One thing I've learned about shotgunning is that when you are not shooting, you are reloading. That is, if there is a lull in the fight, or a few seconds where you are scanning, you need to be reloading and constantly "feeding the puppy" because once you allow your gun to run dry, it may take some time to get your gun back into the fight - that's assuming you aren't dead.
|Winchester 1300 Defender with generic Slip-on buttstock shell holder|
The idea of the buttstock shell holder is not new. For over a hundred years, people have been coming up with ways to get extra shells onto their guns, and the buttstock seems as good a place as any to hang some more ammunition. Back in the day, when I bought my first-ever gun, a Winchester 1300 Defender, I immediately bought one of those elastic slip on buttstock shell holders to go with it. It was an okay solution at first. At least I got to have an extra 5 shells that I didn't have before. After buying the Tac Star 6-shot side saddle shell holder, the slip-on buttstock sleeve seemed to get relegated to sitting in the box full of spare parts and extra crap.
|Wincchester 1300 Defender with Tactical Tailor Shell Holder|
In late 2006, I discovered the Tactical Tailor "Stock Shotgun Shell Holder." This holder not only holds 7 shot shells, vs the 5 on my old slip-on holder, but has a loop around the back of the holder, which retains it against the rear of the stock, keeping it from moving forward when firing. In addition, two elastic Velcro straps attach it to the stock itself, and keep it very secure, yet easily removable. I have had it on my Winchester for six years now, and it has not loosened up, nor has the Velcro weakened over time. I do store it with the shell loops empty because I don't care to overly stretch them while the gun sits in the closet. Remember, just because a piece of gear is quality doesn't mean you should abuse it needlessly - wait until your life depends on it. Just don't let shelf wear get you down before it's go time.
My wife tells me I can write a page about nothing, so I'm going to let the pictures above tell the rest of the story, as well as the links below:
Tactical Tailor Shell holder
Tactical Tailor Main