Which side do you carry your speedloaders?


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chrisf8657
December 3, 2012, 07:07 PM
For all you right handed shooters out there and why that side?

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Mango88
December 3, 2012, 08:47 PM
When I've carried a speed loader I carried it on the right side. The revolver is cradled in the left hand while being reloaded with the right. Look around on YouTube, I remember that there used to be a few videos showing how to do a combat reload on a revolver.

Mango88
December 3, 2012, 08:54 PM
Here is a nice video from Massad Ayoob:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXUwI_d8JlA

camsdaddy
December 3, 2012, 09:02 PM
Primary speedstrip in right side coin pocket.

rcmodel
December 3, 2012, 09:20 PM
With my hunting rigs, I carry them left side side to the front.

I don't have enough room on the right side cause thats where the holster is.

And it helps balance the load so I don't walk lop-sided.

rc

MCgunner
December 3, 2012, 09:20 PM
Speed loaders dominant side. Magazines when I carry an auto go on the non-dominant side.

Homerboy
December 3, 2012, 09:47 PM
Speedloader on dominant side. When gun is empty, open cylinder with right thumb as I switch the gun to my left hand. Wrap two middle fingers around open cylinder to keep it stable and use dominant hand to use the speedloader.

beatledog7
December 3, 2012, 09:48 PM
I'm still working out which works best. I'm lefty but shift the revolver to my right hand to pop the cylinder, so I am practicing left side about 10 o'clock with round loaders. Thnking about trying a crossover sort of reload so I don't have to change hands.

A speed strip or two can easily be carried in the left front pocket. Though I think they're not really very speedy (practice, I know), they are faster than one-at-a-time.

Semi auto mags right side, 4 o'clock. But I usually carry a revolver.

StrawHat
December 4, 2012, 07:52 AM
When I carried speedloaders, they went on my left side. After the sixth shot, open the cylinder, eject the shells, grab the loader with my left hand and recharge the cylinder. I learned this in competition, under a clock, and carried it over to duty and civilian use. The revolver never left my right hand (I am right handed.) When practiced, it is a very efficient way to reload a revolver.

56hawk
December 4, 2012, 11:10 AM
Strong side reload for revolvers. Watch the video of Jerry Miculek shooting 12 shots in under 3 seconds:

http://youtu.be/lLk1v5bSFPw

Saddlebag Preacher
December 4, 2012, 12:02 PM
Carried them for years as an LEO in the 70's and 80's. Right side. If you can still find the holders that ride high (Straddling the belt instead of sticking out front in the old pouches), it distributes the weight better. Doesn't work so good though if you get older and the old pot belly starts to show. :D

chrisf8657
December 4, 2012, 01:35 PM
OK so most carry strong side. Most of the old police training I see shows shifting the revolver into the left hand and then reloading from a speedloader on your strong side. Most of the stupid hollywood movies show them on the weak side (I guess both work)

Any old police officers here who used dump pouches? Which side did you keep those?

SwampWolf
December 4, 2012, 02:43 PM
Another vote for speedloaders being carried on the right side and magazines on the left (assuming a right-handed person). The only problem I have with this formula is when pocket carrying a revolver and I'm not wearing a jacket.

The Lone Haranguer
December 4, 2012, 03:24 PM
I'm right handed, and carry a revolver reload on my right side. The revolver is moved to the left hand temporarily so my left fingers can support the cylinder and more dextrous right hand can load the cartridges, then back to the right hand for shooting. This remains so even if I carry the revolver crossdraw. (For a pistol you carry the reload, i.e., the magazine, on the opposite side from the gun.)

9mmepiphany
December 4, 2012, 04:07 PM
It sort of depend on the kind of loader too

Safariland usually works better (speed) on the strong side (change hands), moonclips better on the left (maintain master grip). I've worked with Safariland, HKS and Dade from both the right and left sides...and it really makes a difference in comfort

2zulu1
December 4, 2012, 04:24 PM
Back in the day the speedloader pouch was carried just to the right of the belt buckle, dump spent casings with left hand and recharge with right.

Dan Wesson models, with their crane located open cylinder button, slow me down a bit. :)

9mmepiphany
December 4, 2012, 05:20 PM
Funny, I found Dan Wessons a bit faster to reload...as the release was where my thumb was going to be anyway

Saddlebag Preacher
December 4, 2012, 07:07 PM
Before we were issued speed loaders, we had the old dump pouches and they were also carried on the right side of the buckle. Then we went to speed strips carried in the pouch. The first dump pouches were carried "upside down" which always had the jokester reacing over and unsnaping it, sending rounds on the floor. Later we got the pouches that had a leather "hinge" so the snaps ere on top.

Hey, I rememder up into the early 80's, the local Sheriff's office carried the twelve round belt slide with cartridge loops. No weather protection at all.

gamestalker
December 5, 2012, 12:19 AM
I carry cross draw most of the time, and therefore carry my speed loaders on my right. There are times this is reversed though.

GS

dscampbell
December 5, 2012, 01:05 AM
My dept. mandated (1970s) dump pouches on left then when we were allowed speed loaders they also were required to be on the left. Fire all 6 open revolver elevate vertical hit ejector with weak hand, place revolver in left hand, draw speed loader with right hand, load, drop speed loader, close revolver return to right hand.


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9mmepiphany
December 5, 2012, 01:37 AM
Hey, I rememder up into the early 80's, the local Sheriff's office carried the twelve round belt slide with cartridge loops. No weather protection at all.When I graduated the academy in 1980, we all wore out cartridge loops because they were so much more impressive looking, with shined bullets and cases, than dump pouches of speedloader pouches (we were given the option)...that was the last time I ever used it.

The SO issued the loops and the PD issued the dump pouches...but none of us ever used them.

I can actually reload six rounds faster using belt loops (grabbing two rounds at a time) than loose rounds in a dump pouch...we had competitions in the academy, both in lighted conditions and in the dark. I could load faster using the loops, in the dark, than half the class using speedoaders...it is all about technique

chrisf8657
December 5, 2012, 02:03 PM
How did you guys with Dump pouches do it?

Carry strong or weak side?
If you carried strong and shifted the revolver to weak for reload, when you dumped, did you keep all the rounds in your hand, or put them in the left hand with the gun and use it as a loading tray?

Thanks

9mmepiphany
December 5, 2012, 03:25 PM
How did you guys with Dump pouches do it?

Carry strong or weak side?
It would be the same as a speedloader; change hands:strong side, weak hand:weak side. You just open the pouch and let the rounds fall into your hand. If you understand what you are doing, it can be pretty smooth, but not as fast as using loops.

If you carried strong and shifted the revolver to weak for reload, when you dumped, did you keep all the rounds in your hand, or put them in the left hand with the gun and use it as a loading tray?
I've actually seen it done that way and he was the butt of jokes for the rest of the week.

The trick to loading efficiently (it's never quick) from pouches is the orientation of the cartridges in the pouch (so they fall correctly) and how you catch them in your hand (to reduce reorienting your wrist as you load). The bullets should point away from your thumb

Red Cent
December 5, 2012, 10:58 PM
i find that my Dan Wesson is a hair faster to reload than a K frame Smith, all things being equal. I carry my reloads (2) just in front of the holster.

Saddlebag Preacher
December 6, 2012, 12:18 AM
Mr. Moderator is 100% correct. It's just practice and muscle memory under stress, correctly loading the pouch and so on. We could actually get more rounds in the dump pouch before we went to speed strips. I know it sounds so slow compaired to the newer officers used to autos and mags, but the concept of having your mags facing the correct way for a reload is the same.

As for lack of available ammo or slow reloads, most of us carried a .38 snub BUG in our coat pocket, or an AMT 380 in the back pocket.

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