Speed Strips vs Speed Loaders

Speed Strips vs Speed Loaders

This is a discussion on Speed Strips vs Speed Loaders within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So I am looking at getting a revolver, right now I am leaning towards a Ruger SP101. I have never owned a revolver before and ...

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    Speed Strips vs Speed Loaders

    So I am looking at getting a revolver, right now I am leaning towards a Ruger SP101. I have never owned a revolver before and am not sure which would be more efficient/practical for reload. I know what a speed loader is and how it works. I am not sure what you do with a speed strip though. To me they just look like a rubber strip that holds shells, but I could be very wrong about that. Any input is appreciated.


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    The speedloader will reload you faster but is bulkier to carry. I personally use the Bianchi Speedstrips.
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    I am waiting for my permit to come in, then I will be purchasing a J frame smith. I have performed drills with both, and actually prefer the speed strip. If you open the cylinder and slide your right hand through the frame where the cylinder, used to be; then use your left hand to insert two bullets at a time into the cylinder. Pull the strip away from the brass, rotate cylinder with your right hand, and repeat. Tried finding a video, but no luck so far.

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    Many more years ago than I care to admit, I was a Deputy Sheriff in WI using a revolver. I tried both speed strips and speedloaders. I found both to be slower than using belt loops and pulling and inserting two rounds at a time with my right hand (I'm left-handed). YMMV!
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    Quote Originally Posted by keydet90 View Post

    To me they just look like a rubber strip that holds shells, but I could be very wrong about that. Any input is appreciated.
    You're about right. Speedstrips hold all 6 rounds and are a pretty convenient, comfortable way to keep them together. Not all that speedy to reload though......at least not in my inexpert hands.

    A speedloader OTOH, with a little practice, is very quick to reload, but bulkier to carry.

    As with most things in life, each represents a compromise and you need to decide which is more important to you. Where I to carry a wheelgun more often, I'd carry a speedstrip. For me, the convenience factor out-weighs the likelihood that my life would ever depend on a couple of seconds difference in reload time. But heck, I don't even carry a 2d mag for the K9 all that often.......so you may feel differently.

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    I have been carrying a speed loader,lol, and I found I have to carry my keys on my belt. Lol, otherwise when you pull your keys out of your pocket, your speed loader goes flying....get some weird looks that way!
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    Speedloaders occassionaly find a place in the car, but speed strips are always in the pocket. The speedstrips are much easier to carry.

    I load 2 rounds on one end, and 3 rounds on the other end, leaving a space in the middle. When loading the smaller j frame, I find it easier to have the space in the middle - the strip end does not jam into the frame that way. Your experience may vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keydet90 View Post
    I am not sure what you do with a speed strip though. To me they just look like a rubber strip that holds shells, but I could be very wrong about that. Any input is appreciated.
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    This is a frequently asked question around here.

    You should acquaint yourself with the tool.

    Use these parameters, for starters.

    Bianchi speed strips.

    Speed strips.

    Speed loaders.


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    Speed strips are sure easier to carry

    I have both speedloaders and speed strips for the 3 snubby revolvers I have used for carry. I agree with those above who say the speedloader is faster but bulky and hard to carry. If you practice, however, the speed strip is not bad for reloading if you do two rounds at a time.

    But I would not want to be standing in the open with somebody shooting at me while using either one of these devices. You would be a sitting duck for the several seconds it would take to reload. I think that once you empty your 5 or 6 shot revolver and the fight is still going on, you had better find some good cover before starting your reload with a speedloader or speedstrip.

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    One advantage to speed strips is that they fit pretty well in the watch pocket of most blue jeans, out of the way, and not in with your knife, change, and other pocket junk.
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    If you practic with speed strips, they aren't a whole lot slower than a speed loader...I often find the speed loader will hang up at times anyway and not drop the rounds cleanly...with 2 on one end and 3 on the other, and some practice, you'd be surprised how good you can get with the strip...of course, like others have said, if you have time to reload a snubbie, you could be running...I cut the soft tab off the end, without it, it fits in my watch pocket without showing...


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    So far I've only been able to get speedstrips that hold 6. I need one that holds 7 for my 686+. Anyone know if there is such a thing?

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    Here's a link with a good pic showing a speed strip in use. The article's pretty good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bps3040 View Post
    I have been carrying a speed loader,lol, and I found I have to carry my keys on my belt. Lol, otherwise when you pull your keys out of your pocket, your speed loader goes flying....get some weird looks that way!
    LOL! I've had the same thing happen. I like the idea of keys on your belt.
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