The first DS-10-SPEED .22 caliber speed loaders were created out of need in 2005. I started shooting bowling pins at my local indoor pistol club in the late 90’s. They started doing this just for fun and it really caught on in our club. At first I used a 6 shot S&W 617 revolver, then bought a 10 shot revolver. I wasn’t too long after that I realized I needed a way to load it quicker, it was taking too long to load and this was holding up other shooters from their turn to shoot.
I searched a long time for a 10 shot speed loader and never found one; I finally decided to make my own. My dad once told me, “If you can’t buy it, make it yourself”. Having worked in automotive engineering most of my career and retiring as a designer, I started thinking of a way to make this work. Since the 10 shot revolvers have the rounds close together, it was difficult to make one using conventional speed loader designs. I decided that the rounds would be better held from the outside rather than the inside; thus the DS-10-SPEED open cavity spring retaining design was created.
A few of the very first hand made loaders had the push pins the same length but this proved to be too hard to push when loading the revolver; I then came up with staggered length push pins. This reduced the loading force by about 50%.
This is one the first DS-10-SPEED loader designs:
To answer the most commonly asked question: Yes, I do have a patent, United States Patent 7,323,835 issued January 29, 2008; unfortunately it is on another subject. After looking to see if I could patent my design, it was found early on that the concept was already patented over 25 years prior. Even though my loaders have the same theory of operation as a Dade speed loader; (basically, using an O-ring spring to hold the rounds from the outside in a circular array and a method of pushing the rounds past this O-ring spring), the DS-10-SPEED loaders look nothing like the Dade design or assembly methods.
Dade speed loaders:
DS-10-SPEED 10 shot loaders have an open cavity design (that is no material between the rounds) and use staggered length push pins rather than molded push paddles as with the Dade loader. Also the shape of the DS-10-SPEED loader, push top and method of assembly (bolt, bushing, return spring and acorn nut) were all designed from what was available in my workshop.
These views are of the first DS-10-SPEED design in 2005.
As a retirement hobby, I still like to improve on and come up with new designs just for fun. Loaders like the 5 shot mini were a lot of fun to design and engineer. The original handmade loaders are no longer produced but the new injection molded designs are still based on my original design concepts.
The view above is a 3D CAD rendering of the bottom section of the DS-10-IM loaders.
Copycat loader disclaimer:
All DS-10-SPEED loaders (even the new injection molded designs) are made of a durable self-lubricating HDPE plastic resin and have staggered length push pins to make loading easy and reduce the chance of damage to your expensive revolver.
Some other manufacturers of push to load spring retaining .22 caliber speed loaders have copied some or all of my original design features and styling. Even though some hard plastic or aluminum speed loaders look and function similar to or exactly like my design, they are not DS-10-SPEED loaders and I’m not responsible for the function of these loaders or any other spring retaining .22 caliber push to load speed loaders.