Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Revolver Gear

ImageCarrying a revolver means you pack extra ammo. Five or six shots may solve your immediate problem, but without ammo to reload you’re unprepared for anything else that might kick up. How you carry ammo and the gear used is just as important as your tactics and training.

For semi-auto pistols you carry extra magazines. With a revolver there are ways to carry loose rounds, speed strips, and speed loaders. Shoving a handful of rounds into your pants pocket is not advised. The ammo should be located and positioned in a consistent manner so you can get to it efficiently from any position. Below are a few things that work well for me. Your application, personal preference, or how you have to dress dictates how your carry.

I’m a big fan of pouches and carriers for the belt. I’m don’t carry ammo in a pocket. Your body position in a fight may not allow quick access to a pocket. I like it on my belt, and the ability to grab one or two rounds for tactical reloads – replacing rounds fired with live ammo -an essential skill for the revolver. There are lots of options for belt carry. The two I use most often are an old six round slide loop carrier from Milt Sparks and a pouch El Paso Leather calls a “2-6 Pick Box,” which hold six rounds in three separate compartments. Both of these allow you to carry extra ammo in a fairly concealable manner with quick access.

I’ve tried speed strips, which are like metal stripper clips for ammo except made of rubber so you can strip rounds off once they are chambered. They are a good way to carry ammo, but for me they are difficult to carry and my old hands don’t work with them very well. If you do carry strips they should be inside a pouch. You can put a strip in your pocket, but over time the rounds will twist loose and attract lint and grime like a magnet.

Speed loaders are almost like carrying a magazine, it just takes a little more skill to work them. With a revolver if you’ve fired until empty, or shot four out of the six rounds it holds, dumping everything and loading all six chambers fresh is the way to go. This is the job of the speed loader. The disadvantage is they are bulky, making them more difficult to conceal. I use El Paso Leather’s Double Speed Loader pouch.

The key with revolvers, as with all weapons, is learning how to operate them and the related gear. This process takes a little more time and research because there are several options for manipulating revolvers, like keeping it in the strong hand to manipulate or swapping it over to the support hand. There are also a variety of ways to carry ammo. Once you determine what works well for you then make time for plenty of practice.

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June 7, 2012 - Posted by | Gear, Revolvers

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