Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Speedloaders

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by KMKeller, Jan 9, 2003.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. KMKeller

    KMKeller Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    1,633
    Location:
    NC
    Okay, I realize that I'm driving everyone nuts with my new purchase, but the next question looms on the horizon:

    What speedloaders to you kind folks recommend for a J frame 5 shot S&W revolver?

    Thanks again,

    Kirk
     
  2. BLiTzNicK

    BLiTzNicK Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    141
    Location:
    Kentucky
    I like the HKS. I think the model number is 36A. It holds the rounds securely, and releases them with a simple twist.
     
  3. LWCmdr45

    LWCmdr45 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2002
    Messages:
    90
    Location:
    Central Texas
    I can only think of three "speed" methods of carrying spare ammo for a J-frame: the HKS speedloader, the Safariland Comp I speedloader and the Bianchi Speed Strip. Taking into consideration that I use my J-frames as BUG's, I like the Comp I for pocket carry when I'm using a covering garment with side pockets, but usually just stick a Speed Strip in my pants pocket.

    Steve
     
  4. trapshooter

    trapshooter Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    476
    Location:
    Missouri
    I used the HKS with my M36 Smith. One thing to remember is to check function if you have oversize grips. Speed loaders may not be so speedy in that case.
     
  5. ruger357

    ruger357 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    1,585
    Location:
    RI
    Plan on picking up a HKS when I get my 649 next Friday.
     
  6. Prof

    Prof Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    363
    Location:
    California
    Safariland work best for me: easier to release than having to twist. Both are good speedloaders.
     
  7. M58

    M58 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    314
    I vote for the speed strip.
    Flat...
     
  8. GoldenLoki

    GoldenLoki Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    101
    I like Safariland Comp I for speed and ease of use. But they are lumpy, not convenient to carry, so get left home a lot.

    I like Bianchi Speed Strips because they are flat and easier to conceal. But they should be called Bianchi Convenient Carry strips, cause they ain't speedy:p They also get left home a lot because pockets are full of change, keys, billfold, and a S&W 360.

    I most often end up carrying extra ammo, when I carry extra ammo) on a belt slide.

    [​IMG]

    GL
     
  9. Vern

    Vern Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    20
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've always preferred the S.L. Variants for my 5 shot and my 7 shot. Similar to Comp III's, they require a "push" to load versus the "twist" of the HKS loaders.

    The angle that the round sits in the loader can be adjusted for fine tuning.

    They're pricey, but I think they're worth it.

    Speedstrips work well and carry pretty easy in a pocket.
     
  10. Anthony

    Anthony Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    572
    I use both with my J's.

    Safariland's if I need to manipulate the loader with my left hand.

    HKS if I can use my preferred right hand method.

    Of the two I prefer HKS overall for their durability. Not that the Safarilands break easily, but the HKS's are that rugged.

    That said, Bianchi Speedstrips are my most commonly used loading device for these little wheelguns.

    - Anthony
     
  11. VictorLouis

    VictorLouis Guest

    On the contrary,

    I don't find the Comp I to be too bulky for pocket carry even in jeans. I prefer it to the HKS by a wide margin. Of course, the Bianchi Convenient to Carry Strip is always on-hand, also.:D
     
  12. MJRW

    MJRW Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    1,009
    Location:
    Virginia
    I have more faith in the HKS speed loader. The thing I like best about revolvers is reliability. It doesn't seem quite right to me that I have an EXTREMELY reliable revolver but I might conceivably have these 6 or 12 or 18 extra rounds and they're stuck in a speed loader. I know it ain't likely, but it just doesn't sit right with me.
     
  13. Prodigalshooter

    Prodigalshooter Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    574
    Location:
    SoCal Gulag
    The Safariland Comps are very user friendly, just push down into cylinder and they pop free, no twisting. They are also a bit shorter than the HKS model. But the HKS is a good unit, just a tad slower, IMHO.;)
     
  14. WESHOOT2

    WESHOOT2 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    854
    Location:
    Vermont
    IME

    I have never had a (dropped) HKS drop loaded cartridges. Slower, but IMNSLE more reliable for social carry.

    Racing only? The Safariland Comps are faster.
     
  15. NEon

    NEon Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    74
    Speed strip. Anything else is alot of bulk for that kind of carry for me. Speed strip is nice for reloading only one or two rounds, however, to each his own!
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page