Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by vito, Apr 5, 2013.
Two Speed Loaders.
If I use our LCP
One extra magazine
Admittedly a speed loader may be faster but with training both are fast enough.
I rarely carry a revolver anymore. I'm much better with a semi auto.
Be aware that you'll more likely need to reload if you carry a revolver than a pistol. You don't want to be asking yourself, "How many rounds have I fired?" after the initial exchange
much slimmer, and I do not plan on doing a speed re-load during some heated gunfight!
I do carry spare ammo, just so that I could top off after a shooting incident, in case of secondary threats.
Revolver on the belt? A speed strip in a pocket, and at least a couple of speedloaders, too. Speedstrip for topping off, speedloaders for filling it fast.
So, neither of the above.
And a speed strip lays flat and takes up 1/2 the space. So you could carry 2, maybe 3 speed strips in the same space as a single loaded reloader.
Also have a couple 7-shot L-frames that are cut for moon clips and that's my preferred reloading method. With the 357s I sometimes back up the moon clips with a seven round speed strip.
Have you ever tried that under any pressure/stress?
We did in the academy, when they demonstrated to us why we shouldn't do it...we had guys with combinations of speed strips in dump pouches or leather loops (I regret that we did have the 2x2x2 then).
Before you can reload a partially expended cylinder, you have to pick out just the fired shells...which are going to stick in the chambers as they have expanded...leaving the unfired cartridges in place. With just a bit of pressure, you can partially push on the ejector rod and release it...this rises all the cartridges and allows the unfired ones to fall back down...then you can pluck out the empty cases. Now imagine doing that under stress and not just pushing the ejector rod all the way...allowing a case to fall under the ejector star and jamming the whole revolver. It is like a double feed jam in a pistol and is just as hard to clear
It is actually easier, and faster, to dump the unfired cartridges into your hand, eject the fired cases on the ground and reload the cartridges in your hand...then add new cartridges.
Much like a pistol, it is faster and more reliable to completely unload and reload with fresh ammo
Speed strips are conveniently sized. That's about the only advantage. I'd rather have the speedloader because if six rounds aren't enough, I probably need the next six real, real quick.
As 9mmepiphany pointed out, if you want a partial reload you can just dump the good cartridges in hand, eject the rest and stuff all the pipes with a speedloader. You still come out ahead on speed. The only advantage I can see to the speed strip partial reload is that you keep all your ammo either in the revolver or in a "reloading device", rather than having it loose. I don't find this to be a compelling advantage, because I think it far more likely I will be faced with an empty revolver and a pressing need for more boom now than to find myself with a half empty revolver and a lull in the "action" with which to make a partial reload.
There's also the idea that you can get two rounds into the revolver quickly with the speed strip but I'd be willing to bet that in the same time you could have reloaded all six chambers with a speedloader.
The speed strip you have with you is better than the speedloader you leave at home... but it's better to have the speedloader.
I've never trained like this, and that is very smart training technique. Thank you for sharing.
Those are my preferences too...I'd even be tempted to get 5-Star speedloaders before HKS, because they rotate, to release, in the correct direction (into the window)
This is what my experience has shown also
Yup, a speed loader will load 6 just as fast, if not faster (one less motion) as you can load 2 with a speed strip.
If you really wanted to just load 2, a 2x2x2 holder is also faster (also one less motion)
Clairvoyance is a wonderful trait that would be nice to have. Since I don't I'll stick with the It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it principle.
Speed loaders. If I just need to top off I can twist the knob on the speed loader while is is still in my pocket to release the cartridges and remove what I need to complete the Tactical reload.
If I could just manage to find a 5 shot Centennial type in 41 mag for my back up.
I carry one revolver.
If I need more, I don't think a reload will help.
I'll just bend over & kiss my behind goodbye.
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