There are two schools of thought on optimizing a revolver reload with the loading strip. The first is from master firearms trainer Massad Ayoob.
1 – Fill your loading strip with five rounds while keeping the holding hole closest to the loading strip’s flange tab empty.
2 – Hold your open and unloaded revolver in your left hand. Be sure to position the open revolver’s ejector rod between the index and middle finger of the left hand and keep it close to the web of the two fingers. This is in keeping with Massad Ayoob’s mechanics of his StressFire reloading method. For more detailed information on this reloading method please see his book StressFire.
3 – Hold the loading strip in your shooting hand with your thumb and ring finger holding the sides of the loading strip. Place your index finger along the length of the back of loading strip with its flange tab closest to your wrist.
4 – Insert the two side-by-side rounds that are under the pad of your index finger into two side-by-side charge holes of the cylinder. Keep the pad of your index finger on the loading strip and directly over these two inserted rounds.
5 – Lever out the rounds by peeling the loading strip forward and away from you. Remember to peel in a straight line in relationship to the strip and do not attempt to twist rounds out of the loading strip.
6 – When the first two rounds fall into the cylinder’s charge hole, insert the next two rounds in the same fashion but do not attempt to remove these two rounds yet. Release the sides on the loading strip. Hook the tip of your right index finger under part of the loading strip that a moment ago held the first two released rounds.
7 – With the pad of your thumb on top of the loading strip and over the two new rounds peel the strip in a straight line back toward you and your center line.
Remember to keep the pad of your thumb on that portion of the loading strip that is holding these two fresh rounds. This will aid in levering out the rounds and prevent the loading strip lifting off the rear of the cylinder and taking the rounds with it.
8 – Load your fifth and last round in the same fashion you just loaded the above two rounds. Drop the loading strip and return to the target.
This reloading method is very effective for shooters reloading with either of the Ayoob’s StreeFire techniques or any of the FBI-style reloading methods. Please note that with all six of these methods the shooter’s dominant hand does the reloading and his non-dominant hand holds the revolver. As the snub training material I prefer to advocate is predicated on the shooter’s non-dominant hand doing the reloading and his dominant hand holding the revolver the above StressFire reloading technique cannot be the primary advocated method. Before describing an alternative “Auto-Pistol” reloading method in detail I want to note that a thoroughly skilled revolver shooter should be familiar with all reloading methods; StressFire, FBI-styles and my own.