So, now that I’m supposed to be good at this whole 3 gun adventure, I had to take a look at the weakest part of my game. Keeping shells in the shotgun.
As is standard, I spent hours and hours dry-firing with my 4 shell caddies, complete with crushed thumbs, cursing, and a few tears trying to gain a measure of proficiency at reloading my Mossberg 930. I had looked into the TWinS method when it was brand new and decided to stick with what I “knew” at the time. Fast forward to now, and it’s a much more proven method and I decided to give it a whirl after Lena Miculek let me try out her set-up. I know ya’ll aren’t interested in excuses, but I’m still sick with what I’m calling the “delayed incubation SHOT Show death crud”, so the pictures are from Carbon Arms website (thanks guys!), but here’s what I’ve got to say about the SSLP 8.
One of the first things I noticed is that the clips themselves are very high quality, and I don’t expect them to break or wear out, barring me doing something stupid. One of the things that I think could be improved on though, are the instructions. I was a little lost at first on how exactly I was supposed to attach and orient the ELS backer, and I didn’t get it fully worked out until James Casanova showed me his rig at SHOT Show. He (and now I) had his Pinwheel oriented in a vertical arrangement, similar to their FSL caddy, rather than working all the way around the belt like is shown in a lot of pictures. Since I switched mine over, my loads have gotten a lot smoother.
So, after you get them set-up, it’s time to go to work. Remember, there is some modification to the loading port that is required to use the TWinS method, but that’ll be the subject of another post. Just like with regular caddies, you can load strong hand or weak hand. Weak hand loading you simply flip the gun over while grabbing the shells in your weak hand. Loading with the strong hand requires you to flip the gun up on top of your shoulder. Personally, I’m much faster and more consistent loading strong hand, rather than weak hand. I think it has to do with the angle of the gun when you’re trying to feed the shells into the loading port. Having the gun on your shoulder puts you at a downward angle, as opposed to weakhand, where the gun is mostly flat.
After a few days of practice, I’m getting around 4-4.5 seconds to load 8 shells on a pretty consistent basis. This is way faster than I have ever been able to load 8 with the standard caddies, and that’s after months of practice. I’m pleased with the way the pinwheels perform, and while I’m still tweaking the angle and location of them, I can recommend them to anybody, especially a newcomer to 3 gun who isn’t invested in the load 4 technique.