Holy Grail Speed Loader — HKS S&W 547 9mm Luger

The S&W K-framed 547 is a rare revolver. It’s not super rare like some registered magnums, but uncommon. The reason being when these were made, they didn’t sell. Back then, nobody…and I mean…nobody…wanted a 9mm Revolver. Everybody wanted a magnum. Or at least a 38 Special.

I consider it a small wonder that HKS even made a speed loader for this little gun. After searching high and low at my regional cop-shops, I found one online. New. Un-opened box.

When the loader came into the armory, the plastic was literally yellow with age! While I would like to have a few more, I doubt that’ll ever happen. For me, the 547 is familiarization weapon anyway. A revolver that shoots the 9mm Luger round with very little recoil. So running drills with 6 in the cylinder and a speed-reload is functionally fine for my needs.

But if you have one laying around doing nothing, I will gladly take it off your hands.

L-R: 442, 940, Model 25, Model 64, 547.

L-R: 442, 940, Model 25, Model 64, 547.

Marky
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  • Peter Levakis

    You do know that Smith has come out with revolvers in 9 mm in an 7 and 8 round capacity, right? Just wondering.

    • I am aware. I believe they use the moon-clip for head space. One day I’ll see one used and pick it up. Do you have one?

      The 940 j-frame pictured is a 9mm that uses moon clips.

      Marky

      • Peter Levakis

        No. I have 3 .38 /357 revolvers, all converted to full moons, for competition. Just couldn’t see the added expense for another 8 shot. I know several who have the new 9’s and they seem to like them a lot. Maybe some day if one falls into my lap, so to speak. Nice review though.

        • Even cooler. I would like to see your revolvers. And what moon-clips are you using? And who did the work?

          If I may ask.

          Marky

          • Peter Levakis

            Wow, thanks. My first was a Taurus 608, the first factory produced 8 shot. Not the best of revolvers, but much cheaper than the custom $2300 ones available at the time. The work on it was also innovative, in so much as it was the first one to use both moons and still be loaded without, The custom ones were ruined for single round loading by a very butchered conversion, My gunsmith, Mike Gurule, ( now with Ergo Grips ) and my friend Derek Zavada, came up with a design to allow both moons and single rounds in which the star would still eject the empties. We also designed the moon clips to be used with it. My other two are both S & W’s designed by the factory for both moons and loose rounds. Trigger work on all were done by various smiths and of course, like most SASS shooters, require Federal primers to be 100% reliable.
            I use .38 long colt cases for there shorter length to speed loading and ejection. When I return home form the holidays, I will send you photos of all. I use mainly Herthco moons.
            I have been competing in revolver only ICORE matches for over 20 years.

          • Damn. Those sound like some pretty trick revolvers. And no, “wow” needed. I don’t know everything. And revolvers is one of those areas I really lack. I mean I know how to run a revolver of course, but I am by no means an expert on the design.

            Please share your photos when you get back. I would like to see them. Especially the full-moon / single modifications.

            Curious. Since you shoot ICORE, do you CCW a revolver as well? If so, a pocket rocket or one of your full-sized rigs?

            Marky

          • Peter Levakis

            Unfortunately no. I am one of those unlucky individuals living in the peoples republic of CA, armpit-Los Angeles. My 92 yr old mother resides in CA also, so leaving isn’t an option for some while now. If I ever get to move to a state that would allow CCW, I would then explore many options. As far as the full moon/ single mods, once the world saw what was possible with some clever and basic design ingenuity, it wasn’t a big leap to see how to do it.
            The original 6 and 7 shot conversions were crude and not well thought out. They were after being able to use moons instead of speed loaders which were quicker and much more reliable. With speed loaders, sometimes all the rounds wouldn’t pop out or one would get stuck under the star. Loading not so much since we all used Safariland comp 3’s with the spring loaded action.
            In fact, Taurus requested to see what we had done with the 608, and after that, they referred many purchasers to Mike G to convert their revo’s to moon conversion, and we sold countless clips to those same people. When Smith came out with their 8 shot, that pretty much put an end to the Taurus with their basically unworkable trigger system which resisted any real lightening mods. Mine is actually a paper weight now. I broke the transfer bar and Taurus refuses to sell restricted parts. They want the whole gun to replace it them selves under the “liability” guise. Not worth the expense to send UPS or FedEx and pay for the work since my mods had put it out of the lifetime warranty clause.
            Well, I guess I have gone windbag long enough. Thanks for your interest.

          • Good info here. I would like to see some pics one day.

            Marky

          • Joe

            My PT1911 is a door stop in my tool shed. Same reason as you gave Peter. I did not realize that Taurus differentiated between their parts as far as what you could get on chat.
            I now only purchase RIA 1911s, I know I can get a shipping label for free, send the gun back by FedEx and get it repaired at no cost, for the life of the weapon, or me whichever comes first 🙂

          • I know quite a few RIA owners who are very happy with their purchases. Even if they have issues, the price and service more than make up for it. –Marky

  • Jimmy Bee

    Hi. . I have 3 of them in Unopened packages if interested shoot me a offer .. lol

    • Let’s talk.

      Marky

      • Jimmy Bee

        What they worth ??