EDC Speedloaders and method of carry.

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    EDC Speedloaders and method of carry.

    I'm in the process of acquiring my first Revolver and I intend to carry a speedloader, or two.

    There's a few speedloader companies that offer models that I like, but they all have a different methods of cartridge release. Some require that the activator knob be pushed to release the cartridges, one requires the knob to be twisted and another design actually involves the speedloader body having to be pushed against the cylinder to release the cartridges.

    The Speedloaders that I'm currently looking at are those made by:

    - HKS (release knob ~ twist and release)
    - Safariland ( speedloader body ~ press and release)
    - SL Variant (semi-extended activator knob ~ push and release)
    - Dade Loaders (semi-extended activator knob ~ push and release)
    - Buffer Technologies Jet Loader (extended activator knob ~ push and release)

    At this juncture I'm leaning toward the Comp 1 made by Safariland. I like the release design and compact size.

    I'd like to know which type speedloader you carry and how you carry them. Any commentary with your experience and recommendations are welcomed and very much appreciated.

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    HKS Is the ones I Like carry (2) stacked on each other in a clip on phone case weak side. PS Practice RELOADING ; )
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    Thanks for the post, hogdaddy.

    I'm somewhat confused by your method of carry. Do you stack (vertically) in a typical cell phone case? If so, once the top loader is out of the case, do you have any problem grabbing the bottom speedloader?
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    For competition, I use Safariland. For CC, I use HKS.

    The reason? The HKS carry the rounds more securely than the very quick release Safariland. I watched a video years ago featuring Massad Ayoob and he uses HKS, for that very reason, when he carries a wheelgun.

    If it's good enough for Mass, it's good enough for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    ...For CC, I use HKS.

    ...I watched a video years ago featuring Massad Ayoob and he uses HKS, for that very reason, when he carries a wheelgun.

    ...If it's good enough for Mass, it's good enough for me.
    I can't argue with that.

    Have you heard of the 5 Star Speedloader? They're made of billet aluminum.

    Here's their site....
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Have you heard of the 5 Star Speedloader? They're made of billet aluminum. [/url]
    Heard of them, but never seen one in the flash. Do you have any experience with them?

    Then again I've got a lifetime supply of HKS and Safariland loaders right now. Unless they really knock my socks off I'm set with what I have.
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    For carrying, I'd look at speedstrips too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Heard of them, but never seen one in the flash. Do you have any experience with them?
    Nope. I didn't know they existed till about an hour ago.

    Ran across them on a thread on the Smith forum. I think they operate like the HKS model, but made of aluminum. Not bad for 20 bucks.

    I read that HKS loaders secure the rounds a little loose, causing case rattle. Is that your experience with your HKSs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    I read that HKS loaders secure the rounds a little loose, causing case rattle. Is that your experience with your HKSs?
    Yes, but it's never been an issue. It also allows for an easier reload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cammo girl View Post
    For carrying, I'd look at speedstrips too.
    I like their design.

    Are they as fast as a speedloader, when loading the weapon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Yes, but it's never been an issue. It also allows for an easier reload.
    Gotcha.

    But never an issue with the rattle causing by-stander curiosity/alertness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Gotcha.

    But never an issue with the rattle causing by-stander curiosity/alertness?
    Never, it's in my pocket. Plus, have you ever heard change jingling/rattling in someones pocket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Never, it's in my pocket. Plus, have you ever heard change jingling/rattling in someones pocket?
    I hear mine all the time.!
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    I hear mine all the time.!
    Ten feet away, with ambient noise all around, can you tell the difference in the sounds with any certainty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hogdaddy View Post
    HKS Is the ones I Like carry (2) stacked on each other in a clip on phone case weak side. PS Practice RELOADING ; )
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    +1 on the cell phone case carry. I tend to use speed strips more often, but I do carry 2 HKS loaders at times in a cell phone case. Works out very well.

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