Advantages: Quick to set up, easy to use
Disadvantages: Needs a little TLC to work with TekLok
Rating: 5 out of 5
When I first got into 3 gun, I avoided as much “gamer” gear as I could and competed in Tac Limited because I harbored the illusion that I could use it to improve how I ran my AR-15 and my home defense shotgun.
To quote a modern-day philosopher-king, “Yes on one and no on two”. I learned how to shoot an AR fairly well, but my shotgun reloads were slow, slow, slow. The fact is, when you game, game, and when you train, train. Using 3 Gun to learn how to run a defensive shotgun is one (small) step above using Call of Duty to train how to run a defensive shotgun.
Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
So I’ve switched from loading three shells at a time from a California Competition Works shell holders to hold my spare shotshells to loading two at a time from TacCom 8up Quadloads. The Quadload holds 8 shells in two groups of four, making it usable for people like myself who dual-load and also for people who load four shells at a time. The TacCom Gear mounts onto either Blade-Tech Tekloks or Safariland ELS mounts and is easy to put together. One thing I did notice is that I need to leave off one screw on the bottom mount to allow it lock properly onto my belt (minor thing, but still…).
I’m still in process of getting them placed properly on my belt: Because I’m cross-eye dominant, finding the right combination of location and place for running long guns with my left hand and pistols with my right is a challenge, and I’m still working on the best way to sort out all my stuff on my belt.
Size-wise, the 8up takes up more space on the belt, (4.25″ vs. 2.75″), but it does hold two more shells than the caddy it’s replacing. The Quadload makes up for that extra space with speed, however. While I’m not at fast as a Miculek (yet), switching from one-at-a-time to two-up has made a big difference in my reload times. I did a quick test comparing how long it took to load six dummy shells with the Quadload versus the caddy, and the results were pretty conclusive.
1st try: 14 secs
2nd try: 13.6 secs
3rd try: 10.8 secs
1st try: 8.9 secs
2nd try: 8.7 secs
3rd try: 7.9 secs
Even without much practice with the system, on average, the Quadload is over four seconds faster to reload six shells into a Mossberg 930.
Can that four seconds make a difference over the course of a 30+ round shotgun stage? You betcha.
What’s not showing in the numbers is the ease of use between the two loading systems. With the caddy, I was always fumbling around with the shells as I loaded them, and it always seemed like disaster and/or a bunch of dropped shells was lurking just over the horizon. With the Quadload, the shells slide into the tube quickly and without fumbling, leading to faster movement as I load and better stage times.
I still want to learn to run my home defense scattergun with more proficiency, but for now, I’m looking forward to getting this new ammo rig out onto a stage and putting it to the test in a match. Two thumbs up for the TacCom Quadload.