More Shotgun Loading

Well life in the Havoc-Five world has been busy and a fair number of things to catch up on in the near future.  In the interim, I wanted to get this quick little post out there for you.  We recently attended the Babes with Bullets (and friends) 3 Gun event, and one of the things that the Miculek’s introduced us to was this nifty little “matchsaver” device that debuted at Superstition Mountain the week before.

This is a very simple device, and one that you can easily make on your own.  If you prefer to purchase it, is the place to go.  I would expect to see something from Bushnell as well, in the immediate future.

This gizmo is just perfect for that one time that you mis-counted your reloads, and need just one more shell in a hurry.  But let Keith Garcia give you the rundown.  But since my embeds are not working, you will have to click here to see the video

UPDATE:  Embed working now.

Shotgun Loading

Last year I started to see a move by competitive shooters to use a 2 shell strong hand reload technique.  At the time, I was still trying to learn the basics of the shotgun and noted it in passing.  Over the last several months there has been a moderately widespread adoption of the technique, and I think it is one that I will want to adopt as well.  Having more tools in the tool box is always a good thing.

What is this technique?  Details of the quad load technique are in the video below.

The twins /quad load technique can be run from the pinwheel and backbone equipment too.


Why would you want to use this technique?  For that there are many answers.

  • If you are restricted on your loading capacity for a stage, and starting with a higher load makes sense up front, use this technique.  
  • If you are moving and loading, this technique is all gross motor movement and is very easy to execute quickly while moving with fewer shells to fumble through your fingers.
  • If the stage requires your shotgun to come off your shoulder for any reason, it makes sense to top it off using this technique.

When not to use this technique?

  • If I don’t need to move from my position but need to reload in a hurry a weak or strong hand reload without removing the gun from the shoulder makes sense.  There was a stage at the match last year that the clay birds were on a 1 or 2 sec. interval.  To get through the string I needed to reload, pulling the gun from my shoulder and reloading 2 would have been disruptive to my position and ambushing technique.

How does it work in practice?

Here is a quick video of my friend Jay struggling through the cold weather with a mix of the techniques.

As Pat says, if the weak hand load method works for you don’t change.  But there are other techniques out there, and the twin / quad load is certainly one way to go about it.