13 PM
I used the Split-Six double unit with Comp II speedloaders for many years as an LEO/instructor and found it entirely satisfactory. The double unit was more stable than the single unit.

Best compromise I could come up with. Still carry same gun and rig retired but went to a 2x2x2 De Santis for minimum bulk.

January 1, 2003, 08:24 PM
I have a few Spilt-Sixes and Safariland Comp II's for midframes and my Detective Special. I prefer the Comp II's over Comp I's or HKS's. I haven't tried Jet Loaders, Comp III's, or the other brands that were popular through the 1970's and beyond.

Your Magnum Carry should be fun. I haven't made it to a local IDPA match with my Dick Special yet, but it is on the list.

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