speed loader help


March 6, 2008, 07:36 PM
So I got a new hks speed loader today for my revolver and Im not very speedy with it. I could use some tips from those with experience. I know I need to practice but it sure feels awkward.

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March 6, 2008, 07:46 PM
It's mostly a matter of practice.

One pointer is to NOT grab the release button to hold it.
This risks accidentally releasing the rounds too soon.
Grab the body of the loader. This eliminates accidental release, AND by gripping the body, you have much better control.

Insert the bullets into the chambers while holding the muzzle in a downward direction.
Push the loader until it bottoms, then grab the release and rotate it while you hold the cylinder still.
Rotate the cylinder to allow all the rounds to drop clear, then just let go of the loader and allow it to fall.

Many shooters load by firing the last shot, then gripping the gun with the LEFT hand, operating the cylinder release with the Right hand, and using the Left hand to both hold the gun AND push the cylinder out.
Hold the muzzle upward and press the ejector rod with the Left thumb as you give the gun a downward shake.
By holding the muzzle up, you prevent empty cases and burned powder particles and grit from getting trapped under the ejector.

As you're pressing the ejector rod with the Left hand, your RIGHT hand grabs another speedloader, brings it up and inserts it into the cylinder.
As you bring up the new speedloader, move the gun and your hands close to your body. This give much better control over both the gun and reload, and makes hitting the holes in the cylinder faster and more sure.

March 6, 2008, 08:23 PM
Thanks for the info. It does seem better holding the revolver with my left hand and the speed loader with my right.

March 7, 2008, 08:08 AM
Regardless of your technique in holding the gun while reloading (keeping it in the shooting hand or tranferring it to the other hand), many reloading problems can be rectified by making sure you have one finger securing the cylinder/keeping it from spinning until reloading is complete.

This is especially important with the HKS speedloader, as twisting it is required to effect the reload.

Not to start a brand debate, but it might be worth it to see if the Safariland product works better for you, since it does not require the twisting motion to unload.

March 7, 2008, 10:19 PM
Depending on what your doing with your revolver, certain games have different rules for modifications, you might consider champhering the charge holes. This breaks the sharp edge and lets the rounds fall in much easier.
Another possible modification is machining the cylinder for moon clips.

March 8, 2008, 04:26 AM
The first thing you need to decide is which hand you are going to use for what.

I started out with the technique that most people use. The right thumb pushes the cylinder release, the left fingers push the cylinder out, gripping the frame. Turn the revolver barrel up and hit the ejector rod with the left thumb, tilting the barrel downward when you finish. While doing that, grab the speedloader with the right hand. Insert the speedloader, twist the knob, discard the speedloader it, and close the cylinder.

I switched hands and noticed an immediate improvement. As before, the right thumb pressed the release, the left fingers push the cylinder out. However, the right hand maintains its hold on the pistol grip, while the left hand turns up and pushes the ejector rod with the palm (I don't tip the revolver down, as I find that full length ejectors kick the empties out just fine with a brisk tap). The left hand grabs and inserts the speedloader. Depending on the revolver and your hands, you can hold the cylinder still with your trigger finger, through the frame, or you can place your left pinky on it. Twist, discard, and close the cylinder.

Theoretically, the first method is faster. You eject the empties and grab the speedloader at the same time. I find the second method to better for me, because I can keep my right hand grip throughout and it seems more streamlined.

Now, one issue with HKS speedloaders is that twist. Twist too hard and the rounds with bind up. Trying to twist back to a straight position will most likely end up binding the rounds the other way. I wiggled the speedloader and that worked for a while.

Then I retired the HKS speedloaders and started using Safariland Comp speedloaders. If Safariland offered as many models as HKS, I wouldn't see any reason not to use Safariland. They hold the cartridges with no wiggle and there's no twisting. Grab the whole unit, push it into the cylinder and it releases the rounds. I suggest you try one. You can, in my experience, be fast with an HKS. You can be faster with a Comp.

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