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Old December 01, 2019, 19:59   #1
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Tell me about side saddles

Iím thinking about putting side saddles on a couple of shotguns, a Mossberg 500 and a Remington 870. Donít mind paying for quality if it makes sense. Any experience with such?
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Old December 01, 2019, 20:11   #2
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Esstac shotgun card.
Comes on and off shotguns easy, can carry a second velcro card on your vest, stays rock solid while shooting.


https://www.skdtac.com/Esstac-Shotgu...-p/ess.125.htm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YYsVZUwYoQ
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Old December 01, 2019, 20:50   #3
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Not a fan of stretch loops. I prefer the hard plastic/nylon style carriers.
Here's aa couple of examples of what I'm talking about; https://www.gunmann.com/mossberg-500-side-saddles/
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Old December 01, 2019, 21:24   #4
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Mesa tactical makes a great hard nylon side saddle as well.
This one has served me well over the years.
https://www.mesatactical.com/product...ell-12-ga.html
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Old December 02, 2019, 12:08   #5
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Original Sidesaddle on my 870P:


I myself find no problem with the added weight and changing of the center of balance cited by some critics. YMMV. Best wishes. Dave
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Old December 02, 2019, 14:22   #6
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Used to amaze me how well women riding sidesaddle could perform in horse jumping competitions.
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Old December 02, 2019, 17:43   #7
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This is my mossy and I like the side saddle on the stock.


https://www.mossberg.com/product/500...e-stock-50420/
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Old January 01, 2020, 08:06   #8
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Vang comp makes 100 percent reliable fabric side saddle- I think itís way best.
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Old January 01, 2020, 11:16   #9
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Ive tried side saddles in the past, but my current work truck riot gun wears a speed feed stock instead.
It lives in a rear window type truck gun rack along with an AR, but mounted on the lower cab thats behind the seat and never seen until you flip the seat back forward.
It only holds 4rds, but its never obtrusive or hard to remove shells from.
I always found grabbing or trying to hold a side saddle equipped gun one handed by the receiver, as I often do when carrying or removing it from the rack, is clumsy and uncomfortable as fuk....
Just another option and my .02
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Old January 01, 2020, 11:50   #10
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I bought a used 870 a while back that had one on it. First thing I found was that it covered the SN so you had to remove it to verifies the SN. The pins that hold the FCG in have to be replaced with a screw to mount it on the gun. The backing late was made of aluminum and on of the screw holes stripped out. I called TacStar (a division of Lyman Products) and as I recall they sent me a new plate for free, I just can't find it as I never mounted it back on the gun.

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Old January 18, 2020, 09:31   #11
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I bought the plastic 6 shell version of the Mesa and installed it on an 870 this morning. Seems OK but has a death grip on the shells to start off. Will probably ease off somewhat as time goes on.
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Old January 18, 2020, 10:13   #12
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We had speed feed stocks on all of our duty shotguns. Almost all of them failed over time when the plastic spacer within the rubber butt pad cracked and the spring tension from having the shells stored in the stock started pushing the butt pad off of the stocks. I was my agencies armorer and replaced everyone with a side saddle shell holder. We went with the four round non windowed version along with m4 style stocks so everyone could adjust the gun in their marked unit to fit them. The side saddle provided the same number of extra shells that the speed feed did and was a lot easier to manipulate under stress for reloads. It also allowed better visual confirmation if carrying different loads for different applications. They do make a windowed version that allows the s/n to be seen, at least on the model 870.
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Old January 20, 2020, 14:47   #13
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Does anyone know where I can buy the bolts and nuts to mount a metal side saddle to a 870 express? Thanks in advance Ron
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In '94 I bought an old worn out side saddle. I fixed it up enough to be safe and at least a bit less "cosmetically challenged".

In May of '95 the wife rode around the back field on it in her wedding dress on her grey Arabian trail horse after our wedding.

The photos and memories are pretty cool, but all in all, I cannot recommend the practicality of a side saddle for regular use.

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Have side saddles of most of my tactical shotguns but not all. Usually a shotgun of mine is loaded with something like Winchester PDX1 then fill the sidesaddle with BRI Sabot Slugs or Brenneke Slugs in case need to put a heavy punch. Not uncommon to have a single breaching round on the side just in case I need to break down a lock. As to brand, I have a variety and they all work just fine.

Have a pair of fifty shell bandoleers with specific mix of rounds which hang from the bedpost of each bed on main floor so if decide I want a scattergun soon as pick up helmet off the top knob of headboard can grab the bandoleer and throw it over my shoulder. Armor up with one of my A5s or Benelli fighting shotgun with fifty rounds of mixed choice rounds and have a wide range of applications that sometimes cant do as well with a rifle but more times will pick up an SBR.
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Quote:
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Used to amaze me how well women riding sidesaddle could perform in horse jumping competitions.


Oh, you said "horse"...
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Old January 22, 2020, 12:41   #17
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It took a few more posts than I thought it would for this thread to go off the rails...
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