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jammed safariland speedloader ...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by lawboy, Sep 17, 2005.

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  1. lawboy

    lawboy Member

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    I have a safariland speedloader that won't release the cartridges. Anyone have a fix for this problem? thanks.
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  2. Malamute

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    I've had one or two that were stiff when new, I just pushed harder and they released. I loaded and ran them through loading the gun with them a few times and they loosened up.


    Is there any dirt or crud that got into it?
     
  3. biere

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    I only have the II version so posting the exact type speedloader it is would help.

    When I first got the comp. IIs I wondered at why I had to push so hard to make them release their rounds. But since I had only use hks stuff before this I was not used tp pushing the speedloaders and once I got used to doing it I realized I was not using much force at all and certainly not enough force to hurt the gun.

    Anyway, if concerned I would take the speedloader and use something other than a revolver cylinder to make the speedloader unload its rounds. A wooden dowl would be fine I figure and I always have something similar to that sitting in the workshop.

    Some explanation will help others figure out if this is just a new speedloader or a problem, but regardless a wooden dowel will let you unload the rounds and see what is going on.
     
  4. akviper

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    I noticed a few problems with shooters unfamiliar with Safariland I loaders at a recent shoot. While loading, they tried to hold the loader by the little knob ala HKS loaders. The loader could not function properly held this way and several rounds would hang up in the loader and not release. The loaders work best if they are held on the sides and pushed in without interference on the center knob as it must rotate to release the rounds. Try holding the loader on the sides and firmly push it into the cylinder. If this doesn't work, you either have a broken or dirty loader. I used the Safariland loaders for 15 or so years and found them to be very reliable and fast. Good luck.
     
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    Aren't safariland speedloaders in some versions actually rated for a service life, after some amount of use they are to be replaced I thought I heard?
     
  6. Malamute

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    I don't know about the Safariland loaders, but I have worn out a half dozen or so HKS loaders. The aluminum points that hold the rim of the shells wear, and causes the loader to lock up, and you are unable to release the shells. Rather disconcerting when this happens.
     
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    Hold it. Back up the bus a minute.

    Something ain't right here.

    If you wear down the points, the cartridges (shotguns and artillery use shells) won't stay in the loader.
    If they won't stay in, then how can you be unable to release them?
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  8. Malamute

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    The points are angled. The rims of the cases rest on the angled surfaces, wearing into the aluminum. at a certain point in the wear, the rims, when in the grooves worn into the loader points, won't allow the points to turn. I have a halfdozen or so that this has happened to, some would not release the rounds at all, unless the loader was turned upside down to let the rims come back out of the notches in the loader points, and some were beginning to get sticky in releasing. Inspection revealed they were wearing, so I retired them.

    If you doubt me, I will mail them to you, and you can try them. They are sitting in a drawer gathering dust. I'm not even interested in having HKS replace them (even if they would). I have switched to Safariland loaders and like them much more than the HKS loaders. I'll probably just throw them away unless you want to see them.

    I've always carried the HKS loaders in the HKS belt carriers.
     
  9. BluesBear

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    Just amazed that I still have some that are 25 years old and haven't worn any that way.

    Now I have worn some to the point that they wouldn't hold ammo. But they never locked.

    The only way that I see that you could wear them deep enough to be unable to turn would be to carry them for years and years without ever using them. But if you say you did so then who am I to doubt you.
     
  10. Malamute

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    I was pretty surprised too when it first happened.

    Guess it helps remind me to take nothing for granted regarding guns and gear. Periodic inspections are always a good idea.
     
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