Quick-Loading Ammunition Accessories

There are a variety of devices used to reduce the time and/or effort needed to reload a firearm’s cylinder or magazine. Here are a few options.

Moon Clip

moon clip and ammunition
closeup of moon clips

A moon clip or half-moon clip is a ring-shaped or star-shaped piece of metal designed to hold multiple cartridges together as a unit for simultaneous insertion and extraction from a revolver’s cylinder. Unlike a speedloader, a moon clip remains in place during and after firing and is used to extract the empty cartridge cases. It may hold an entire cylinder’s worth of cartridges together (full moon clip), half a cylinder (half-moon clip) or just two neighboring cartridges. Some revolvers are designed to run on moon clips, but not all revolvers can accept them.


ammunition speedloader
image of ammunition speedloaders

A speedloader is a device used to reduce the time and effort needed to reload a firearm. They come in a variety of forms for loading either multiple chambers of a revolver simultaneously or the (fixed or detachable) magazines of semi-automatic firearms.

Speed Strip

closeup of ammunition speed strip
speed strips and handguns

A speed strip holds cartridges in a reusable plastic strip and is intended as an alternative to loose rounds in a pocket or pouch. The strip operates by placing the cartridges one or two at a time into their respective chambers and “breaking” the rounds off the strip into the chambers. 

Stripper Clip

ammunition Stripper Clips
closeup of stripper clips

A stripper clip is a metal or plastic clip made to hold several rounds of ammunition for easier and faster loading into a firearm’s magazine. It is called a “stripper clip” because after the bolt is opened and the stripper clip is placed in position, the user presses on the cartridges from above, sliding them down and off the clip, thereby “stripping” them off the clip and into the magazine. Stripper/charger clips have been used since 1889. In modern use, strippers are used to fill detachable box magazines for semi-automatic and automatic rifles.

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