Can You Identify This Mystery Speed-Loading Shotgun?

This mystery shotgun with a custom speedloading mechanism was around Shotgun World Shoot in Italy. I never got to see the owner shoot or do any reloads, but I heard he is very fast in “Option 3” (empty start) and in reloading.

The gun is a modified Benelli M1 (Super 90), and in its shown configuration it would go into the Open division (IPSC) mainly due to the red dot sight but perhaps due to other reasons too.

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There was a website link to “Gun Target Sport” in Thailand(?) on the shotgun, but the link is dead. However their Facebook page is live, but not updated since 2013.

The modification confused a lot of people, so if any reader on TFB can help explaining what’s going on you’re welcome to use the comments field below.

I’m assuming the trick is that the shooter can use the tube under the buttstock to fill the magazine tube with another 6 rounds, hence being able to carry more rounds ON the shotgun instead of on the body.

IPSC Rules for Open division states that shotguns with fixed magazines may have an initial load of 14 rounds. The question is if the extra magazine tube under the stock is considered to be a “loading device” and not a magazine to allow the shooter to have 14+6 = 20 rounds in the shotgun? In this case it would be a pretty good advantage in some stages and in shoot offs.

Here are a few videos of the shotgun:

An another solution for fast reloads: “An ejectable shotgun shell tube magazine”

Story and photos: Erik B  – IPSC competition shooter in pistol, rifle and shotgun. Usually also armed with a camera and a sharp lens. Likes fast cars too, and has two FIA International standing start acceleration records. Ended up at 32:nd place in the World Shoot and 4:th in Team for the Swedish Open Team.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Blackhawk

    Interesting idea. Looks like the pivoting cap holds the shells in under spring tension, and tipping the loader down pops the cap off against the receiver so the shells can rocket forward into the loading well. Well engineered there, I’d be interested to see if it takes off in 3 gun.

  • Lance

    I’d rather stay with a simple M-870!

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Yes. Please enter en IPSC Shotgun Open-match with an M870. Please do, and tell us your ranking.

      • ExurbanKevin

        Hey, I used to shoot Tac Irons with a 500. Didn’t win, but I was the only one competing in Heavy Metal Minor division! 😉

      • DW

        IPSC Keyboard division reporting in

    • KestrelBike

      These nerds do take it to another level.

  • whskee

    This is very interesting…I’d argue there’s some commercialization potential there outside of competition with a little modification and aesthetics. I hope this guy makes the most of it. It’s a clever idea.

  • Anonymoose

    I NEED THIS, but built on an M4 Super 90.

  • Tassiebush

    I’m sure i’m not alone in saying I had absolutely no idea this type of detachable tube mag even existed and thankyou for posting this Steve!

  • dshield55

    Lol, on that last video… “Is that a tube loader, or are you happy to see me?”

  • Kitsuneki

    And now imagine it wit X-Rail extension

  • I see a way for 17 rounds in a 10 round state.

  • James

    Would this even be considered a speed loader? Seems like a detachable tube mag… either way it’s pretty bad ass for run and gun. Don’t see it taking off for anything other than competition but still very cool. I’d love to see more stuff like this on TFB.

  • Bal256

    I saw this several months ago and scoured the internet to find more info, but to no avail. Whatever that guy has engineered into his shotgun, I WANT.

  • iksnilol

    That’s a beaut, looks so sci fi yet it looks practical.

  • David

    Benelli M2 Thailand open class.

  • Bdpenn

    You want to know more about the tube loader? Check out the king of fast shooting Jerry Miculek !! Hes got a great video showing why, how and modifications over time.
    You got a question about speed shooting its spelled M i c u l e k.

  • In for the flood of guys chained to the idea of tube loaders being mechanically simple, compared to box fed guns who are clambering for another way to carry more rounds. Face it, this stuff will look like the guns designed to avoid the Rollin White patent in a couple years. Box fed is more reliable, both mechanically and in human movements. Watching that guy run along with cumbersome ~1m long tubes flopping around on his belt is absurd when a box fed magazine exists.