J Frame with Speed Strips

J Frame with Speed Strips

This is a discussion on J Frame with Speed Strips within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have noticed in most of the photos that people post of thier carry rigs that people just put 5 rounds in thier speed strips. ...

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    J Frame with Speed Strips

    I have noticed in most of the photos that people post of thier carry rigs that people just put 5 rounds in thier speed strips. Why not carry 6? one extra round is not much extra weight, and you never know when 1 round might make the differance.


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    My guess is because after you load generally you toss the speed strip or speedloader. No reason to carry an extra bullet if you are just going to toss the strip. it would take an extra step to put that bullet back into your pocket after loading your gun.
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    Seems like someone commented on this forum that one of the well-known instructors that teaches using the snub does this because the strip is easier to handle with the 3/space/2 configuration and a bit easier to load (especially the first two). I tried it and it is for me at least.
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    That's correct Sheepdog. At least that's why I do it.

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    Just carry a 6 shot and load her up like me.

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    I carry with six in the strips for my J's and SP101. Five is fine for the range, but if I'm reloading under stress (ie a real world situation) the chances for dropping a round go up exponentially.
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    +1 for 5 in the strip. More to grip under stress, easier and faster to reload. Don't take my word for it. Have someone time you at the range, 5 vs. 6 in the strip loading against the clock. 5 is faster for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheepdog View Post
    Seems like someone commented on this forum that one of the well-known instructors that teaches using the snub does this because the strip is easier to handle with the 3/space/2 configuration and a bit easier to load (especially the first two). I tried it and it is for me at least.
    you are correct. but i still carry all six in my speed strip. got good at loading with six. don't know if i am faster with 5 or 6. never timed myself.
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    I carry mine with 2 and 2 spaced. Reloads are significantly faster than fiddling with that fifth round.
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    you are correct. but i still carry all six in my speed strip. got good at loading with six. don't know if i am faster with 5 or 6. never timed myself.
    I haven't timed it, either...it just feels less "fumbly." Under pressure, my fumble factor goes up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    That's correct Sheepdog. At least that's why I do it.
    Same here. Much easier to handle with only 5 rounds, especially if you have fat fingers like me!
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    Another thing to consider about the 5 vs 6. If, heaven forbid, I should ever become forced to draw and fight, and really not looking forward to needing to reload (should have stayed home that day), shift the paradyme. Just because the strip holds 5 or 6 rounds does not mean 1) that you have to wait till the gun is empty to reload 2) that you have to reload all the rounds in the strip.

    It is really about keeping the gun running. Just a thought.

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    And the nice thing is, I can carry two-or three-of these little critters more easily than I can a single speed loader. So, 5 or 10 vs. 6 or 12 sort of evens it out for me. I can make a hobby out of gadgets for my J-frame, though.
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    I have never carried a j frame or a revolver for that matter.

    How fast can you reload it with a speed strip if you practice etc...?

    I have seen people reload pretty quick with a speed loader but I can see why people would prefer a strip because of the bulk factor.

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    Talking J frame and speed strips

    I carry 6 just because I think that extra round might be the deciding factor that will save your life.

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