4 thoughts on “American History in Photos

    1. No. William H. Bell is credited with the invention in 1879; although it’s quite possible that others “invented” the revolver loader without any knowledge of his. The text describes Detective Nelson as “war veteran” and I presume it to mean WWI. I’m sure any American combat veteran of that war would have seen the half-moon clips used for loading Colt and Smith & Wesson .45 ACP revolvers. From there it would then be a natural progression to create what we think of as the speedloader. It’s very possible numerous others have “invented” them independently over the years.

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