Old school video on how to reload a revolver

Official Indiana State Police training video, from their own YouTube channel, from 1988 of how to use speedloaders. 

At a glance I see nothing atrocious (except maybe that they seem to do it all with live fucking ammo) but as much as '88 feels like the other week to me, this was 30 years ago! Things do change and revolvers are not even allowed at many agencies now. 


When we hear the stories of the pup cops who cannot unload a revolver when seized from a bad guy, old info like this seems worth distributing. Not in love with their one handed reload. 

Also fun to see the belt line generally, in detail, and please tell me they don't wear those blue ties anymore. 


Lots of old videos on their channel, but all descriptions are just a repeated legal disclaimer so hard to search for them, or find much more context. 

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I didn't see anything out of sorts. 

We still teach loading and unloading of a revolver (dummy rounds) on day 1 of firearms training. Very brief, but we make them do it several times. They might end up with a revolver BUG or off duty gun. They will end up seizing a revolver from someone if they are there more than 5 minutes. 

A 5-year cop called me out to the parking lot earlier this week. He had recovered a stolen single-action revolver. He had no clue how it worked, and wanted to secure it before he brought it in.  I had to show him how that worked, how to take the cylinder out, and how to secure them in the evidence boxes. Never thought about single action revolvers since they're not terribly common, but they're out there. 

Revolver education should be part of every department training. So should shotguns, even if you don't carry them typically. 


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Thanks for posting the video.  When I started in 1981,  I recall being told that speed loaders were fragile and would break if I fell on them or got into a wrestling fight with a suspect.  I carried two dump pouches, with speed strips to hold the cartridges.  Placed them to the right of my belt buckle. 

I was the only officer in my regional academy class that used speed strips and used them during the Hogan's Alley stage of training.  The instructor cussed because speed strips weren't specified prohibited and gave me an advantage.  I don't remember being trained on one-hand reloads.

At the same time, Virginia State Police troopers carried one (1) dump pouch, no speed strips.  Around 1983, they switched to carrying two speed loaders, same type of pouches as in the video.

shoobe01 posted:

When we hear the stories of the pup cops who cannot unload a revolver when seized from a bad guy, old info like this seems worth distributing. 

We just put in a new indoor pistol range at our club. One of the prerequisites to get a swipe card for entry is unloading and making safe both a revolver and semi-auto. In addition, on the revolver, you have to show how to make safe from a cocked condition on a loaded chamber. One of the young'un ROs was going to walk me through it. I had it done before he finished his safety speech. We teach the drill at every pistol permit class .


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Although I prefer the de Bethencourt non hand transfer reload, I found the use of the boot and elbow in the one handed reloading portion to be interesting.  I also was not aware that the older speedloader pouches were tapered at the apex.


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I love seeing good vids on revolver techniques.  Tactical Revolver techniques are somewhat a dying art.  Yes, there are outlying folks like Jerry Miculek and other revolver competitors, but how often do you see people practicing with speedloaders or speed strips at the range?

I have found learning reloads on a j frame to be humbling due to the  slow speed and higher degree of required dexterity.   

I struggled with speed strips for awhile before moving to speed loaders.   Still use them when clothing dictates but damn am I slow with them.  

I have tried the Bethencourt, non hand switch method but keep having hang ups with my substandard left hand dexterity.  

Speed strips and loaders might be speedier than loading loose rounds but by no means are they speedy compared to a mag change. 


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