I use speedloaders myself. I've never used speedstrips; what are the advantages of strips over loaders?
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March 11, 2010, 04:38 PM
Easier to carry in a pocket, etc.
March 11, 2010, 05:08 PM
Thats the only advantage.
It's sometimes harder to conceal 12 rounds in speed-loaders then it is to hide the gun they go with.
Speed-Strips pack flat and don't print though your clothes.
The down-side is, they are much slower to use then speed-loaders.
But much faster then a pocket full of loose ammo.
March 11, 2010, 05:32 PM
have you seen simply rugged's speed loader pouch? i tried the split 3/3 over my belt using a rubber band to hold it in place, carried around the house... dared my wife and my brother when he came over to find the ammo... they couldn't see it. it reduces the print of a speedloader to virtually nil.
March 11, 2010, 05:33 PM
Well said, rcmodel
March 11, 2010, 05:59 PM
Besides being flatter, it allows you to reload a revolver to full capacity without having to dump all the rounds in the cylinder. In an instance where only one or two shots were fired, and the shooter wants to replace only those spent rounds with fresh ones, it does permit it.
Otherwise it's eject everything in the cylinder regardless of whether it's spent or not to reload.
March 11, 2010, 11:43 PM
I don't have a speedloader for my revolver yet but from what I have seen they would be kinda hard to hide. I don't have the specifically made speed strips either but my old 7.62x39 stripper clips hold 10 rds of 38/357 and lay flat in my pocket as well. I got 2 of those to accompany my .357 so if 26 rds total .357 mag isn't cutting the mustard i'm in deep poo poo.
To reload from empty with one of these I hold the gun right handed flip the cylinder out pop the rounds out with the extractor, poke a round in the cylinder hole and pull the clip away from the gun with my left hand. As long as you get it started in the hole some you can just pull the clip off with ease, its never gonna be speed loader fast but its better than digging for loose ammo in my pocket.
March 12, 2010, 07:46 AM
Yeah, the speedstrips are pretty slow. I carry them in a "Tuff" wallet so I can at least get to them quick... I also do some practice only loading two or four rounds and going to work with that. I would hate to be shot because I programed myself to load all five rounds before going back to work with the revolver...
March 12, 2010, 09:59 AM
In my opinion, they both have a purpose.
The loaders are usually a quicker reload. They fit neatly in a coat pocket, center console or backpack pocket and can get banged up a bit.
Speed strips allow for partial reloads, are flatter and can fit into pants pockets. They also fit neatly in some "watch pockets" on pants. They also fit nicely in i-pod cases. They also fit nicely in a sun visor "map" strap in a car. They also fit nicely in...you get the point...You need to be a bit more careful with where you put them, lest a bullet get dislodged on the way out of said pocket.
That said, they both require a fair amount of practice to be somewhat quick with them.
March 12, 2010, 10:09 AM
I have found HKS loaders a bit cumbersome to carry around other than in a "bag" or briefcase. I have found they probably also need to be "captive" in something (carrier) so as not to get "crudded up" or have the rounds get loose.
I added Bianchi Speedstrips to my carry option and they pack flat but alse tend to get involved with all the other goods in my pocket(s).
Yesterday I ordered one of these and hopefully it will clean things up a bit.
Cabelas has nylon with velcro, but the hook and loop is noisy when opening. Snap should be quieter.
I like the look of the leather better too.