Have you ever heard of or seen a moon clip and thought to yourself, why would you want or need that? Or even, what does that thing do?
Moon clips are generally a circular or star shaped piece of metal or polymer; designed to hold rimless cartridges in revolver cylinders. Let’s take the S&W Model 929 for example, if you dropped 9mm cartridges into the cylinder without a moon clip, the rounds would fall through. Since the 9mm is rimless, it requires moon clips to secure the rounds in the cylinder and helps to ensure proper head spacing.
While moon clips are a key component to the functionality of many revolvers, they also offer the added benefit of being able to simultaneously load and extract all rounds into and out of the cylinder. What does this really mean? Speed! You can quickly unload a full cylinder of empty casings and toss in the next moon clip and you’re ready to fire faster than you can say “Jerry Miculek”.
Moon clips can often have a bit of a learning curve, some revolvers will require them as a key component for functionality while others may not be cut for moon clips at all. It’s important to know how your revolver functions with or without moon clips and to ensure that the moon clips match up with your specific revolver model. It’s best to review your revolver’s instruction manual for information about loading and unloading, as well as compatibility with moon clips.
So you have a revolver that uses moon clips and you’re headed to the range? There are a few things to consider adding to your range bag that will greatly enhance your time on the range. If you plan to shoot more than a few moon clips worth of ammo, picking up a few additional moon clips can save you significant time spent loading and unloading. Another thing you may want to consider is picking up a tool or two to help you load and unload your moon clips. These are often compact tools that will take up little to no room in your range bag and can substantially decrease the time you spend loading and unloading, and greatly save your thumbs.
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