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.


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