Snub Training – Quick Strip techniques

Dear Michael

Do Quick Strip loading strips have an enclosed metal backbone like the original Bianchi speed strips did? Without metal backbone my experience has been that when you put two rounds in the cylinder and twist the two rounds in the cylinder stay attached to the strip and the third round falls free. This is certainly an unfavorable experience. What are you thoughts?

W. P.


Quick Strip 8-round .38/.357 loading strip

Quick Strip 8-round .38/.357 loading strip

Dear W. P.:

I hope this note finds you well.

I am familiar with the situation where the third round can be levered out of the strips but this is generally due to a shooter’s re-loading technique rather than to a design features in either brand of strip.

Let me explain.

A shooter has four options for pealing or prying off the rounds from the Quick Strip and leaving them in the charge holes.

#1 – Twist parallel to the face of the cylinder  – to the left

#2 – Twist parallel to the face of the cylinder – to the right

#3 – Peal the strip forward away from the shooter – in a straight line

#4 – Peal the strip in or toward the shooter – in a straight line

These four options exist regardless of whether the shooter is right or left handed and regardless of whether the shooter is holding the revolver in his right or left hand.

Each of these four release techniques has its advocates and each has its limitations depending on the specific release mechanics the shooter is employing.

Rather then outline the techniques for all four of these release options, let focus on the issue of the (lost) third round’s release.

Generally the third round release trouble is encountered by a shooter who employs a “Twist parallel to the face of the cylinder” release, either to the right or left.

There are three reasons for the losing this third round.

1st – Either the strip is being “cork-crew” flexed at the same time it is being twisted parallel to the rear face of the back of the cylinder.

2nd – As the strip is being twisted parallel to the face of the cylinder, the twist permits the third round to contact the outer surface of the cylinder where it is then levered out of the strip.

3rd – Both problem 1 and 2 occurred in concert.

Again, without reviewing the pros and cons of all four strip-release techniques, the fastest fix to the lost third round is to abandon both the #1 and #2 “twist parallel to the face of the cylinder release” techniques and employ either of the #3 or #4 “pealing” techniques.

Try this quick fix.

1 – Load the strip with two dummy rounds – sitting them side-by-side and as near in the middle of the strip as you can.

2 – Open the revolver and drop both dummy rounds (held by the strip) into two charge holes.

3 – Then let go of the strip completely (This is a learning drill so we won’t be making this a habit.)

4 – Place your thumb directly over the two rounds. Be sure that the pad of your thumb is directly over that part of the strip that is holding the rounds.

5 – Peal off the strip in a straight line toward you. Remember to keep your thumb on and directly over the two rounds while you are pealing the strip off.

6 – Keep pealing in a straight line until the rounds come loose from the strip. They will be resting in the charge holes.

Once you have practiced this a few times you can repeat it with three, four or five dummy rounds.  By using a “pealing in a straight line” technique rather than a “Twist parallel to the face of the cylinder” technique your lost, third round situation should vanish.

I hope this helps and that you will give it a try.


Michael de Bethencourt


7 Responses to Snub Training – Quick Strip techniques

  1. Seth Cathell says:


    I appreciate seeing advice on speed strips as I feel most people end up carrying these over speedloaders because of the ease of doing so. I’ve started using your method that we talked about on the phone recently, 4 rounds in the middle with one in the front pocket and one in the back. I’ve also been practicing using them more with some snap caps. I think with practice they seem as easy to use as a speedloader. Hope to see you in a class soon, especially if you get further down south.

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