Speedloaders vs. Strips
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February 18th, 2007 09:01 PM
Speedloaders vs. Strips
For revolver carry what is best? A speedloader or strips?
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February 18th, 2007 09:05 PM
Speedloaders tend to be quicker but bulkier. Speed strips fit in a pocket easier, but are a bit slower. Both take a fair amount of practice to perfect. Depends mostly on clothing choices. For a winter coat I would go with speedloaders since it is easier to hide them. But in the summer with just jeans on, speed strips because you can conceal them.
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February 18th, 2007 09:06 PM
I vote for Speedloaders. I've tried both, and found that there's less "fumble factor" than with strips.
February 18th, 2007 09:10 PM
Speedloaders are easier and faster.
I can carry 2 speedstrips for each speedloader.
So I carry one of each.
Both take practice.
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February 19th, 2007 11:04 AM
I had both. Prefer the strips. Less bulk. I could load both with equal time. Just takes practice.
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February 19th, 2007 11:21 AM
I carry and practice with both. In the summer when I am apt to wear shorts and a t-shirt the speedstrips are easier to carry. Other times of year I can carry one or even two speedloaders in a jacket pocket.
When I practice with speed strips I also practice partial reloads a lot. On a 5 shot snubby it may take as long to get that 5th single round in as it did to get the other four in. When I took Michael de Bethencourt's snubby class he pointed out the value of partial reloads.
February 19th, 2007 12:03 PM
Given the choice, Strips. Better for concealment.
Another option is the old 2x2x2 pouch. My dad was a Deputy Investigator in the late 60's and said he liked the 2x2x2 method because you could keep your eyes on target and pull/load 2x2x2 almost as fast without looking. I recently made my own after looking at the prices.
Note that it holds the rounds tightly and that the whole pouch pivots forward for better access. All this for ~$2 in leather. You'll need a couple needles, some waxed sinew, some dye, and a snap with setter... but once you're set up you'll start making other things too.
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February 24th, 2007 11:58 AM
While speedloaders are faster I prefer to carry speed strips for ease of carry. (thought I do keep tone in the glovebox) I found a really handy place to keep one is the watchpocket of my jeans. Just enough sticks out to grab but hides the rounds from view.
Last edited by Peacefulwarrior; February 24th, 2007 at 11:58 AM.
February 24th, 2007 06:09 PM
I'm Not A Cop...
So I'm not interested in cutting a few seconds off of a reload...
When I have the S & W 637 out and about, I just carry a couple of extra speed loaders...
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February 24th, 2007 06:17 PM
I like the strips, less bulky. Slower but easier to carry, fit right in the watch pocket of your jeans. Just don't forget to take it out before tossing the jeans into the hamper, they might just go into the washing machine. Ask me how I know this.
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February 24th, 2007 06:44 PM
February 24th, 2007 09:51 PM
I carry the strips exclusively. The speedloaders are great for USPSA competition, but they are too bulky for every day carry.
February 24th, 2007 10:11 PM
February 24th, 2007 11:56 PM
that's what i was wondering. i would have guessed they could be rolled but from looking at your pics it doesn't seem so. i would really like to know as well.
So do you just pluck out your rounds and insert in the cylinder? Or is the plastic pliable enough and spaced out correctly to insert two rounds at a time in the cylinder from the strip?
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February 25th, 2007 07:03 AM
Got both but the spring loaded speed loader is way faster. A bit bulkier but do-able.
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