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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bowzette, Jan 3, 2015.

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  1. bowzette

    bowzette Member

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    I have a Ruger LCR which holds five rounds and a Smith that holds six in 357/38. I plan on buying some Tuff QuickStrips. Is there any reason not to buy strips that hold 7 or eight rounds instead of 5 or 6? More ammo or more empty space on the strip to flex in the process of loading. Or is the spacing off for reloading? Stay with 5/5 and 6/6?
     
  2. jeepnik

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    Spacing isn't an issue with strips. If you want to carry 8 round strips go ahead. They are a bit longer and also heavier when loaded but if they fit in you pocket or what have you well, go for it.
     
  3. PabloJ

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    Personally I would look at nine round .357 Desert Eagle magazine. If rim does not get in way of cartridge release that would give me almost two reloads worth.
     
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    No reason other then pocket space.

    IMO: A Desert Eagle magazine weighs more in your pocket then the ammo in it!

    rc
     
  5. ACP

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    In my snubbie class with Mike De Bethencourt he suggests that in the standard 6 round speed strip you leave a gap -- so you have 2, a space, then 3. itmakes for faster reloading.

    and, to quote Mike, how many rounds does it take to reload your gun?

    One.

    http://snubtraining.com/
     
  6. bowzette

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    thanks. think I will give 7 rds a try for both the LCR and Smith
     
  7. Twiki357

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    I carry two six round speed strips for my J frame. Pointed one up – one down are a perfect fit in an old style cellphone belt case.
     
  8. RustyShackelford

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    Massad Ayoob, Quik Strips......

    Author & tactics trainer Massad Ayoob suggests loading five rounds in the 6rd Bianchi Speed Strip then using a scalpel type hold.
    I can see the merit of using a longer Quik Strip for extra rounds but I would feel safe with 2/3 Quik Strips(safety orange) with 5rd of .38spl or .357magnum.
     
  9. BLU

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    Bowzette: Any particular reason you aren't using 5 round speed-loaders? I like the quick strips but use those primarily for my derringer and SA guns.
     
  10. rhinoh

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    I carry higher capacity speed strips than my snubbie requires- I figure having an extra round or two could be handy if one manages to drop a round while reloading and needs to recover quickly, instead of looking around for it.
     
  11. RustyShackelford

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    Handy tip....

    A Altoids mint tin can hold 2 loaded Speed Strips or Quik Strips, ;) .
    When I owned my Ruger GPNY .38spl I often toted 2 extra 6rd Speed Strips.

    Rusty
    PS; for a DA or DA only snub, Id carry the Quik Strip safety orange color so you can see it quickly in low light.
    I carry red and bright orange handcuffs on duty for the same reasons. ;)
     
  12. Ex-MA Hole

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    I load five rounds in mine. That way, you can grab either end of the strip and load the same way- there is now a "tab" at either end - graduate of Mike De Bethencourt' class many moons ago
     
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    BLU- They are bigger, heavier and not as easy to hide. I do carry those in a coat pocket. Strips fit in pants pocket easier, IMO.
     
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    And I thought I was the only person who did that. :D Actually mine is a nylon Leatherman pouch, but same idea.

    I carry old Bianchi Speed Strips for six rounds. I load them to the max. Of course I carry a six shot K-frame, but I did the same even when I did carry a five shot revolver. I never saw much sense in leaving those couple of rounds at home.
     
  15. bowzette

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    As Ex Ma Hole stated:
    BLU- They are bigger, heavier and not as easy to hide. I do carry those in a coat pocket. Strips fit in pants pocket easier, IMO.

    I haven't been carry any extra ammo and I'm more likely to carry speed/quick strips than a speed loader. Just facing reality. I realize the speed loader is faster and requires less fine motor skill I assume but not likely to tote it around.
     
  16. riceboy72

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    This is interesting to me, PabloJ. Do you mean you load your rounds into the mag and carry it like you would normally, via pocket or mag pouch, and then strip the rounds from the mag with your thumb directly into the chambers as you reload?

    And to answer the original question, I've looked at the longer Tuff QuickStrips but keep using the Bianchi Speed Strips. It's what I'm comfortable with, and I can do a decent job of reloading using them. I, too, load two, then skip a space, then three and carry two strips in an old phone case on my belt. Works well for my needs.
     
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    In real-life fighting situations I will be dropping the strip once the cylinder is full. No point throwing ammo on the ground. Just load the strip with what you need, and carry a second loaded strip if you want.
     
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    I always us SKS stripper clips, they hold 10 rounds of .38 Spec or .357 Mag. They are cheap and with a little practice it's easy to load 2 rounds at a time.
     
  19. Warp

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    I do the six round strip with five so there's a tab on both ends as well.

    SKS strippers eh? Interesting...
     
  20. edmo01

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    I put five rounds on a six round strip like this...

    The single round gives me a good grip location as I load two then two more. I'll load that fifth round as needed.

    Edmo

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  21. BLU

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    I guess I'm of the mindset that the shirt that covers my gun in it's OWB holster will cover my speed loader case as well. My pref is the speed loaders but when I carry the revolver in a Versa Carry, I do use speed strips.
     
  22. bowzette

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    Blu once I can handle the speed strips I will work on the speed loader as well.

    It seems that using a 6 or 7 rd strip for a J frame/LCR and 7 rd for a K frame would allow loading the chambers full and leave empty space to work with the strip appropriately. But this is new territory for me. Downside is size and weight.
     
  23. Ex-MA Hole

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    BLU- I pocket carry my J-Frame.
     
  24. ZVP

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    I carry 8 round strips
    What I do is load 2 skip 2 etc.
    If you punch 2 into the cylinder rotate it a little and punch 2 more in and for the last, lod a single do the same thru the strip and you'd be suprised how fast you can reload!
    I thought up this pattern while looking at my Model 10 and thinking how easy 2 shells load.
    The open gap gives you room to stretch the strip around the cylinder for the other 2 shells to feed.
    Try it
    you'll be amazed!
    ZVP
     
  25. SlayerOfBunnies

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    Hey - that's a cool idea. Thanks!
     
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