Which speedloader for SP101?


January 16, 2003, 01:51 PM
I’m looking for a speedloader to carry extra rounds for CCW purpose. Perusing the Brownells catalog, I see 3 choices: HKS, Safariland Comp 1 and Buffer Technologies Jetloader. The HKS is twist-operated, whereas, the the other two are push-action. Which one holds the rounds most securely and unloads the easiest. Also, is it true any speedloader made for S&W J-frame will fit the SP101? Thanks for any feedbacks.

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January 16, 2003, 02:15 PM
For CCW I would recommend speed strips as opposed to speed loaders.

January 16, 2003, 02:18 PM
I prefer the HKS over the other two for just toting around. I haven't used the Buffer Tech. but I've got a bunch of the CompIII's for K and L frames which are very similar. I've also used/have some Safari CompI and II.
All except the HKS are apt to "unload" on you, and the CompIII's are a bit long for carrying in a pocket. I too have a SP-101 that I won at the NRA nationals that I gave to my wife (she took a real shine to it when I brought it home!!) I keep some HKS's loaded with Magnums in the console of her car,and the gun loaded w/USA .38spl+P 125hp as she despises recoil of magnums.
I've got about 12 loose rounds in the console of my Jeep where a couple of compII's have unloaded while shuffling #%&* around in the console looking for the key to the range gate.
Just my experience, YMMV
Yes the J-frame loaders will work, but the Magnum rounds can require a little manipulation to go into cylinder. Another reason I favor the HKS's.
I've used speed strips through the years. I quit using them as soon as my agency allowed us to carry speed loaders. (carried a speed loader in my jacket pocket though!) The Safariland compII's we carried in over the belt pouches would unload about once a shift, usually when I was leaning over the side of a boat or bed of a pickup. We soon went to HKS's and had no problems. However for speed, the compIII's and BufferTech's have no peer. (much easier to refill than moon clips too). In NRA PPC, about all you see are CompIII's and some Buffer Tech's are beginning to show up.

January 16, 2003, 07:17 PM
The ones I have for my SP101 are HKS 36 s.

Kahr carrier
January 16, 2003, 10:25 PM
Ditto HKS I like the twist lock feature.;)

Guy B. Meredith
January 18, 2003, 01:40 AM
Not into speedloaders much--too bulky and cranky. I stopped using HKS as the rounds constantly hung up in competition and if they are awkward in competition I don't care to trust them in 'real life'. I use Safariland Comp IIIs in competition where I am not allowed to use moonclips, but they are huge and somewhat cranky.

Personally I prefer moonclips and TK Custom (www.moonclips.com) and Clark Custom have been providing conversion for the GP100 and some 101s. You might like to check.

January 18, 2003, 02:00 AM
I would say that for competition, IDPA or IPSC, go with the Safarilands, the HKS will probably work for anything else. I have not tried the Buffer Tech yet, but plan to. I like the Comp IIs, they seem to be very reliable so far.

January 19, 2003, 12:47 AM
i would also have to recommend the speedstrips for carry because the speedloaders, all speedloaders, are usually too bulky to conceal well. having said that, and back to your original question...

my speedloader experience has been with the hks, safariland (I&II) and dade (pure competition job). while the hks twist release might be more secure, it always bothered me that the rounds would rattle/wobble in the loader...the safariland hold the rounds under tension. the safariland is faster, but it could be just a matter of practice...as i always carried the safariland when we were issued wheelguns on duty.

January 19, 2003, 02:02 AM
What is a speed strip? :uhoh:

January 21, 2003, 04:23 PM
a speedstrip is a piece of rubber designed to hold cartridges, usually 6, in-line so they could be loaded into the cylinder of a wheelgun 2 at a time.

there is usually a short tab on one end for gripping...they were originally also designed to fit inside dump pouches.

their usefulness, in CCW, comes from their ability to hold cartridges in a flat package rather then having them loose in your pocket.

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