Moon clips have been around for over 100 years and reinventing them is a big claim, but Arizona-based Original Precision is doing just that with their CCW HD Moon Clips for J Frame revolvers. Original Precision is offering a CNC machined cylinder conversion to allow .38 and .357 J Frame revolvers to use moon clips to ensure “guaranteed positive ejection for faster reloads under stress”.
Late last month, September 2022, there was a quiet release of a new product that has rocked the concealed carry pocket revolver world. Original Precision in Queen Creek Arizona, who has been known for many years for their world class quality Lock Delete Parts kit, unveiled their new CCW HDTM Moon Clips and CCW HDTM CNC machined cylinder conversions for Smith & Wesson J Frame 38/357 Revolvers.
The moon clip has traditionally been a competition revolver item, with the exception of its modern roots which stem from the U.S. Military Revolver models M1917, one made by Smith & Wesson the other made by Colt, both were chambered in 45 auto and issued with half moon clips for use on the battle field.
With the current growing trend in concealed carry, particularly the small pocket sized revolvers. It became apparent to J.D. at Original Precision that his methodology for the use of a moon clip in your carry cylinder as a means of guaranteed positive ejection for faster reloads under stress would be beneficial to everyone that carries these pocket sized revolvers for self defense.
Thus the Original Precision CCW HDTM Moon Clips and CCW HDTM CNC machined cylinder conversions were created. This one of a kind conversion is engineered with concealed carry ejection being top priority. It began as a personal project for J.D. to machine the cylinder of his own snub nose carry gun, a Smith & Wesson J Frame, model 438, 38 Special, and create a heavy duty heat treated stainless steel moon clip of his own engineering and geometries on the wire edm.
The inherent problem all snub nose revolver owners have faced at one time or another is when you hit the short ejector rod to expel the spent cases they do not always come all the way out and fall free from the cylinder. Which leaves you in a very tough spot for a fast reliable reload in a self defense situation. Forcing you to pick single cases out of the rest of the charging holes before you can reload with fresh ammo and get back to defending yourself. Or god forbid the rare but happens case head slips under extractor star, a serious problem in self defense situations.
CCW HDTM Moon Clips and CCW HDTM CNC machined cylinder conversions eliminate these problems with guaranteed positive extraction of all empty cases at once. No picking singles out of the cylinder. Hit the ejector rod. Whole unit comes out. Reload. Back to the fight. A 100% win win to be able to reliably eject all spent cases at once.
You can reload with CCW HDTM Moon Clips, speed strip, speed loader, 2x2x2 pouch, etc. There are zero limitations on how you reload. Moon clips are not required for the revolver to function.
38/357 cases still properly head space on the cylinder and fire with or without CCW HDTM Moon Clips. J.D. did not want to change how he has already trained himself to insert fresh ammo into the cylinder. The CCW HDTM Moon Clip had to be an enhancement no retraining needed.
Along with just how tough and durable these moon clips are, the CCW HDTM Moon Clips
maintain positive case retention after repeated uses regardless what size or brand cases are used. They also load and unload with your fingers and take most any 38/357 ammo you can find. Hornady, Speer, Buffalo Bore, Federal, Remington, Winchester, Fiochi, Starline, CBC Magtech, PPU, WRA, RPFC, Western, PMC, WW, WCC, to name a few. This kind of versatility is unheard of in the moon clip industry.
Covering all the bases and ensuring the availability for everyone to have this important upgrade done to their snub nose was paramount. J.D. created versions starting at $75 for a basic cnc conversion up to $195 for a premium cnc conversion, all versions include 3 CCW HDTM Moon Clips to get you started.
CCW HDTM Moon Clips come in a 3 pack and are $27 per package. They will work in all S&W J Frame 38/357 cylinders that came from the factory already cut for moon clips or have been properly converted for 38/357 moon clips.