Receiver Mount Shell Holders and How to Install TacStar SideSaddle on Remington 870
Due to limited magazine capacity of the shotguns, owners want to have ammunition on the shotgun for easy and convenient access. One of such options is ammunition carrier which is mounted on receiver of a shotgun.
Actually I can’t think of a tactical/home-defense Remington 870 without a side-saddle :)
It is very useful, especially if you store your shotgun unloaded.
There are several companies offering shotgun side-saddles:
1. TacStar Side Saddle Shell Holder (4-Round and 6-Round)
2. Mesa Tactical Sureshell Receiver Mount Shotshell Holder (4-Round, 6-Round, 8-Round)
TacStar Side Saddle is very good ammunition carrier with plastic shell holders on aluminum mounting plate.
Mesa Tactical offers a lot of different shotshell holders: with picattiny rail, simple shell holder and the one
with special window which allows to see gun number. Mesa Tactical ammunition carriers are about twice more
expensive than a TacStar side saddle.
Both ammunition carriers don’t require any modifications to your Remington 870 shotgun and mounted
directly to the shotgun receiver. They hold shells securely and allow faster reload.
Attention: Please note that if you have long standard forend you will be able to install only 4-Round shell holder. Shell holders for 6 or 8 rounds require modification of your forend or a new one. To use them with standard forends you will need to cut down the left side.
6-Round and 8-Round shell holders will work with:
Surefire Shotgun Forend Weaponlight (Responder)
Speedfeed Law Enforcement Forend
Hogue Overmolded Forend
6-Round and 8-Round shell holders will NOT work with:
Speedfeed Sport Forend
Standard Knoxx Forend (which is sold with Knoxx Stock or Separately)
Standard Remington Wood Forend
Standard Remington Synthetic Forend
How to Install TacStar Side Saddle Shell Holder:
1. Push out 2 trigger pins. Be careful and don’t scratch the receiver.
You may use special tools or just something that fits.
2. Insert 2 screws which are coming with the TacStar Side Saddle into holes on receiver.
3. Screw them and place Side Saddle from the other side of receiver.
4. Tighten the screws.
Attention: Do not overtighten the screws because it may bind the reciever and jam up the action or action will be stiff.