How Do You Use Speed Strips


July 28, 2003, 07:51 PM
How do you use Bianchi Speed Strips, and where can you get them?


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Baba Louie
July 28, 2003, 08:02 PM

Load two into cylinder at a time typically.


July 28, 2003, 11:03 PM
I carry two loaded with six rounds each as reloads for my Smith M649.

I was out shooting this morning and discovered again that I use them very slooowly. Slow Strips would be a better name for them when I use them. I really need more practice.

Dillon Precision sells the strips through its catalog, "The Blue Press." That's where I got mine.

July 29, 2003, 07:33 AM
Basically, you insert two rounds at a time into your revolver's cylinder, then sort of "peel" the strip up. The strips are somewhat flexible, but the rounds of ammo aren't, so they end up getting pulled off the strip and drop the rest of the way into the cylinder.

Much faster than recharging the cylinders by hand with loose rounds, but not as fast as an actual speedloader.

Johnny Guest
July 29, 2003, 03:56 PM
But handy nonetheless.
First, the ammo stays together, so one isn't fishing out several loose cartridges.
Second, They're all oriented in same direction.
Third, the package is flat and not "lumpy."

I've noticed several photos posted, showing the strips with only five rounds. I understand there are only five charge holes in a J-frame revolver, but it is just as handy to have six as five, and it IS possible to drop one. ;) Also, I my carry the strips for spare ammo for either my little Colt or my M37.


Steve Smith
July 29, 2003, 04:00 PM
Does anyone know if they make them for a 25-5 in .45 Colt?

July 29, 2003, 04:58 PM
They're only available for the .38 Special/.357 Magnum. Over the years, Bianchi has probably received hundreds (thousands?!) of requests to make them in .41/.44/.45, but they've never done so.

The reason why some of us carry only five rounds in a Speed Strip is to give greater control in the loading process. The floppy tab at the end is virtually worthless in aiding handling; by leaving the hole nearest the tab empty, it gives some finger purchase on the reinforced main body.


July 30, 2003, 07:54 AM
I carry two of them and I've cut the last hole off so they only hold five, makes them a little more compact. With a little (or alot) of practice they are pretty smooth to operate, but still slower to use than a good speed loader. Alot easier to carry in a back pocket tho'.

I also use them to speed load my Contender.

July 30, 2003, 08:46 PM
If you practice you can get pretty fast. In the early days of speed loaders you were as likely to dump your rounds on the ground as in your revolver. I can remember shooting top gun at the police academy because I used speed strips. During final qualification half the line dumped their rounds on the ground. In the 80's I started caring much improved speed loaders. However, I also carried a couple of speed strips in my back pants pocket. When Glocks came along I kept the speed strips for off-duty carry with my m 60. Now that I'm retired those 25 year old speed strips are in the pocket of my fishing vest waiting for my next fishing trip.

July 31, 2003, 10:53 PM
Nuther justification for loadin em with 5 for J frames.

Ever since pocket watches went out of style, the watch pockets in jeans have tended to be sized commensurate with the size of the jeans.

Me little feller, have short watch pockets. 5 in speed loader lets just tab and empty hole stick up....camo and easier to grab.

As to speed strips for alternate calibers....some searchin here and on TFL should turn a few posts re homemade speed strips.

Alternate flat n fast is use Coonan magazine with top rear trimmed a bit for thumb clearance. Works great but makes Coonan owners weep.

August 4, 2003, 11:36 AM
After finding out that a SKS stripper clip will hold 10 rounds of .38SPL/.357MAG in a package shorter & narrower than a 1911 mag, I traded off my Speed Strips. Easier to load with, too...:cool:

4v50 Gary
August 4, 2003, 03:49 PM
Do a search either here or at TFL. We had a member who "home made" their own speedstrips. :)

September 6, 2003, 09:44 PM
Seeker_two is right. Just tried it. 10 rounds fit my SKS stripper clips perfectly. Fit flatter in my poket that 2 speed strips too. A little practice and I may be carrying those instead.

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