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Old February 9th, 2020, 12:00 PM   #1
 
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Speed Loaders for GP100

Hi everyone, I have been shooting PPC but am new to revolvers for this sport. Based on recommendations from our community in Canada, I went with Safari land speed loaders. My GP came with the factory rubber grips, and I had to shave a bit off to accommodate the speed loader. I seem to be getting on to it, but it is a bit of a steep learning curve.

I'm interested in learning about your experiences and preferences.



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Old February 9th, 2020, 12:05 PM   #2
 
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I like the Safariland but have been using
and have so many HKS loaders that they
are my primary pick.

I've never understood the complaint about
having to twist the knob of the HKS but then
I'm left handed and left handers do everything
better.
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Concur on th' HKS speed loaders. Tuff, durable. When I shot 6-shot GP's, I always had HKS fer my assured reloadin'.

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5 Star makes a great speed loader that clears the grip better than the HKS. We use them on the LCR - works better than HKS. 5 Star knob does twist in reverse to the HKS. That being said, I use HKS on my GP-100 and SP-101. Never used the Safariland.

In any case, as I'm sure you've found, a speed loader does "speed things up" especially in competition.

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HKS for me. They always work.
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HKS for me. They always work.
HKS here too.
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Safariland for me. Seems like I remember it depending on what grip you have on your GP. I have the large Hogue rubber finger groove grips and the Safariland works well. Don't hold me to the grip idea....it's been a while since I did my research.
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I really like the Safariland speedloaders. I've been using the Comp II version for my GP100 for 30 years. My gun has the original style two-piece rubber grip with wood inserts. I used Dremel sanding drums to thin and contour the rubber to provide better clearance on the left panel for loading/unloading.
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I have tried a few speedloaders: I don't like the HKS because you have to turn the release knob toward the gun and I don't like that (your opinion may vary); The Safariland Comp II are good, small and fit in your pocket nicely, but; if you are going into competition the Safariland Comp III are the way to go, they are tall and a little awkward, but in competition you aren't trying to hide anything, they are spring loaded and push the cartidges into the chambers. I have the Houge grips on my GP100 and have no trouble geting the cartidges into the gun, but you may have to do a little sculpting for quick, easy extraction.
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I primarily own a lot of HKS as I used them in competitive shooting with my Security Six and my SP101. They're a tight squeeze with the LCR's, but doable. I purchased a couple of 5-Stars for my 22 mag LCR because that's all I could find, they're pretty nice. I like the looks of the Lyman offering for my LCR357 and may get a couple.
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I've been using HKS SL since the 70's when I was a LEO, used most of 21 yr career. Have been using them for a couple of Colt's, GP100, and a Smith revolver. When the Safariland SL came out I looked at them and felt the HKS's were a little better built and tougher. A few fellow LEO's back in the day tried Safarilands, both went back to HKS's. One officer felt as I did that the HKS's were better built, the other had some problems with his Safariland's. Have around two dozen of HKS SL's, never a bit of problem with them. Just My Opinion.

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I think the HKS speedloaders are great. The Hogue grips make inserting speed loaders difficult. The original GP100 grips (made by Lett, I believe) had a relief in the side to allow for speedloader clearance. I would look for some original grips.

I also have two 5Star speedloaders. They are awful. They turn the wrong way to release the cartridges. They look pretty.
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5 star works well with my revolver but you will have to get used to the bullets rattling. I do not shoot competition but I do carry the gun and keep it around for home defense.

My one concern was that with some of my reloads, releasing the bullets was sticky, but with factory rounds they slip right out of the loader and into the gun every time. The speed loader is very well-made and machined from aluminum.
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Competition use the Safariland CompIIIs are the best. Just push down, when you hear and feel the release of the cartridges, close the cylinder and reengage. No turning knobs, no remembering which way the knob turns. Just push, click and close.
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...I also have two 5Star speedloaders. They are awful. They turn the wrong way to release the cartridges. They look pretty.
For someone who is a mechanic, the 5 Star speedloaders turn the correct way (left to loosen) to release the cartridges.

My first speedloader I bought for my GP100 was one HKS unit. Then I found the Safariland Comp II, shortly after. The HKS resides in one of my parts boxes.

I also use Safariland Comp I loaders, but for my .44 Mag Redhawk and .38 Spl Taurus 85. I recently bought an LCRx .357 3", so I ended up getting a pair of 5 Star loaders for it.

I still like the Safariland loaders better...
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