OK, what is the Moon Clip trick????

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Rockrivr1, Sep 19, 2016.

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  1. AlfonsDeWolf

    AlfonsDeWolf Member

    Jul 24, 2015
    The Gorge, OR
    Hey 8ring, I don't moonclip and have no idea if your instructions work but they sure seemed thorough, well thought out and delivered.
  2. Master Blaster

    Master Blaster Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Delaware home of tax free shopping
    Thanks JMorris, now I have to figure out how to make it with hardware store parts and no machining or welding.

  3. jeepnik

    jeepnik Member

    Sep 25, 2011
    There are two tools clip shooters must have. A "Moon Tool" that loads all six at once into the clip, and a "Demoon Tool".

    California Comp Works has two of the best. They are available from Brownells.

    An empty clip can be loaded in about 5 seconds. It takes a bit longer to demon them, but not much. One of the side advantage of purpose made tools is that there is less of a chance of bending the clip.

    Insert a bent clip and close a cylinder hard and sometimes it takes a lot of work and many swear words to get the cylinder open again.
  4. Hondo 60
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    Hondo 60 Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Freeport, IL
    Different brass headstamps, fit differently!

    I have a 9mm revolver.
    Winchester, Starline & Fiocchi brass all fit the same

    Remington & PMC brass are a bit smaller so I have clips that I had to reshape, I keep separately & painted them yellow.

    I know, it's a bit of a hassel, but it works
  5. stiab

    stiab Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    Trick is it wasn't meant to be done by hand. Use a tool, they are easy to make or not expensive to buy.

    Last edited: Sep 23, 2016
  6. rbmorse

    rbmorse Member

    May 16, 2016
    Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
    I'll add a vote for the BMT tool, pricey as it is.

    In my mind, the key to using moon clips is to have a pile of them so I can load/unload them while sitting in my easy chair watching the TV. At the range I don't spend a lot of time unloading and reloading...using my revolver is just like swapping magazines with a semi-auto. Also saves me from having to bend over to pick up my brass...unless I drop the whole clip, which I've been known to do.

    Also, if you use quality clips they are not consumable items. They will have an impressively long service life. I use TK Custom stainless steel clips, but like the BMt Mooner, they're expensive, too. Sometimes, however, you do get what you pay for.
  7. v8stang289

    v8stang289 Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    Eastern NC
    Maybe it's just me but I have no trouble at all loading moonclips, the rounds just snap in without too much effort. Demooning them on the other hand.... I made a simple tool using a piece of ~1/2" ID pipe, one end ground down with a tab left sticking up. Similar to some of the commercially available ones. The cases pop off with a twist, and slide down into the tube.

    I use a mix of S&W and Wilson Combat clips, with many different brands of brass.
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