Quandary: Revolver Reloads

Not too unlike their semiauto counterparts, there are multiple ways to reload a revolver. You might think that reloading a pistol is a fairly straight forward task, just get it done. I, however, am a technical shooter, and it is never that easy. I always critique the technique, refine it as best I can, experiment with variations, until finally I end up somewhere that I am content. With the semi auto it was advice from Todd Green that influenced my reload technique the most. So far, I haven’t found the Todd Green of revolver shooting to help me out, but I keep my eye’s open. 

So back to the point. I settled on the reload method that I did because it is fairly universal, although not without its problems. It will work on most any revolver relatively well (hence the name), which is one of the primary reasons I am using it. I like having a reload technique that is tranferable from one revolver to the next, regardless of frame size or barrel length (and subsequently ejector rod length). It also allows the most difficult task associated with the reload to be accomplished with the most dextrous hand. Works well with the one handed reload by allowing the revolver to be stuffed in the left pocket since the reload is kept in the right pocket, and works well with a flashlight believe it or not. 

I have been considering though if there might be a quicker method to reload. If you watch many competitive shooters run revolvers, a large portion of not most of them will maintain the gun in the shooting hand and eject/reload the cylinder with the weak hand. I call this a clue. The catch is, the may be running moonclips, which makes the rounds eject better, and they definitely are not running small framed or short barreled revolvers. So the search is on. The quickest reload possible while maintaining key attributes of a reload technique intended primarily for defensive use.

  • The technique has to be reliable and as fumble free as possible.
  • Ability to incorporate the flashlight into the reload.
  • Facilitiates the one handed reload with equipment positioning.
  • Works with speedloaders, speed strips, and loose rounds.
  • Is as universal as possible to have commonality of technique from one revolver to the next. 

Currently, the alternative option I have been considering is a hybrid version of the typical competition reload and Michael de Bethencourts reload that he explains in the video below

Where my version differs is that instead of rotating the revolver up and hitting the ejector rod with the outside of the palm, I am hitting the ejector rod with the inside of the hand like in the “Stressfire Reload” and like a lot of competitive shooters do. I feel this is quicker, although perhaps not as forecful of a method. 

It even works with a flashlight.

I think it is definitely faster, and works well with Safariland Comp II loaders, but I am not sure it meets all of the other criteria yet. I have put a lot of work into reloads, so reprogramming the technque takes a little time. I plan to dedicate to this reload technique for the time being and really try to work out the details. It will be my primary focus in dry fire, and next range trip I will be certain to put it on the clock. 

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