Mesa Tactical 20″ Rail with 6 shot SureShell Carrier
One more review for the contest:
I decided to do a review on one of my favorite upgrades to my Remington 870 Marine Magnum pump-action shotgun. It is the Mesa Tactical 20″ 1913 Mil-Spec Picatinny Rail with 6 shot SureShell side saddle and front barrel/extension clamp (also comes with different options such as a singular barrel clamp model, a 5″ Rail Model, or the 4 and 8 shot models with MOST options interchangeable on each model).
First and for most ill mention the super effective “Bonus Factor” to this product, the fact that it also acts as a heat shield! For you 870 owners out there you know how quickly you can heat that barrel up at the range or surely while taking a class! This is a great option in a sense because all the other 870 heat shields on the market that i know of are geared towards the Mossberg 500/590’s and are “adapted” and “modified” to fit an 870. Not this Baby! Not only does this install fairly simply, through your trigger group pins (essentially upgrading you to anti-walk style pins) and barrel/extension mount, but once installed it is ROCK SOLID!! The 20″ Mil-Spec 1913 Picatinny rail is perfect for mounting optics (especially Dot & Reflex types) because it doesn’t force you to mount on the 5 inches of receiver space that a normal shotgun rail usually covers. It also opens you up to a huge market of aftermarket picatinny BUIS for incase your primary optic goes down.
As far as Side Saddle goes, those of us in the know already have the skinny on Mesa products and their “SureShell Carrier” specifically… They are amazing but a bit steep at $64.99 for the basic 6 shot SureShell Carrier. They come with a secondary neoprene tube (I believe that is the material) to adjust how snug your rounds are in the saddle by replacing the stock diameter black rubber tube with the slightly larger OD’d white rubber tube (although i don’t see a need for the white tube as i have never had a round fall out and wouldn’t want them to have to much resistance when i need to get them out in a hurry). Also, as a side note, if your rubber tube is ever misplaced/damaged/or worn out Mesa will ship you a replacement free of charge if you call and speak with a representative. I though I would also quickly touch on the versatility and strength of the Barrel Clamp which also acts as the front rail mount. This aftermarket barrel/extension clamp is the same model thats sold for over $60$ separately from Mesa Tactical& for $84.99 with the 2″ picatinny and hardware. Not only does it have a great fit and finish, but either side is adaptable with Mesa’s QD sling attachment or a 1913 Mil-Spec Picatinny (2″-5″ depending on preference). Like just about any other Mesa Tactical product i can think of off the top of my head, I would have no problem recommending this product to someone who’s looking for a well built accessory rail for the 870, which also happens to be made in the U.S.A.!!
As far as downsides I would have to say they are mostly relative to the shooter. If your a person of smaller stature, the extra weight and bulk may make it tougher to manage (although it does help tame recoil just by adding weight and mass towards the front of the firearm). regardless of body size we all know ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain so remember that before ordering.
It is all CNC machined from billet aluminum and is EXTREMELY WELL MADE but is not overly heavy weighing in at about 7 ounces w/o shells. It certainly does add a good bit of weight, especially with the 4 ,6, or 8 extra shells but we do need to remember, we don’t always have time to put on a chest rig and/or to prepare. A lot of times with a shotgun (especially HD or Law Enforcement scenarios) what you have in it and on it is what you have to work with. That measly 100 meters back to your cruiser may not seem like its far now but is a different story once bullets are wizzing by your head. Needless to say the trade off for the weight of the saddle specifically is fairly easy to justify. Oh Ya, One other downside is its cost…It retails from $199.99 – $240 (I believe the average comes in around 219.99 and is what i paid at BROWNELLS) which if you think about it already contains the 65$ SureShell Carrier and the $60 Barrel Clamp so really its just another $80 -$100 bucks for the rail & simplicity of having it all together. For more information visit www.mesatactical.com or to order visit www.brownells.com and search for “Mesa Tactial” products. As a side note i have Magpul “Ladder” style rail covers on in the photos of my actual 870MM if you wondered why it my look “different”.
|You can get Mesa Tactical Rail with Shellholder from Brownells|