CK Tactical’s New Ripcord Speedloader For Revolvers

    CK Tactical released a new speedloader for revolvers last month that they dubbed the “Ripcord”. The Ripcord is a flexible plastic strip that holds individual cartridges, and once loaded, the strip is then rolled up and locks to itself, creating a circular shape to match the cylinder of your revolver. It can be unlocked using the tab connected to the lock. When a reload is needed, the Ripcord is used to line up the cartridges with the chambers and inserted three-fourths of the way. To release the cartridges from the Ripcord, the tab is pulled away from the revolver, which unlocks itself and the rotation of the cylinder releases each cartridge from the Ripcord. Manually stop the cylinder from rotating and close it to get back to shooting.

    There are several ways to choose how to load using the Ripcord as shown in the video below.

    Currently, the Ripcord is offered in five and six shot models for .38 Special and .357 Magnum cartridges, with seven and eight shot models in development, as well as different calibers. CK Tactical lists current models at $10 for two speedloaders and both are available direct from the company through CK Tactical’s list below shows revolver models that tt is compatible with.

    5 Shot Model Fits (38 Special & 357 Mag.)

    Charter Arms;

    Rossi: 68;

    Ruger: SP101, LCR

    S&W: 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 49, 60, 340, 360;

    Taurus: 85, 605, 651, 851;

    NOTE: Like all speedloaders – oversized grips, and large cylinder release buttons may interfere with the speedloader.

    6 Shot Model Fits (38 Special & 357 Mag.)

    Charter Arms; 

    Chiappa: Rhino

    Dan Wesson; 

    Rossi: 971, 951, 851, 351;

    Ruger: GP100;

    S&W: 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 64, 65, 66, 67, 586, 686, 581, 681;

    Taurus: 606, 65, 66, 80, 82;

    NOTE: Like all speedloaders – oversized grips, and large cylinder release buttons may interfere with the speedloader.

    Credit: CK Tactical Inc. Close up of the construction of the Ripcord Speedloader

    Credit: CK Tactical Inc. Close up of the construction of the Ripcord Speedloader

    I had some questions about the Ripcord and its development, which co-inventor, Chason Yaxley, was happy to answer. As to what inspired them to create their speedloader, he said that the two of them carry revolvers and they wanted a less bulky loader at a reasonable price that could still be consistent for reloading. He said it all started with an idea of what they wanted out of a speedloader.

    Currently, the Ripcord is only offered in black, however, Chason said that they’ve had requests for brighter colors and they hope to offer them in the future. He also said that he hopes to have the seven shot models available in about six months, with the eight shot models coming shortly afterward. I asked what methods of carrying spare reloads they use. Chason said that he carries his in his pocket, but that they do fit in some pouches. They’re also working on designing their own pouches as well.

    Credit: CK Tactical. Size comparison between the Ripcord Speedloader to an HKS speedloader.

    Due to the unique style of the Ripcord reload compared to other speedloaders on the market, I asked Chason about how many repetitions he guessed it would take to become proficient with it. He guessed it takes about ten pulls to get the hang of it as well as to help break it in, then beyond that, it’s just working on the fine tuning of your mechanics. The video below shows how quick one can be.

    I’m planning on testing the Ripcord out and doing a review of them in the near future. Let us know what you think about the Ripcord speedloader in the comments section.

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    Doug E

    Doug has been a firearms enthusiast since age 16 after getting to shoot with a friend. Since then he’s taken many others out to the range for their first time. He is a husband, father, grandfather, police officer, outdoorsman, artist and a student of history. Doug has been a TFB reader from the start and is happy to be a contributor of content. Doug can be reached at battleshipgrey61 AT, or battleshipgrey61 on Instagram.