How to reload a concealed carry revolver

Do you carry a revolver for personal protection? While the odds are low that you’ll need to, you need to learn how to reload a concealed carry revolver. In this short video I show my preferred loading technique, and have some recommendations on gear that you can use to practice how to reload a concealed carry revolver.

First up, for this video I’m using a Ruger LCRx in 3-inch. I like this specific model because the extra inch of barrel makes the gun easier to shoot, and the adjustable sights mean I can zero it for my carry ammo of choice. Speaking of, my carry ammo is Federal Gold Medal Match 148gr lead wadcutters, because out of a small, lightweight revolver they are easy to shoot, accurate, and meet the FBI standards for penetration. No, they don’t expand, but with a snub-nosed .38, expansion is secondary to penetration.

To actually carry my reload, in this video I’m using a Speed Beez speedloader. Other great options for speedloaders for concealed carry are the Safariland Comp-II or Comp-I loaders. These are great because they can be used with either hand, and don’t require you to immobilize the cylinder when you reload. This is important, because as you learn how to reload a concealed carry revolver, you’ll see that there are a couple of different techniques. I like to keep the revolver in my shooting hand and reload with my support hand. That method requires me to use a push-type speedloader like the Speed Beez. Noted revolver expert Jerry Miculek changes the gun to his support hand when he reloads, and he probably knows a thing or two about shooting a revolver.

To keep track of my reloads I always use a shot timer, in this case a CED Pocket Pro 2. It’s important to use a shot timer to keep track of your times, because it provides objective feedback on whether your training is working. If you’re going to carry one of these guns, you DEFINITELY need to train with it!

Caleb Giddings
Caleb Giddings is a scotch enthusiast with a writing problem, which is apparently common for writers. He also shoots some guns or something, and is a Master Class shooter in IDPA and NRA Action Pistol. You should definitely follow him on instagram