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United Kingdom Practical Shooting Association News by Tony Saunders


AP Customs Shotshell Carriers


If you shoot IPSC or Practical shotgun (PSG), you’ll know that over half the battle is the ability to keep your shotgun stoked with cartridges. After all, a gun without bullets is just a fancy stick.


shooter to grab three or four (usually) at a time and feed them into the shotgun.


This design has been around for a few years and is used by some of the better shooters. Question is though, as always, can it be improved?


Enter the new double-stack shell carrier from AP Customs in the US.


Mmmn... already I can hear a lot of folks saying “I thought of that!” And maybe they did (I was one of them). However, the issue wasn’t just one of making a Heath-Robinson version in the garage. IPSC rules dictated (and still do) that ammunition must be within 50mm of the body! So, is it a problem?


Well, no. It certainly isn’t if you don’t shoot IPSC matches - unless the club or organisers have a problem with it, which I can’t imagine they would. And, as of 2012, the IPSC rules have been altered too and it is briefly worth covering them here:


1. The belt that ‘carries’ the equipment must be at waist level. Only one belt is permitted.


2. The ‘waist’ is generally defined as being between the bottom of the rib cage and above the hips (or pelvis).


The new double stacked 12g carriers from AP Customs


Over the years, there have been many designs to allow people to carry cartridges – from belts with elasticated loops to the ‘caddy’ or ‘strippers’ made by a number of US manufacturers, most commonly by California Competition Works (CCW).


All have one thing in common - they carry ammo in a vertical stack off the competitor’s belt, allowing the


3. The new rule bans chest-rigs and, for all intents and purposes, the chest is the area contained (or demarcated) by the rib cage. Therefore it follows that any rounds carried in the region of the rib cage will not conform.


Finally and of particular importance with regard to the AP carriers – the distance from the body to the ammunition has been increased to 75mm and thus, the new double strippers fit within this - phew!


The new carrier comes in two flavours currently: the 4 x 4 as shown in Figure 1, and a shorter 3 x 3 version


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