Speed strip, loading 4 in a 5 shot .38?

Speed strip, loading 4 in a 5 shot .38?

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    Speed strip, loading 4 in a 5 shot .38?

    I read about one instructor saying that you should have 4 cartridges in your speedstrip, instead of a full 5. His reason was, 4 is much faster to load 2X2 and not waste another movement to get #5. i tried it, and it seems to work. I load speed strip with 2 on each end, fast reload. Anyone heard of this? What do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OzarksMagic View Post
    I read about one instructor saying that you should have 4 cartridges in your speedstrip, instead of a full 5. His reason was, 4 is much faster to load 2X2 and not waste another movement to get #5. i tried it, and it seems to work. I load speed strip with 2 on each end, fast reload. Anyone heard of this? What do you think?
    Yes. I have heard of this and know of several people who do this. I expect it makes for a fast reload.

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    I do 2/0/3. It works well for me.

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    Please forgive me if this is a stupid observation.

    During this high-stress situation, you'd have to focus on making sure the cylinder closes while rotated to the correct position, so your hammer wouldn't fall on the empty cylinder before all rounds were expended.

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    Easy solution. pull trigger twice. or "tactical reload" with one good round left in :P
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    Well, different strokes for different folks. Why reduce your cylinder capacity by 20%? Makes no sense, to me.

    I regularly practice loading from speed strips, 2x2x1 in my Model 60, and 2x2x2 in my Colt Cobra.

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    From the end that has the little tab to be gripped I load 3, 0, 2.

    This allows me to do a "Emergency Reload" of two rounds quickly, gives me a better grip on the Speed-Strip and allows for a complete reload of the gun when needed.

    You can never carry too much ammo when you are in a gunfight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DistantHorizon View Post
    Please forgive me if this is a stupid observation.

    During this high-stress situation, you'd have to focus on making sure the cylinder closes while rotated to the correct position, so your hammer wouldn't fall on the empty cylinder before all rounds were expended.
    The thinking is that rather than sitting with an open cylinder trying to index the last two rounds into the last one hole of the cylinder, it's just a matter of "snap" "snap" continue fire. Getting the gun back in play quickly outweighs the "click" problem. You'll likely hear a couple or three "clicks" with a full cylinder anyway, if the pucker factor's up.

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    I carry 2 on each end of the speed strip, with the middle two open. I just carry two speed strips
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    Any Reason you can't just carry the proper speedloader?

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    The strips are noticeably easier to conceal, and I find that when I'm in "monkey mode" under stress I have fewer problems with strips.
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    I just bought speed strips and took them out this weekend to experiment/practice. 2+2 was quickest but for the afformentioned reasons I want a full cylinder so after several runs the best for me (at least at this point) was like "biker" said, 3+0+2, but man do I need more practice

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    It seems to me that leaving any empty holes in a speed strip is akin to the Bismark not bothering to top off her tanks when she had the chance. I just think of a speed strip as 2+2+1 (and I still have one left for ....?)

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    Here's "The Deal": if you have things resolved with 5 shots, great you can stand there bracing your shaking support hand on your left thigh while putting in new rounds, lining up 2+2+1 .388 caliber holes in relative leisure.

    If things aren't resolved, those two extra rounds make great speed bumps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by past60 View Post
    It seems to me that leaving any empty holes in a speed strip is akin to the Bismark not bothering to top off her tanks when she had the chance. I just think of a speed strip as 2+2+1 (and I still have one left for ....?)

    I don't know about you, but I sweat a lot and shake like I'm going through DT's when I'm involved in a Lethal Force Situation, been there three times.

    The 3-0-2 loading of the Speed-Strip gives me something to hold on to as I'm loading my gun under less than ideal conditions. Yes, I give up one round, but feel that I gain in security by being able to hold on to the five rounds that I already have in the Speed-Strip.

    To each there own, I know what works for me.

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