If you are carrying a revolver for self-defense, competition, as a trail gun, or for just about any other purpose, a reload is a good idea. The best reload for a revolver (other than a second revolver, of course) is a speedloader, and speedloaders are best carried in dedicated holders. I am on the hunt for the perfect speedloader holder, so I recently purchased a few Ready Tactical Speedloader Holders to try out.
Ready Tactical Speedloader Holders
Each of the Ready Tactical speedloader holders are made from a single piece of Kydex. Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of these holders is the oversized belt clip. As it turns out, I really like the clip. The large size and gentle sweep allows the pouch to slide onto the belt easily, while retaining it securely.
Because the one-piece construction, there is a double-layer of Kydex inside the holder. I don’t especially like this because because it creates a gap between the loader body and the holder at 11 o’clock. This may seem like a minor cosmetic difference, but I believe it has an effect on how securely some speedloaders are held in place. It also makes the holder slightly larger than it absolutely has to be, which is not a real concern in competition, but is in daily carry.
The Bottom Line
I’m not really in love with these for my S.L. Variants. The holder just doesn’t let them seat deeply enough, and the slightly tapered nature of the loader body makes them just a bit too loose for my liking. I can’t afford to lose an S.L. Variant for two reasons: the cost and difficulty of replacement, and the bind it might put me in if using the gun for self defense. I also don’t want to have one come tumbling out in Home Depot.
I’m also not crazy about these for HKS speedloaders. Because they seat so deeply you are forced to remove the speedloader by the knob. This makes me extremely uncomfortable with HKS loaders because a twist of the knob upon withdrawal means you could suddenly find yourself with an empty speedloader in your hand, and speedloader pouch full of loose rounds.
For now I’m going to keep looking for my perfect speedloader holder and those reviews are coming soon. In the meantime, these seem to be a great option for competition use with Safariland Comp III loaders which have an actual handle. I think there are better options out there for defensive use, however. Ready Tactical Speedloader Holders are extremely well-made and durable, and if they fit your speedloaders and use-case, I would recommend them highly.