Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

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Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Stephen A. Camp » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:21 pm

Hello. I have NOT actually tried these Quick Strips but have ordered 3 sets to try for .44 and .45 caliber.

http://www.tuffproducts.com/home.php?cat=265

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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby longtooth » Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:02 pm

They look good. :tiphat:
Report when you get them please.
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They Arrived Today: Initial Observations

Postby Stephen A. Camp » Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:33 pm

Hello. On Feb. 23rd, I ordered four packages of Tuff Products' "Quick Strips" for .44/.45/.460 and .410 Shotgun at $8.49 per pack. I did this on-line and communication and purchase verification were 1st-rate. My order arrived in today's mail, four days since the order was placed.

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The Quick Strips come two to a package. (Product # 7002-BP-44)

Like many here, I've used Bianchi's excellent "Speed Strips" with my .38/.357 revolvers but until recently didn't know of any similar products for my heavier caliber wheelguns.

The Quick Strips are very, very similar in appearance to the better-known Speed Strips.

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Shown are two Tuff Products Quick Strips. The front one is holding Winchester .44 Special Silvertips. The rear is loaded with Speer .45 Colt Gold Dots.

Neither caliber was difficult at all to load into the Quick Strip. I carried 4-strips around for 5 hours. Two were loaded with .44 Specials and two with .45 Colt. I put one strip of each caliber in my front pant pockets and one of each in my two hip pockets. One round of .44 Special came loose from the Quick Strip in my left front pocket. This was not a surprise as I've had the same thing happen now and again with Bianchi's Speed Strips in the past when they were just stuck in a pocket.

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More of us are probably familiar with Bianchi's Speed Strip (front) than the Tuff Product's Quick Strip (rear). The Speed Strip is loaded with .38 Special and the Quick Strip, .45 Colt. These Quick Strips are by necessity larger and therefore slightly less convenient that the Speed Strips in my opinion. I emphatically am NOT saying that this is any sort of major problem.

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The Quick Strips worked exactly as the Speed Strips have for years. They have the same "feel" when doing this as have the Speed Strips in my admittedly subjective observation. I found them neither harder or easier to use. If you can use a Bianchi Speed Strip, I'll bet you can use the Quick Strip with the same efficiency.

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When I carry a revolver like this Taurus Model 431, I've always carried at least one HKS Speedloader with it. It's nice to have a choice for large-caliber revolver shooters can now tote extra ammunition via a Quick Strip instead or in addition to a speedloader.

I am not associated with Tuff Products in any form or fashion other than this purchase already mentioned.

If you are interested, take a look at their site here:

http://www.tuffproducts.com , or contact via email at:

nattstevens@tuffproducts.com

Phone: 877 883 3776

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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby longtooth » Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:00 am

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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Mike1951 » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:48 pm

Just swapped some emails with Natt.

I was inquiring about strips for the .41 Mag.

He responded, after checking, that the .41 will work in the .44/.45 strips.

Also, .475/.480 will work in the .500 strips.

I ordered 4 sets to start with to accommodate .41 Mag, .44 Spc, .44 Mag, and .45 Colt.

Looks like I'll have some spare vacuum cleaner belts since I no longer have to make my own strips.
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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Mike1951 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:33 pm

Just to followup, I would not recommend using the .44 strips for the .41.

I do not think they are held firmly enough to be reliable.

Otherwise, fantastic product.!
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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Stephen A. Camp » Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:39 pm

Hello and thanks. I loaded some .41 magnums in one of the strips and I agree with your assessment.

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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Mike1951 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:14 pm

Just received Natt's reply. He said that they tossed a .44 strip filled with .41's against a wall several times without issue. However, he concedes that pocket carry might be an issue,.

He is working on a 'pocket sleeve' as well as a belt pouch.

If I can get some, I'll review.
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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Mike1951 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:39 pm

I received the belt pouch and think it will work quite well. Mine holds two Quick Strips for $22.99. There is also a single model available for $19.99.

http://www.tuffproducts.com/product.php ... 27&cat=265

Since the double with one Quick Strip is the same thickness as the single, I have ordered two more of the doubles. Then I have the flexibility or carrying either one or two strips. The design of either also provides a hidden pocket that can hold two loose rounds.

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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Stephen A. Camp » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:03 pm

Hello. I just ordered a couple myself.

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Got the Tuff Products Revolver Ammo Pouches

Postby Stephen A. Camp » Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:27 pm

Hello. Recently an order I placed for Tuff Products' carrying pouches for their Quick Strips came in.

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Both of these nylon pouches can carry either one or two of the larger caliber Quick Strips. They can be had in your basic black or "coyote brown".

Tuff Products didn't spare either the thread or the velcro when creating these ammunition-carrying pouches.

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This black pouch is carrying two Quick Strips that are each carrying six .44 Special Corbon DPX cartridges. The pouch has a very secure feel to it and that it is sturdy becomes evident quickly.(You can see the tab ends of the Quick Strips on the left side of the pouch.)

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The Tuff Products' Quick Strip pouch covers use very generously-sized velcro closures. These are just not likely to be a problem accidentally opening. They do make that "velcro sound" for lack of a better description, when being opened, but I'm just not sure that there is a way around that! (Stitching beneath the the opened cover is also visible in this picture. These pouches should be plenty tough enough for continuous long-term use.)The pouch in this picture is holding a single strip of .44 Special ammunition, though it is capable of holding two.

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A full-capacity "load" for the Tuff Products' Double Quick Strip Pouch is indeed two strips, each with six rounds but two more loose rounds can be carried in what the company calls "a secret pouch on the inside bottom"!

I apologize but I did not think to photograph the extra two rounds at the inside bottom! (You can easily see where they go!)

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In this picture, you can see the two elastic pouches in which each Quick Strip fits.

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Here is a view of the double pouch from the side.

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Here is how the double pouch appears on the belt. It will fit belts up to 2" in width according to the company's literature. The belt in the picture is from Mitch Rosen as made for Dillon Precision. The Tuff Products' pouch does not have slots. You just wrap the pouch around the belt and close it. The back of what is the pouch's cover slides up behind the belt and over to close. The pouch is quick and easy to remove without undoing the belt.

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In this picture, you can see the two .44 Special-laden Quick Strips in the company's double pouch from the top. The pouch didn't accidentally lean open and dump the strips despite being open with the cover tucked behind the belt for better viewing of the two strips. Tuff Products states that this is due to their using "two military grade vertical bartacks." Now I wouldn't know a bartack if it bit me on the backside, but I think that these are what appear to be very heavy, vertical stitching on each end of the front of the pouch near the bottom. In any event, I didn't experience problems with the double pouches, spilling their strips when opened.

I found that when practicing getting a Quick Strip at maximum speed, I sometimes accidentally grabbed both or got one while the other came out of the pouch and fell to the floor! I guess this comes from years of using only pouches capable of carrying but a single strip! I suspect that with practice, any similar "problems" can be overcome. If this is a concern, the company offers these pouches designed to carry one Quick Strip or just load one strip in the double pouch.

You can see Tuff Products' information on their available Quick Strip pouches (both single and double) here:

http://www.tuffproducts.com/home.php?cat=254

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For decades now, using flat-profile ammo strips and carriers has been pretty much limited to .38's and .357's. With the introduction of Tuff Products' Quick Strips for larger calibers and now, the carry pouches, big-bore revolver fans are no longer left out.

It is my understanding that a leather pouch for carrying Quick Strips is being considered by the folks at Tuff Products right now.

If interested, take a look at Tuff Products here:

http://www.tuffproducts.com/home.php

Based on what I've seen so far, this company is turning out quality products. I have not had time to try Tuff Products' Quick Strips and carry pouches out "long-term" but I bet that they hold the mark and toe the line. I'll report back in a few months should there be any "need". I doubt that there will be...

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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby The Annoyed Man » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:48 am

I have a question about speed strips versus speed loaders. . . . .

I have regular speed loaders for all three of our revolvers (two 642s and a Model 29), but I've never even seen, let alone used, a speed strip. I can see where the flat design might be an advantage from a carry/concealment standpoint, but do they charge a revolver's cylinder faster or slower than a regular speed loader does, or are they more of just a convenient way to carry spare ammunition without it being loose in your pocket?

I might decide to get a couple for the 642s, but I'm curious as to what your answers are before I go spend the money.
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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Stephen A. Camp » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:55 am

Hello. I do not find the strips as fast as the speed loader but find them a less noticeable method of carrying extra ammunition on the belt when carrying concealed. They are faster than loading by hand, though decades ago when I was a police officer, one could learn to load from cartridge loops two-at-a-time and be pretty quick. If carrying to use with a revolver in hunting situations, that they are not quite as fast as speed loaders is not an issue.

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Coming Soon: .41 Magnum & .45 Auto Rim

Postby Stephen A. Camp » Tue May 05, 2009 4:25 pm

Hello. The good folks at Tuff Products responded to the call for a .41 Magnum Quick Strip shortly after their .44/.45 series hit the market and I am happy to report that these will be available in the very, very near future.

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This Quick Reloading Strip is for the .41 Magnum and obviously holds six cartridges. I loaded this strip and carried it loose in Docker-type pants in a front pocket for 4 hours. All of the cartridges remained in the strip. Note the "bumps" on the tab at the end of the strip. They provide a very nice "grip" when using the strip.

Of course there is no need to carry these strips loose since the company offers carrier pouches for them.

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This pouch will hold two Tuff Quick Strips, but works fine with only one if you choose. It works just as great with the .41 Magnums as it did with .44 Specials and .45 Colt rounds.

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Closed, the Tuff Products ammo pouch is both secure on the belt and unobtrusive. This would be of less importance in the hunting field than would be the case in urban jungles where extra ammunition might need to be quickly at hand.

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If you already have the .44/.45 Strips, don't worry about getting them confused with those for the .41 Magnum. Tuff Products very neatly marks the appropriate ammo for their Quick Strip on its back. Nice touch in my opinion.

Tuff Products' Quick Reloading Strips are currently available for .44 Special/Magnum, .45 Colt, each holding six cartridges as well as one for .22 rimfire which holds ten and eight rounds in a strip for .327 Magnum. (It should be noted that the .44/.45 strips work with .410 Shotgun shells and the .460!) Other strips fit the following: .475 Linebaugh, .480 Ruger and the mighty .500 S&W. They are available in .38/.357 as well...but with eight rounds as opposed to the competition's six.

The .41 Magnum strips are expected to be ready for sale around the middle of May as are strips for .45 Auto Rim! If you want to pre-order, a simple explanation is at Tuff Products' site and there is certainly no "requirement" to do so.

Take a look at Tuff Products at www.tuffproducts.com for prices and other products you might be interested in.

Questions should be sent to Mr. Natt Stevens at:

NattStevens@tuffproducts.com

I am not associated with this company in any way but have to say that I've been very positively impressed with their Quick Strips and carry pouches. In my opinion, prices are not outlandish for the strips (two per package) and they simply do what they are supposed to do: carry conveniently and allow quicker reloading of extra revolver ammunition.

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I own but one .41 Magnum, a "shooter grade" S&W Model 58. Though I have a speedloader or two for it, I am very favorably impressed with Tuff Products' Quick Strips for it and will be using them in conjunction with their carry pouches in the future due to the "low profile" and convenience.

As a frequent revolver shooter/user, I appreciate having these reloading strips available in other than the .38/.357 version that has been around for decades.

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Re: Speed-Type Strips for .44 & .45 Revolvers

Postby Mike1951 » Tue May 05, 2009 10:36 pm

I just received my sample .41 strip, also. I really can't add anything to Stephen's excellent review. All of my previous concerns about fit have been resolved.

I will say that I have never dealt with a more customer service oriented, git-'er-done type guy than Natt. The .41 strips went from conception to sample product in our hands in one month.

With any caliber strips, if you choose to carry two strips in the pouch, practice your technique often. The one you don't grab may fall out.
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