Jay G. sent me this link to a video clip he did on reloading his Smith and Wesson J-frame snub.
He is using a Maxfire speed loader in the first video, a HKS in the second and a Bianchi Speed Strip in the third.
The video clip is at Marooned
It is a very good piece of work and with Jay’s permission I would like to share a few thought that I hope will be of some value.
When reloading the snub while it is still held in you right hand, consider keeping the pad of your right hand thumb on the flat edge of the exposed hammer spur (NOT on the cocking surface of the hammer.) This will help keep you thumb out of the way when reloading with speed loaders.
You can also keep the pad of the thump high on the back strap and on the knuckle if you rather.
Unconsciously letting the thumb drift near the cylinder release is very natural with shooters skilled in any of the traditional FBI or LFI first stage (acess the cylinder release) revolver reloading methods.
That is not a criticism just an observation.
I think that Jay’s reloading method with the Maxfire is an improvement over their own directions. Pealing the rounds out rather than sliding them out will put less strain on the crane. I have seen shooters swipe the Maxfire rounds off with such force that they bend the crane and take the snub out of action.
While I am more prone to recommend the DADE loader before recommending the Maxfire, some shooters prefer it. For those who do I will start recommending Jay’s technique. – Thank you Jay.
With the snub in your right hand and the HKS speed loader in your left, consider inserting the index finger of your right hand through the window of the frame.
This keeps your finger off the trigger, and will prevent the cylinder from “flapping” back in to the frame of the snub. If the cylinder gets to close to the frame it will prevent you from reloading with the speed loader
More importantly, keeping your index finger through the window of the frame and in contact with the cylinder will prevent the cylinder from “rolling” out from under alignment while you are trying to orient the rounds.
This is easier for shooter with long fingers but can be accomplished my nearly every snub owner.
Last is the Speed Strip. Both Massad Ayoob and I have noted the mechanical advantages of down-loading the Speed Strips by one or two rounds. Massad has argued in favor for down loading to 5-rounds. I argue for down loading to 4-rounds.
Regardless, an important learning point Jay points out is the ability to load two rounds at a time into the cylinder. In keeping with Jay’s demonstrated loading method I would recommend that he try his current loading technique with a Speed Strip loaded with only 5-rounds and leave an empty holding hole closest to the Speed Strips tab.
That way Jay would:
1) Get more purchase on the strip when loading the first 2-rounds
2) Only have to insert the last (5th) round into last (5th) charge hole and
3) Could quickly discard the now empty Speed Strip
Again, thank you Jay for the great video clips and I hope we will see many more in the future.