Best Speedloaders?


April 18, 2007, 04:11 PM
I have made a final choice of revolvers.

I just got home from the gun store with two new guns (which are identical, except for weight and barrel length): an all steel S&W 60 with 3 inch barrel (24 oz.) for practice and home defense, and a 360PD (12 oz.) for concealed carry.

CT 405 Lasergrips are on order.

All I need now are speed loaders.

What company makes the best for 5-shot .38 J-Frames?

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April 18, 2007, 05:43 PM
Safariland Comp I.
Maybe sending the cylinder to Pinnacle Guns or somebody like that for a moonclip conversion would be better. With the moons, it'd cost about as much as seven or eight speedloaders.
(Yes, you can still use it without the clips.)

April 18, 2007, 07:20 PM
Thanks, Bill.

April 18, 2007, 07:35 PM
Speed strips suit me for the J-frame. My usual drill is reload 2+2 and fire and repeat rather than fit the last chamber

No question full moon clips make the best speed loaders - and Matt del Fatti makes the best holders - but that gets me out of the pocket gun approach for a concealed firearm. I use Safariland for larger revolvers as working well while being more compact and less prone to rattle but arguably also less secure against impact or tossing around to share reloads than the competition.

Black Knight
April 18, 2007, 07:50 PM
I have used both HKS and Safariland speedloaders and would recommend either one. Another posibility that is easier to conceal is the Bianchi Speed Strip. Since they all are relatively inexpensive you could try each and then decide which you like better.

April 18, 2007, 08:00 PM
I use both Speed Strips and Speedloaders at different times. In the summer it's Bianchi Speed Strips and in the winter it's HKS Speedloaders. The J frame uses HKS Model 36-A. Some people like the push button on Safariland Speedloaders better than the twist release on HKS Speedloaders. I like both and buy HKS because they are easier to find in most stores and online and because I've had the rounds come loose in my pocket with a Safariland Speedloader.

April 18, 2007, 09:16 PM
Speedloaders are a YMMV thing but I strongly second the recommendation for the Safariland Comp-I for carry. It's more compact and faster, and at least as secure.

The Speedstrips are a valuable alternative, but need even more practice to use proficiently - solution: train.

April 18, 2007, 09:55 PM
One thing about the Safariland Comp Is- There's no pushbutton. That's a turn latch for filling and has nothing to do with reloading the revolver.
To use the Comps, you just push the entire loader straight in. No fooling, turning, nothing. Just hold the body and push. Besides being very secure, that's why they're so much faster.

April 18, 2007, 10:17 PM
Here's a link to the 642 Thread, which is dedicated to a very nice 5 shot j frame snubby :) This particular post is one i made a few weeks ago about speedloaders....the short version is, i'd get the 'Jet Loaders' from Buffer Technologies. They are just like the Safariland Comp III's (which rock...refer to link) but the comp3's aren't made for 5 shot j frames, whereas the jet loaders are.

As i quoted in that thread, "They are spring-actuated. As you insert the rounds into the cylinder, the cylinder star pushes a button on the underside of the speedloader which actuates a spring and propels the rounds the rest of the way into the chamber. No knobs to spin or rounds to shake free -- it's very effective (and fast)."

April 19, 2007, 12:09 PM
I took a revolver class in which the instructor asked the students what speedloaders they preferred. Most said HKS, but after they ran some reloading drills on the range, they switched to the Safariland.

April 19, 2007, 12:33 PM
I prefer Safariland with the stock boot grips. I've had problems loading them after replacing grips with my CT LG-105 grip...just a tad tight. I now practice with speed strips. OBTW, I've found that 4 rounds to a inbetween two rounds is quite speedy. I load, two...two...close-up and ready to fire. I usually carry 4 speed strips. Um...with the laser, I hope to place the first five rounds in the right spot and not really needing follow up loads. I just carry case I get attacked by an army of goblins.:D

April 19, 2007, 12:49 PM
They all cost less than $12 each, so you may want to try all the options.

Safariland CompI
Bianchi Speed Strip

The HKS and CompI will depend upon the user. I would still buy the speed strips regardless of what other you choose. They are the most compact way to carry extra ammo.

I often carry two CompI's and two speed strips. I plan on using the compI's first, but I still have extra rounds available in the strips if needed.

I would not, repeat not, even spend the money to try Maxfires.

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