Monday, January 7, 2013

Reloading a snubby..... how do YOU do it?


I have yet to own a snubby revolver that will cleanly eject empties, or allow a smooth reload from a speed loader.  The best I have been able to do is scraping the partially ejected empties out and reloading from a Bianchi Speed Strip.

Do you own a snubby?  Have you figured out a way to reload it quickly?


12 comments:

TXGunGeek said...

The way I learned take a bit of explaining. Know anything about University of Texas? Hook em Horns? You do that with your left hand, the two middle fingers along with the thumb hold the cylinder while the outer two fingers hold the frame at the barrel and at the hammer. Use that wrist to hold the gun with the muzzle pointing straight up and pull the thumb away from the cylinder to push the ejector rod. That works with my full size K-19 as well as my J frame snubbie. Then reloading is pointing the muzzle straight down and two rounds twice and the fifth round form a speed strip. I have gotten speed loaders to work but they are a problem with the J frame. The Mrs uses them fine for her King Cobra and Anaconda but those are hardly snubbies.

Murphy's Law said...

Smith and Wesson 642 carrier here.

Safariland speedloaders are thinner and slide in better than HKS and I like their straightforward "push to release" feature (no twisting). I also use Bianchi speed strips--ones designed for six rounds, with the one closest to the grip end left empty just to aid my hand finding the correct end and give me something more substantial to hold onto. (Thanks Mas!)

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Never had a problem with my Charter Arms Bulldog. Swing open the cylinder, push the extraction rod and it is done. Use cheap reloaders. Insert, turn the knob, and done. I've not gone for fast.

A few years ago, started using Slipstream (h/t MadOgre)on everything and everything runs better.

Roy said...

Look up Massad Ayoob demonstrates the "Stressfire" reload on youtube.

GreyLocke said...

Used to have an old style Charter Arems Undercover .38 special, with no barrel shroud, to open I"d pull the ejector rod forward as the thumblatch was very stiff and slippery, I'd pull forward wrap my left middle and ring finger around pushing the cylinder open, then I''d use my left thumb to push the ejector, my fingers would be through the cylinder then and I'd give it a slight spin to get all the empties out, then I'd use a speed strip to load 2 + 2 +1, then use my thumb to close the cylinder.

I got rather fast until I had to sell it off to pay some bills.

Still looking for another old one.

Anonymous said...

Moonclips. You'll need the cylinder length trimmed to accommodate them.

Sigivald said...

I have an old Rossi with a 2.75" barrel, and it loads/unloads trivially.

Of course, while it's "snubby" in its barrel length, it's otherwise a full-size .357, so that's probably the difference.

One of those carry-optimized 5-rounders is another matter...

Carteach said...

With a small snubby, the crane doesn't swing out very far as it's limited in size, and the ejection plunger is not long enough to push all empties clear of the chamber. A really smart 'rap' will usually kick them all clear, but it almost feels abusive.

Anonymous said...

Check out Grant Cunningham's Universal Revolver Reload

http://www.grantcunningham.com/revolver-reload.html

Similar to comment #1, and it works for me.

Also, Tuff Strips are an alternative to Bianchi's, and they make a 5 shot version for snubbies.

Scott B.

dustydog said...

G36

A revolver is outdated technology; asking how to speedload a revolver is on a continuum with asking how to speedload a muzzle loader.

ASM826 said...

Dustydog,

There is a way to speedload a muzzleloader. That's why they called them Minutemen. They trained to load and fire 3 aimed shots a minute.

Carteach0,

I was going to describe it, but the pictures at the grant Cunningham site show it well. Polish the cylinder if necessary, but normally upending the cylinder as shown and sharply tapping the ejector will get them to fall out cleanly. Push-button speed loaders will be faster than the speed strip, but the speed strip carries easier in the pocket.

Anonymous said...

Don't miss your target with the first full cylinder :) My LCR is a bear to eject spent casings. I hope a quick reload is not in my near future. As I carry it more often than my SR9c, I hope five is enough. Multiple attackers are hopefully driven off be the muzzle flash of full bore 357s..I can paper target smack the sweet zone accurately as the SR9c from 25ft