Carbon Arms’ TWinS shotgun shell Caddy system

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In competition shooting, seconds count. When looking specifically at 3-gun competitions where a shotgun is involved, seconds are usually gained or lost during reloads. Here we’ll be taking a look at the Carbon Arms TWinS (TWo in Shotgun) system.

The TWinS system is a single piece of lightweight plastic that can hold 8 shells. What is unique is the system gives the user three loading options: 1) “Load 2″ strong-hand 2) “Load 2″ weak-hand 3) Traditional “load 4″.

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A right-handed shooter demonstrates a “Load 2 strong-hand” grip.

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A right-handed shooter demonstrates a “Traditional load 4″ grip with his weak hand.

I spent 20 minutes at Benelli’s SHOT Show booth practicing with the TWinS system, some dummy ammo, and a Benelli M2 3-gun edition. Fellow 3-gunner (and Carbon Arms co-founder) James Casanova gave me a nice demo and a free lesson. I found the TWinS system very easy to pick up, especially having had previous “load 2″ experience. But even if you’ve never used the “load 2″ approach, many users find it easier and faster to learn than the “traditional load 4″ approach which can require a bit more dexterity. But the beauty of the TWinS system is you can choose either.

If you’re looking for a shotgun shell caddy solution, the TWinS system is definitely worth considering.

www.CarbonArms.us.

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is now a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.




Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion, author of “Shoot to Win,” and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • http://twitter.com/MrozowskiJesse Jesse Mrozowski

    I haven’t tried the twins stuff yet. It just seems like a lot more hand moving and too much moving the shotgun around to get it right without a lot of practice and I don’t do enough 3-gun to really spend too much time with it.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I’d love to see more competition stuff reflect real life scenarios and have that extend to gear as well.

    I’d much rather see a course that made the shooter use pocket reloads, the kind you might need if ever using a shotgun for defense rather than the unrealistic scenarios where we have static targets and large ungainly gear that no one could use outside of the range.

    So, this is obviously not my thing. I can appreciate the idea. But I’ll stick to Velcro shellholder cards that do actually have a real world use.

    • Kyle

      I wouldn’t mind seeing a “Practical Shooting” course.

    • Criticalthinkingiscritical

      I’m with you. Seems to me that all this 3 gun competition gear sort of misses the point.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=724808716 facebook-724808716

        What point?
        Not every shooter owns a gun for defense.

  • klyph

    While I admire the ingenuity to overcome the handicap of a fixed magazine, the solution of a detachable magazine is obviously the superior solution. The sks and m1 garand are fine weapons, but no one expects them to be competitive against AKs and ARs. In a 3 gun competition, detachable magazines are the obvious choice.

    • Kyle

      Shotgun stripper clips would be awesome.

  • Criticalthinkingiscritical

    Chris, the vast majority of competitive shotgun shooting does not involve timed reloads.

    Tactical shotgun competitions, such as 3 gun, is a very small percentage of shotgun sports.

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (The Firearm Blog)

      That is an excellent point. Thank you for mentioning it.