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Speedloader -vs- BUG?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Katana8869, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Katana8869

    Katana8869 Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    What's your preference? Pro's? Con's? Speedloaders are great and with practice they are pretty quick, but having another gun or a small auto readily available seems like a good option too.

    Sometimes I carry one or two speedloaders, sometimes I carry my P3AT in my left front pocket. I can't make up my mind which method I like better. What's your choice?
  2. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    When I was a LEO, I went through a live-fire drill conducted by a traveling training company. The scenario was a "shots fired" call, and I would have no backup. I asked the instructor what I should carry in the drill (regarding how much ammo). He replied "carry what you carry while working". I was still in uniform, having gone to the range straight from shift, and we carried the S&W Model 67 .38 revolver (this was in 1989, I think.) I also carried on my ankle a Charter Arms Undercover .38. On my duty belt were two HKS speedloaders for the 67.
    The drill was set up with pop-up targets, and they had made sure there were four "aggressors" in addition to the "innocents". We were trained to double-tap each aggressor. With adrenaline running, I, of course, was dry in the 67 when the last target appeared, simulating a woman with a snub revolver. I quickly ducked behind a corner, drew the Undercover, and double-tapped the target. One to the right shoulder, the other hit the hand "holding" the gun. The instructor then stopped the drill, saying I had reached the end. This was in a wooden structure made to replicate a three-room apartment. He went on to tell me that he was hoping to see a "tactical reload", rather than a second gun. (He did admit that the shot hitting the target's hand likely would have disarmed her, and I admitted that it was not my intended strike point.) I replied that, to me, the fastest reload was indeed a second gun, and reminded him that he told me at the beginning to carry what I do on the job. I then demonstrated a tactical reload for him, one for left-handed shooters, since I am a southpaw..
    So, to me, a capable BUG beats a speedloader any time. But, if I can have both...
  3. BikerRN

    BikerRN member

    Aug 27, 2007
    "State of Discombobulation"
    I prefer to carry a BUG or two, and Speedloaders for the "Primary" when I'm off duty.

    As some of you may know, I prefer Revolvers over the issued "bottomfeeder". :) I've always found a second gun to be faster to access than even shoving a magazine in the bottom of the handle of my noisemaker. It's not that I'm slow with an Autoloader, it's the economy of motion in drawing a second gun that makes it faster.

    If I'm off duty and I've shot through all my ammo in my three guns then I have bigger problems than an Autoloader can handle and my tactics sucked.

  4. pinkymingeo

    pinkymingeo Active Member

    May 31, 2007
    On my daily walks I avoid the OK Corral. Easy enough, since I live in Florida. On the other hand, if I see a bank robbery in progress, I'm getting out of Dodge in a hurry. I'm not Wyatt Earp. Don't get paid to run the Clanton Gang out of town, or clean up Deadwood. I carry a J-frame without a reload, and don't feel undergunned in the least.
  5. sean m

    sean m New Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Usually a Sp101 with a speed strip in the pocket, and a speed loader in the car. Always a NAA minimag in the front pocket.
  6. cocojo

    cocojo Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    When I worked patrol I liked to carry a back up, but not because of ammo and reloading but because of a problem with my primary. Now that I retired I carry my colt Agent or Cobra with two speed loaders.

    SAWBONES Active Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    The third dimension
    It's not an "either-or" proposition, ya know; you can do both, and if you can see your way to carrying a main wheelgun plus a backup wheelgun, then carrying an extra speedloader is easy.

    Primary plus BUG plus one or two speedloaders = EDC.

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