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Revolver speedloader practice, tips etc?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by malleable, May 25, 2012.

  1. malleable

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    I'm refocusing on revolvers and want to practice using HKS speedloaders. I've done the basic YouTube, search but there are so many videos that contradict each other, I want to learn right the first time. I'm a visual person so is there a no BS video that stands out to you? Also how do you best practice? I primarily use WC so is chamfering worth the $. Tips/help appreciated.
    (I'm right handed)
     
  2. countrygun

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    The biggest tip I can give is to index the thumb of the weak hand holding the cylinder, at the back edge of the cylinder between the flutes so it is "in front" of the chamber. At the same time the index finger is touching one of the rounds in the loader so "finger finds thumb"

    Sounds complicated, hard to put in words, easy to demonstrate.

    On a competiton, service, or SD revolver, chamferring is worth it MO. I bought the tool from Brownells so I can DIY.
     


  3. cowboy1964

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    Watch this and practice practice practice.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXUwI_d8JlA"]037 Massad Ayoob Demonstrates the "Stressfire" reload for the Revolver - YouTube[/ame]
     
  4. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    I basically use the FBI method Ayoob described, though I don't have much issue with the forcing cone and I am careful to keep the gun pointed straight up. Dominant hand punches ejector rod.
    Whichever method you adopt, get 12 A Zoom snap caps and a few speedloaders (like the ones you'll carry) and practice.
     
  5. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    i started policing at the end of revolver carry for cops, but i was initially issued an L frame .357mag.

    i am primarily a right handed shooter so i prescribe to the method massad speaks of, using my left hand to invert the revolver and eject the spent shells and my right hand for charging the new rounds.

    the forcing cone burning my middle finger during the reload isnt that bad because i dont take long to do the reload.

    P.S. i use Safariland Comp speed loaders because they require less fine motor skills.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2012
  6. Bullman

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    Liked the Ayoob video, looks like it was well thought out. I, like cowboywannabe carried a revolver at work for a few years and that was not how I was trained so I don't know if I could learn a new method or not without a lot of practice.
     
  7. barth

    barth six barrels

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    I've got three HKS speed loaders and a belt pouch to carry them in.
    But speed loaders are bulky by nature and I usually don't carry them.

    Usually use speed strips and load 2 at a time
    and/or 2x2x2 pouch rather than speed loaders.

    Now for my personal tip of the day - LOL!
    The New York Reload.
    With 20+ years carrying I find the ultimate revolver reload -
    is drawing a second loaded revolver.

    I carry a S&W 640/357 on my belt.
    And an 11.1 oz S&W 342 ti 38+P in my pocket.

    That's the ticket my friend.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2012
  8. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I do it like the way Ayoob video was shown. Interestingly enough, I never watched the Ayoob video. I just did it by watching others shooting wheelguns and myself shooting wheelguns and see which reloading technique is the most foolproof. Most of the speedloaders are HKS because I find it hard to push the short button on the Safariland speedloaders. If I were to use the long button Safariland speedloaders then they're too bulky to carry around.

    I carry speedstrips with my snubbies because carrying speedloaders will defeat the purpose of maximum concealed carry of a snubbie.

    I agree.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Bullman

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  10. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    id love that if they made them for 2" model 64s.
     
  11. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Seth's Gunleathers. I'm sure they can make a rig for you.
     
  12. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    And it carries well too. The holsters spread the weight so well that I don't even feel it, not even when I sit down against something.

    Probably not a rig that you intend to chase a perp down, scale a fence or do some sort of ninja roll drills with, but for joe schmoe who wants New York reloads...it works.

    At first I did it for giggles, but when Seth's Gunleathers sent the rig to me and I tried them out, it was like, "wow, this rig might have some practical application."

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  13. Bullman

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    I guess I could get me some more SP101s, or...... start buying up some snubby 65s.
     
  14. Andrewsky

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    I think Safariland speedloaders are a lot better than HKS.
     
  15. malleable

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    Glad you found what works best for you but I prefer HKS.
     
  16. Andrewsky

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    Why?:dunno:
     
  17. countrygun

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    I won't buy a Safariland.

    I had one jamb on me at zero-dark-thirty one night. I can't tell you what caused it, but I can tell you that they don't bounce off a sidewalk.

    All I have now are HKS
     
  18. AA#5

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    I prefer to open the cylinder with my right thumb, hook my left hand fingers around the frame, turn the gun vertical & push the ejector rod with my left thumb while my right hand goes for loaders.