There hasn’t been anything new in the speed loader market in quite a while. In recent decades, your choice was HKS or Safariland. Now we have an interesting new choice from 5 Star Firearms.
All parts are manufactured in-house on state-of-the-art CNC machines, and all loaders are assembled and tested by hand.
The 5 Star loader bodies are crafted entirely from 6061 billet aircraft aluminum. With the exception of a Delrin core bushing to ensure smooth operation, there is no plastic. The hardware consists of stainless steel pins, wire springs, and precision bearings. All parts are manufactured in-house on state-of-the-art CNC machines, and all loaders are assembled and tested by hand.
All of that sounds pretty high quality, doesn’t it? The resulting loader is top notch. The rounds are held securely and release easily with a simple twist. The use of a metal body permits the outside diameter of the loaders to be scalloped for an easy and secure grip, even in poor conditions.
The 5 Star speed loaders are available for a wide variety of revolvers including all the usual suspects, plus the 8-shot .357 Magnums and the very big bores like the .454 Casul and larger. You can check availability at www.5starfirearms.com or call (847) 731-7898. Prices vary, but range from $20 for the S&W J-frame and similar sized guns to $25 for the larger guns. Additionally, 5 Star offers a number of accessories, like loading blocks to speed the loading process.
In fact, the 5 Star loaders appear to set a new standard for quality in materials and manufacturing.
Currently the 5 Star loaders are only available in the natural aluminum finish. While some may prefer “tactical black”, it was not yet available at press time. I have assurances, however, that other colors are in the works.
Revolver shooters now have another alternative for speed loaders. In fact, the 5 Star loaders appear to set a new standard for quality in materials and manufacturing. Only time will tell if these speed loaders will outlast and outshine the competition, but I have a feeling that other companies will be trying to play catch up with 5 Star Firearms.
All prices as of December 2010 and runded up to the nearest whole dollar.
[ Duane A. Daiker is a contributing editor for CCM, but is otherwise a regular guy—not much different from you. Duane has been a lifelong shooter and goes about his life as an armed, responsible, and somewhat opinionated citizen. Duane can be contacted at Daiker@RealWorldCarryGear.com, or though his fan page on Facebook, and welcomes your comments and suggestions for gear reviews. ]