S.L. Variant Revolver Speedloader

The Longwitz S.L. Variant Speedloader, which is available from Bobby Mac’s Holsters in the U.S. or Sportshooter.de, is an excellent product for reloading the revolver.  They have a positive hold on the bullets and will not release in a pocket or pouch.  At $30.00 a piece, they are a little pricey, but, hey, how many do you really need?

HKS, left. S.L. Variant, right.

Available for .38/.357 cal. revolvers with 5, 6, and 7 (no, not eight) round cylinders, the S.L. Variant is my speedloader of choice.  Though I like the HKS ones and Safariland Comp III’s, these just work best for me.

Update 4/4/2015:  This is a response by Bobby Mac himself to a YouTube video about the S.L. Variant approximately six months ago:

Just to clarify a few items… For starters, yes we are the only source in the US we obtained the exclusive rights for CONUS.

They are still being made (when the owner “feels” like it) I am at his mercy…. My last order was over $20k US and sold out in 1 1/2 days, it’s not my fault they don’t stay in Stock? Sorry…

I also don’t make much on them, I am a holster maker and have no interest in selling other people’s products but had the chance to get these so did, because I love them personally and as a courtesy to my regular customers as well as other revolver enthusiasts…

As for the “chain” or “form” letter…. Nope, I answer each one personally…. However, 90% of folks not only get mad when they do not have immediate gratification but they fail to read the frequently asked questions as well as the notices on our site… Which clearly states we have no definitive answer as to when we will get more, etc. It also asked that we are not contacted in regards to speed loaders as all the questions are answered on the website. Unfortunately there are some people who after all that still believe the FAQ’s and notices do not apply to them and they should call our phones 20 times a day 6 days a week and or email us a dozen times anyway.

With that said, we have made every effort possible to notify folks of what’s going on? We are extremely busy making holsters for folks who have been waiting a long time; as a result it becomes really difficult and aggravating to stop and answer an email or a phone call about something we’ve asked not to be bothered about, as there is no “other” / or secret information that anyone will get. More importantly every interruption takes time away from building our holsters.

My apologies for using your channel as a messaging board, but I wanted to “again” explain the situation…

We/I am at the mercy of Germany and have Zero control over receiving the speed loaders… Which is why we decided to make our own in the United States however to avoid copyright and patents we have to change 30% of the product which is what we’re working on now…

I found some for sale on an online store, Sportshooter.de in Germany.

The German manufacturer, Longwitz, can be reached here:

Longwitz HarDia
Werkzeuge, BiegelhofstraBe 15, 74924
Neckarbischofsheim, Deutschland
Tel:07268/719; Fax: 07628/8753


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5 Responses to S.L. Variant Revolver Speedloader

  1. Francisco Molina says:

    Do you offer this item for sale? Other Web sites, including http://www.bobmacs.com., have this item on back order. Please send me all necessary info for the purchase of this product. FM

  2. Nick says:

    The manufacturer of S.L. Variant doesn’t make them anymore (they found something else that was more profitable!). They are amazingly rare and considered a collection item. I got lucky and bought two of them (used) on eBay for $62 a piece in an auction. At first, I felt like they were pricey but frankly, now that I’ve used them; I feel that this is one of the best deals I’ve made in my life!! I’d be willing to pay $90 a piece for two more for another model of S&W that I have. The ones I bought were for my 686 Plus (7 rounds), but I need two for my S&W Model 629 (six rounds). Think of it this way: In a situation where SHTF; is your life worth a few extra bucks? These loaders are solid and don’t wiggle, no chance of malfunction, etc. Put it on the edge of the cylinder & push the button!! That is it. No twisting, No wiggling. They are simply amazing!

  3. Jochen says:

    I also tried to get some more of these… I have two for my revolvers, but would need three to complete my set for competition.

    Unfortunately the company that made them doesn’t exist any more. I was able to find the name of the owner of the company, but she moved at least twice after the company was closed, and died some years ago.

    I was hoping to be able to find the current owner of the patent rights and the molds, but even after putting some money into that, I wasn’t able to get to the end of the chain.

    That is very unfortunate, since I believe these to be the best speedloaders out there. And the only ones that fit my Schofield revolvers.

    Sorry to say that, but the end of the story is, there are none being made ever again.

    Because it was mentioned above: I did disassemble one and had a closer look on the parts. I’m a mechanical engineer and know the possibilities and limits of 3D-printing. These parts are way to small and strong to 3D print them in a good enough quality.

    • Corey says:

      I have a connection in Denmark from a dealer who bought one of the last productions of these. I can get the .44 mag N frame ones and the J frame .357mag/.38 special ones. They aren’t cheap of course. Especially with them not being made anymore. He gives them to me for 150 bucks. I would be happy to pass them on if anyone is interested. Just pay shipping. Can use PayPal.

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