Aguila’s Shotshells Coming to the U.S.

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Aguila, which is a subsidiary of the TECNOS ammunition factory, has announced they’re going to be selling their shotshell line in the United States. The 54-year-old company manufactures a number of shotshells including skeet, trap, and sporting clays competition line as well as their traditional line. The competition line includes 7.5, 8, and 9 shot in both standard and high velocities while the traditional line includes .410, 20 gauge, 16, gauge, and 12 gauge options. In addition to those, Aguila manufactures a pigeon load, among others.

In fact, Aguila has their own unique load, the Minishell, which is a 1 3/4″ long shotshell. The Minishell is designed for use in O/U shotguns and produces surprisingly low recoil. It will be available as a slug, buckshot, and 7.5 shot. Aguila is known for other unique rounds outside the shotshell line including their .22 SSS (Sniper Subsonic) round, which doesn’t produce a supersonic bullet’s sonic boom crack, and the .22 Colibri, which is a short .22 rimfire that has a primer but not propellant.

Director of Manufacturing Rod Taylor had this to say of the company’s products: “”Aguila’s shotshell line has something for everyone, whether the application is hunting, competition, clays or home defense. Hunters and competitive shooters across Latin America have relied on the affordable performance of Aguila for over five decades. We’re excited to show the U.S. market the Aguila advantage.”

According to Kristi Drawe, Aguila’s Director of Marketing, the shotshells will feature brand new packaging for the U.S. market but that will be only one of many changes. The line will be made available throughout the coming months. MSRP varies.

An interesting note about Aguila and its relation to TECNOS. Industrias Tecnos, which is located in Cuernavaca, was founded in 1961 in partnership with none other than the Remington Arms Company. Remington handled training for many of the company’s employees when it was new, and although the American manufacturer has since cut ties, leaving TECNOS as its own entity, many still think of TECNOS as the Mexican Remington. When TECNOS was founded it was under the name Cartuchos Deportivos de Mexico, but the name was changed to Industrias Tecnos in 1978 and is now known simply as TECNOS.

Take a look at Aguila’s website at www.aguilammo.com.



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Robert Davis

    They said at SHOT Show that their shells have already been on the US market for a while. Not sure why this is news.

  • Renegade

    If I recall correctly, those short shells are awful dirty. The shotgun gets mucked up real quick.

    • loller

      Probably not reaching a suitable pressure for burning cleanly, certain powders require a minimum pressure to be reached before the majority of it is completely burned without by-products.

      less mass of shot + less powder will do this.

      • Bighossington

        Obtruation also suffers when there’s more chamber ‘free bore’ for the wad to overcome before reaching the forcing cone.

  • JamesG3

    When I couldn’t get any other 22lr, I could usually find Aguila, and it has been good, reliable ammo. My Ruger Mk I and Savage Model 29 both like it better than Big Green.

    What do people use the Minishell? I’m wondering about instructional use and varmint control (like a rat-killing in a blind).

    • Bill

      I use the minishells as conversation pieces. I’m not certain what practical application they have, particularly in buck or slugs; they might be good candidate for rubber LTL projectiles. I’ve never had enough on hand to see how many I could jam into an 870 or 590 with an extended tube, and I don’t know how well they’d feed.

      But they are funny looking.

    • PK

      I use the minishells in my break actions SBSs. Lower recoil, still good for bears and range use, and they work fine.

  • Sianmink

    I’ve seen Aguilas around forever and am not sure how this is news.

  • A.WChuck

    Skip the shotshells, give us MOAR .22LR. All the 22 LR!

  • sean

    we were stocking the mini shells like five years ago

  • Zachary marrs

    Aguila shells have been out forever….

  • EHW2

    I thought Aguila’s short shells were manufactured for use in the mag7…

    • Anonymoose

      Some guns won’t cycle them, but if they will you can load a ton in there. I know they work in Benelli Supernovas and KSGs, at least.

  • iksnilol

    If my math isn’t off then a 6 round tube should be able to keep 10 of those short shells.

  • CarlPoppa

    Unless this means they’ll finally lower the MSRP on mega-priced minishells, who cares?

    LOL seriously $0.70 a pop for choad-loaded midget birdshot

  • valorius

    They need to lengthen the mini shells to 2″ so they’re compatible with more shotguns.