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Safariland Speed Loader 38 Special Revolver

I own three types of speed loaders loaders for my 357 Smith & Wesson revolver. I have a HKS speed loader, a Safariland speed loader and a Bianchi speed strip. Of the three, my least favorite is the Safariland.  

Safariland Speed Loader
Safariland Speed Loaders


The concept is great. You simply push the loader into the cylinder of the revolver and all of the rounds automatically release into their respective chambers making the process of loading a revolver quick and easy. When it works, it works great. However for me, I can only get it to work about once every three times without difficulty. Sometimes, when I push the loader into the cylinder the rounds do not release. This happens far too often for my liking. I would hate to think that this may happen when I really need to reload quickly in a self defense scenario. It might be just me, or the technique that I am using but I do much better and feel a greater degree of reliability with other speed loaders.  See speed loaders at Amazon.



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Additionally, the process to load the speed loader is more cumbersome than the others. To load it you have to load it in the upright position, then turn it upside down, press it down while twisting a little knob to lock the rounds in. Another disadvantage of this type is that it is made of hard smooth plastic which is bulky when placed inside pants pockets. It is not a "carry friendly" device.


Recommendation: Not recommended

The Good: Great concept 

The Bad: Doesn't work 100% of the time  -  Too bulky for pocket carry  -  difficult to load 


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