Awright, here we go....
Whenever loading or unloading a firearm, assume it's already loaded and keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Be VERY SURE that you are loading the correct ammunition. Your firearm will have the chambering stamped on the barrel or receiver. On a revolver you have to locate the cylinder latch (as shown in the earlier section on revolvers at http://www.wildsurvive.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=73&topic=3269.60
). I mentioned before that you need to control the cylinder when it swings out, the best way is shown here, with the middle, ring finger and thumb of the left hand holding the cylinder steady:
If there are empty casings in the cylinder, use the ejector rod to push them out--be vigorous! You want the empties to fall free. Again, go to the link above for a refresher on revolvers to see the ejector rod. Now, if you are loading a single cartridge at a time it's pretty straight forward. The bullet goes into the chamber first and you'll still see the headstamp (the brand and caliber) printed on the cartridge base...:
...and repeat until all the cylinder's chambers are full.:
Now, close the cylinder. Remember to keep the muzzle pointed down so that the cartridges don't fall back out of the the cylinder. DO NOT snap the cylinder shut with a flick of the wrist as you may have seen in Hollywood! This is hard on the gun's crane which attaches the cylinder to the revolver's frame. Close the cylinder with your left thumb:
The revolver is now loaded and ready for use. It takes some time to do this little operation, but practice will make it go more quickly. Once you've figured this part out, it's time to move on to using speedloaders. Speedloaders are designed to hold the cartridges to reload your revolver more quickly:
You can't just use any speedloader for your revolver, they are model-specific. Although some can be used with multiple revolvers, you need to get the correct speedloader for your revolver. I exclusively use HKS brand speedloaders. I've never had any problems with their products and find them to be uber-reliable. The manufacturer's website has a complete listing of models to fit most revolvers:http://www.hksspeedloaders.com/SpeedloaderPage.html
The speedloader has little "teeth" that hold the cartridges in, and the silver knob turns counter-clockwise to deploy the teeth and hold in the cartridges (see arrows below):
When the cartridges are loaded into the speedloader, you'll notice that they have a lot of "play", or wiggle alot. This is what you WANT, because it will actually make it easier to load the firearm since you don't have to hit the back of the cylinder with the rounds precisely lined up with the chambers:
Start the rounds into the cylinder, you don't have to push them all the way in. Just far enough to guide them in, be sure to keep the muzzle pointed down somewhat so that the cartridges will drop into the cylinder.
Once the cartridges are partially in, turn the knob clockwise to release them from the speedloader:
Then DROP THE SPEEDLOADER. Practice dropping the speedloader
. You want to build "muscle memory" here, and in an emergency you don't want to be sliding the empty speedloader into your pocket instead of moving the revolver back into your right hand to fire. Practice using the speedloader and you'll quickly become accustomed to it's use.
Again, push the cylinder shut with your thumb, and your revolver is loaded and ready for use: