I was able to obtain a Moduloaders Shotshell Carrier from Raven last year and have had it in service for a few months. I had seen a version of a Velcro sidesaddle during a shotgun class last summer and thought it would be great idea, but there was no easy way to carry the extra sidesaddles. When I saw the Raven system I was impressed with the ability to carry extra sidesaddles on a vest or a belt or in a thigh pock of a pair of 5.11 Class B uniform pants.
The system comes from Raven with a belt/MOLLE mount plate, a section of loop Velcro with adhesive and two elastic shotshell holders with hook Velcro. The belt/MOLLE plate is flexible and can be mounted on a belt up to 1.75”. Raven also just happens to space the loops wide enough to fit between MOLLE loops allowing the backer to be mounted on plate carriers or battle belts. I had been carrying extra shotgun shells on my plate carrier using an ALICE shotgun pouch prior to obtaining this system. This caused issues as the shells would pop out of the loops and roll around inside the pouch. This system holds the shells tight and so far is not showing any signs of stretch. The backer does have some vertical movement when attached on MOLLE; however it is the nature of the beast to allow the backers too securely and completely attach to the shell holders. The backer attaches with “Pull the Dot Snaps” to hold the backer securely and requires quite a bit of force to unsnap the button. So far the snap has stayed secured. One nice addition added by Raven was pieces of hunter orange material to the back of the shell holders. This makes recovery of shell holder that is dropped easier.
I attached the adhesive backer to my Remington 870 Less Lethal Shotgun. The adhesive backer is a universal size, so I trimmed the backer down to stay inside the lines of the receiver and to expose the trigger group pins and the serial number. When you trim the adhesive down to this size you leave some of the hook Velcro of the shell holder exposed, but I have found that this helps by giving you extra material to grab when changing out the shell holders.
I carry my less lethal shotgun in the trunk of my patrol car, so the shotgun with the adhesive backer has been exposed to temperatures from 60 degrees to wind chills of -5 with no issues so far. I am interested to see how it performs during the summer.
One additional location I have found for mounting the shell holders is inside of soft cases. The hook Velcro will attach to the inside of the case and allow you to grab an extra shell holder when you grab the shotgun or carry a different load that could be grabbed depending on the situation.
One issue that appear last summer during the extended heat waves we had in Indiana was that the original Velcro loop patch on the shotgun slid off the receiver. I removed the loop patch and cleaned the residue off the receiver with alcohol and contacted Raven. I was sent a new patch of loop Velcro with a stronger heat resistant adhesive. After prepping the receiver with alcohol I installed the new patch and allowed it to set for 24 hours before attaching a panel. So far the panel has with stayed in place with any additional issues.
Raven has advised that additional shell holders and backers will be available for purchase separately. Recently they have released a section that has two shell loops along with a smaller backer for mounting on a standard belt. They have also added the option of neon green flags on the back of the loops. Additional accessories are in the works that will attach to the backers; however there is no time line for this release at this time.