Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Macchina, Jul 9, 2020.
Thunder and lightning!
I have never been in a self defense situation where I had to fire my firearm so I have never needed a reload. I do not know anyone who was involved in a shooting who needed to reload.
For CCW, I typically carry a 357 Model 60 pro series OWB on my left hip. I carry a reload on my belt on the right side in the form of a galco 2x2x2 belt pouch. I do spend a fair amount of time practicing reloading from the pouch. While it is not super fast by any stretch, carrying a reload in this manner is much less intrusive than a speedloader. However, I carry both a speedloader and speed strip in my vehicle.
A quick story I will share. Four years ago, I was approached by a lone individual in a shopping center who initially was asking for the time. I was suspicious and told him I didn't wear a watch. This was true and I certainly wasn't going to reach for my cell phone. In his right hand he had a small knife that he promptly displayed and asked for my wallet. Accessing my firearm without the risk of being stabbed was not an option so instead of complying with his order, I threw my bag of groceries at him and ran back to the store entrance and called the police once I was safely inside. He took off out of sight and nothing ever came of it. Ever since, I started carrying a small pocket auto (in addition to my belt gun) that I can have my hand on and no one would be the wiser. That situation has taught me that ready access to a weapon is extremely important in a close quarter encounter where i do not have a means of retreat or way out.
Another story I will share, in the early 80s, my dads friend (former LEO) was involved in the defense of an innocent woman and her child while he was off duty. Only one shot was fired from a 38 special snub. That solved the situation. I do not know if he even carried a reload.
And it certainly happened in the CHP Newhall affair. Four CHP officers killed by 2 very bad guys.
I don't mean to be a smartass because this is outside the context of the OP, but the Battle of Roarke's Drift would have turned out the other way except for the British officers and noncoms and their Webley revolvers, which they reloaded lotsa times.
But back to the point, the only two instances I've heard of American citizens or LEOs reloading revolvers in a self defense shoot out have already been mentioned.
Two, out of thousands and thousands... Possibly more, but so far we've come up with two here...
There have been many cases of Law Enforcement having to reload their revolver. Ever hear of a New York Reload? Ever read the stories of some of those guys?
New York reload is the fastest!
That would depend on where that second revolver is carried. If it's in an ankle holster or even a pants pocket someone that has practice can reload a revolver already in the hand faster with a speed-loader or moonclips off the duty belt than reach for a deeply concealed bug.
Of course. That is a given.
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