One of the biggest obstacles to competing successfully in the most popular 3-gun equipment divisions has nothing to do with actually shooting. Rather, the ability to load a shotgun quickly and on the move is often what separates the winners from the also-rans.
Cramming rounds into a tube-fed shotgun is a time-consuming exercise, and the ability to perform this task without dropping precious shells can decide where you place in the overall standings. Usually, this calls for a weak hand reload, where the shotgun remains shouldered while the left hand grasps three or four shells from a belt mounted caddy. These are then thumbed one at a time into the loading gate, a process which requires a lot of practice and manual dexterity.
Carbon Arms has stepped in to help solve this problem with products include multiple shell holders "that allow the use of loading two in shotgun at a time" and are designed for ergonomics, speed and reliability.
From Carbon Arms' website:
The average shooter can put on a SSL (chest worn) and cut their load times by 30% or more with 30 minutes of practice. An average user, with a little more practice can reduce their load times by 40 to 50%. The backbone and pinwheel allow the SSl clips to be worn on the belt instead of the chest. You get the same speed and benefits of the SSLs, but worn at the belt level.
The FSL (belt worn) takes a little more practice to master than the SSLs, however significantly less than the traditional strong and weak hand load 4 techniques.
This alternative system is easier to learn and less dependent on fine motor skills. Instead, the shooter grabs two shells at a time from a belt clip which holds them end to end, just like they wind up in the mag tube. They are then pushed into the magazine in one slick movement.
Three-gun maestro Patrick Kelley used this system to good effect at the first big match of the 2012 season last month at Rio Salado in Arizona, and he can demonstrate just how easy it can be to keep the 12 gauge topped off.
Would you use this new contraption?