|February 27, 2009, 10:50 PM||#1|
Staff In Memoriam
Join Date: April 16, 1999
Tuff Products Revolver Quick Strips: Initial Observations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Though I didn't photograph them, the Quick Stop also works with .45 Auto Rim.
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:
Phone: 877 883 3776
|May 5, 2009, 04:29 PM||#2|
Staff In Memoriam
Join Date: April 16, 1999
Coming Soon: .41 Magnum (and .45 Auto Rim!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.