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TacStar Side Saddle or elastic sleeve?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by azbuckeye, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. azbuckeye

    azbuckeye

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    Thinking of adding a TacStar Side Saddle or Koplin Elastic Sleeve Shell Holder to my Remington 870 Tactical SG. Anyone have experience with both? Any preferences?

    Thanks.....
     
  2. nismochasse

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    I used an elastic sleeve in the Marines and have a side saddle on my hd 870. I prefer the side saddle because it's easier for me to grab rounds out of.
     

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  3. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    I'd take a Mesa side saddle over either, followed by the Tac Star. The older elastomer in the Mesa side-saddle doesn't work as well for long term ammo storage in the saddle(it was designed more fore duty use where the saddle would be loaded and unloaded at shift change or when issued from armory), but I believe they now offer a newer one intended for long-term use.
     
  4. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    What plank said.

    Ensure you loctite the screws as well, or they'll vibrate out under recoil in the Tacstar version.
     
  5. BBJones

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    +1 to this. Not sure about different versions but you can buy new inserts for versions currently being sold if tension gets too loose.
     
  6. mjkeat

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    I have a Tac Star on an 1100 for 3gun that has worked well so far.
     
  7. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

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    i have a tac star on my duty 870 that i use daily, no issues yet
     
  8. Deployment Solu

    Deployment Solu Kydex Crafter

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    I've used Mesa and Tac-Star. Both perform well. Get the non-elastic version. I have had the elastic wear over time and lose it's ability to hold the shells, which is the whole reason it is there!!!
     
  9. 757CC

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    Get the Mesa Tactical side saddle....quality parts!
     
  10. B Coyote

    B Coyote

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    Take a look at the 3gungear side saddles, too.

    bc
     
  11. .50 cal

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    Do you have experience with these? do they hold up?
     
  12. I have them on 3 of my shotguns for a couple of years now and they have held up great. I know a lot of people that use them for 3gun and home defense. They are also supplied with the MCS 870's for the military.
     
  13. sciolist

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    Definitely 3G. It's completely resilient, so more durable and holds shells better. And you can stick with the OE pins, so no thread issues. I guess velcro wear would be the only worry, but I've had mine about 8 months (~15 matches) and have yet to separate it.

    I think the elastic grips the shells more consistently, so is easier to remove them. It is a bit harder to insert shells until you get the hang of it, but that is not much of a concern to me.

    If you have to have a rigid side saddle, then Mesa would be worth the additional cost over TacStar. I would not trust the gaskets in the Mesa as much as I do the elastic, though.
     
  14. B Coyote

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    I've had mine for a few months...I'd have to look up when I bought it.

    The sidesaddle has been through two classes and numerous practice/training sessions. It's never come off the gun, and still holds the shells solidly.

    It's definitely good to go.

    bc
     
  15. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    The elastic butt sleeves really suck. After a month or two they will sag or drop rounds. Avoid them.

    The side saddles are good for a patrol shotgun, but they ruin the balance of a shotgun IMO. I have one on my patrol shotgun because capacity is a shotguns weakness.

    For my HD shotgun I dont use a saddle, the 4 in the tube are enough for me.