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Using Bianchi Speed Strips - modeled after the Massad Ayoob Stressfire Reload

Download / print out the Revolver Reload PDF



 Below is the web page version of the Revolver Reload PDF (above)

Version: 20130307


Reloading the Revolver using Bianchi Speed Strips

Illustration of the Stressfire Revolver Reload Technique

(Modeled after the Massad Ayoob Stressfire Reload with speed strips)

(Permission of Massad Ayoob was obtained)

The Massad Ayoob video is at this link

This illustration is for a dominant right handed shooter who is reloading with the right hand.


Illustration  1:


You have finished firing and revolver needs to be reloaded.



Always keep finger off of trigger until you intend to shoot.


Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.

Illustration  2:


Start lowering revolver.

Illustration  3:


As revolver is lowered:


-          Right thumb engages cylinder release latch (on S&W  revolver, thumb pushes forward);


-           Left hand fingers (middle) are against right side of revolver to press cylinder open (see next photo).



Illustration  4:


As seen from the right side of revolver:


-          Middle fingers of left hand apply pressure to open cylinder.


Illustration  5:


As seen from left side of revolver:


-          Revolver is now open.


Illustration  6:


Orient the revolver vertically.


Right thumb is applying pressure to the cylinder to keep it open.


If revolver has a hammer, then place the hammer spur into the web of the right hand.

Illustration  7:  Revolver is vertical:


-          Left hand is placed with web of hand against barrel, and then pressure is applied directly downward on the ejector rod (the web of the hand is guided by the barrel so that the hand goes straight down). One strong motion downward – to eject spent casings;


-          Spent casings are to fall to the ground;


-          Right thumb continues pressure to cylinder in order to keep it open.


-          Be sure to keep hands clear of area below the cylinder so that the casings drop free.

 Illustration  8:


 Another photo showing the spent casings being removed.


Notes and observations:

-method prevents fingers from touching the forcing cone which may be very hot. Thus, reducing risk of “burns” with resultant reflex to drop firearm.


-using barrel as a guide allows straight downward pressure on the extractor rod, thereby reducing risk of bending of the extractor rod which may render the firearm non operable.




Illustration  9:


-          Photo from right side showing positioning of hands.


Notes and observations:


-           Thumb on cylinder helps keep cylinder open even if you are loading on your side or back. Of course muzzle will have to be in downward orientation in any event so that gravity keeps the new cartridges from falling out during reloading.