Speedloader Pouches


April 4, 2014, 09:00 PM
When it comes to speedloader pouches, are they pretty much created equal or are there big differences as the price goes up? I am looking for a double pouch for 5-shot and 6-shot speedloaders. Can I use one for both or is it similar to single-stack vs. double-stack mag pouches?

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April 4, 2014, 10:08 PM
I like the 'split six' set up but if concealment isn't your goal almost any maker works, biancchi, safariland.....

April 4, 2014, 10:15 PM
I'm not sure what a "split six" setup is, but I don't think many people would be able to identify a speedloader pouch if it jumped up and bit them.

April 4, 2014, 10:52 PM


April 4, 2014, 10:53 PM
That's very clever actually. I'm glad you posted that because I apparently forgot all about looking for it right after I typed it!

April 5, 2014, 11:37 AM
I have a number of these different Safariland carriers, and prefer the "single" split six type the best, as I find it to be a bit more versatile.




April 5, 2014, 12:09 PM
Check your rule book if using them in competition. I'm pretty sure that the last clip style one that leaves the sides open is not legal for IDPA.

For actual concealed carry I really like that split style. It would be far smoother under a shirt.

April 5, 2014, 12:31 PM

Check it out! I bought this speedloader case for my Ruger GP100. While it is made for HKS loaders, it works very well with Safariland too. It's inexpensive, has held up really well, and deployment is FAST! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. You can't go wrong.

4v50 Gary
April 5, 2014, 01:12 PM
I used to carry mine in HKS Speedloader pouchers. I only carried two reloaders. Never got a quad pouch and went to a Sig P220 and two spares (which gave me four extra bullets over the revolver).

April 5, 2014, 06:01 PM
AK103K, what is the third one pictured? I can't see how that holds anything securely.

BC, I don't do competition, so these will be only for defensive purposes.

Gary, I do agree a semi-auto will give me more capacity and that's usually what I carry. I think two pouches (15-18 rounds total depending on the gun) will be adequate.

April 5, 2014, 06:08 PM
Its made out of spring steel, and holds the loader pretty secure. They clip on the belt, and the rounds are in front of it, instead of splitting it like the split sixes. They work OK, but they arent as secure or body hugging as the split sixes. I prefer the security of the flap.

April 5, 2014, 06:12 PM
I agree, the flap is nice, but I do fear that it stands out a bit too much as "police gear" to the average person. It's not a major worry as open carry is legal here and the brief "flashing" of my gun or gear (due to wind) is of minimal concern at best.

April 8, 2014, 05:26 PM
The average person would not know what he was looking at. Cops would but most average people would probably think it was a cell phone. Most people are oblivious and fairly dumb.

April 8, 2014, 05:36 PM
How true. I'm going to have to find one and order it soon. I've been carrying my J-frame a lot more now - it's EXTREMELY comfortable on my hip (it normally rides in a pocket).

royal barnes
April 8, 2014, 06:32 PM
You don't say what brand speedloader you are carrying but the split six will not work with Safariland Comps or the Batten Technologies JetLoader. HKS are fine.

April 8, 2014, 06:36 PM
I have the Safariland Comp Is (I think). You push to release them but they are low-profile.

April 8, 2014, 06:37 PM
You don't say what brand speedloader you are carrying but the split six will not work with Safariland Comps
They work fine with mine, both 5 and 6 shot.

April 9, 2014, 04:21 AM
The split 6 pouches make a big difference. I tried an IDPA stage with a plain old nylon speedloader pouch and they are just in the way and flop around. A stiff leather or kydex pouch that doesn't allow any slop is best.

April 11, 2014, 05:51 PM
I like the DeSantis Second Six which are "split six" style as well as the 2x2x2 pouches which carry 6 rounds in pairs for easy grasping or more usually for me in a Bianchi Speed Strip.

April 25, 2014, 06:46 PM
I have a follow-up question: where does everyone keep their speedloaders/pouches? Strongside? Offhand? I have to switch the gun to my right hand to reload due to the position of the cylinder latch on my S&W.

I have also determined through practice that I can only effectively reload .38 Specials (or +P) due to the thickness of my grips. That's a slight side issue, but one I'm glad I caught in testing.

April 25, 2014, 07:04 PM
I take it youre a lefty? How do you work the reload now?

Normally, you wear the carrier on the strong side, as thats the hand thats doing the reload. As a righty, I switch the gun to the left hand for the reload, and reload with my right hand.

If youre switching the gun to your right to open it, you could use the right hand version of the LFI/stress fire method of emptying the gun, just dont switch hands for the reload. In that case, you would keep the carrier on the left side.

Better yet....

Lefty starts at around 4:30


April 25, 2014, 07:40 PM
I am indeed a Lefty. I'm working on a reload solution now and am still playing with my options. My snubnose was originally intended to be used as more of a backup weapon so I never bothered with the reload. I will watch the video, I'm definitely open to ideas. For what it's worth, I'm using Safariland COMP 1s.

April 25, 2014, 09:24 PM
There are absolutely none better than Matt Del Fatti's SLC-2 for the Safariland loaders.

They're the absolute best in quality, and like everything Matt Makes, of top notch design.


April 25, 2014, 09:27 PM
Wow, a carrier thought out just for the COMPs. Love it!

May 7, 2014, 04:40 AM
AK, I've never seen those Safariland split 6 holders before, I might have to invest in some of those. Not a bad price either. Looks to be about ~$23 for the doubles.

For EDC I've just been using a belt carrier that holds 6 spare rounds in loops. It almost looks like the split 6's could be somewhat concealable. For qualifying on the range I switch to my double speed loader holder, the traditional ones that hangout in front of the belt.

May 7, 2014, 06:13 AM
My Safariland split 6s arrived the other day. I've been scrambling to finish loading all my .357s so I could start on some .38 Special +P loads. Just finished them last night and they work great with the pouches. Now I just need to wait for the weekend to test the loads at the range.

I have done quite a bit of practice using .38 Special Snap Caps and the reload is starting to come together for me. It is definitely slower than what I'm used to for my other guns, but the most annoying part is picking up the darn Snap Caps off the ground to reset the speedloaders!:cuss:

May 7, 2014, 09:30 AM
If concealability is important then use a dump pouch or Speed Strips.

May 7, 2014, 05:38 PM
I had to go do some shopping today and took the COMP Is along in their split six pouches. Since it was hot today, the only thing covering them was a T-shirt. Everything went fine, so it seems to work great.

May 9, 2014, 05:44 PM
Glad it's working for you! :)

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