Shotgun Match Saver Shell Holder

Not everyone is into 3Gun competition Those of you who are not in the know may not have seen or heard of the match saver. It is a small piece of plastic that is adhered to the side of a shotgun just forward of the chamber/ejection port. It is used to literally save the match or stage. Sometimes in competition a shooter may be over zealous in burning down some steel targets and miss some. They use up more ammo to knock them down and often may find themselves left with a solitary steel target. At this point they have run their shotgun empty and the bolt is locked back. Well rather than reaching down to your belt for a shell, the shooter just reaches back a bit with their support hand. With a smooth sweeping motion they slide the shell back out of the match saver and into the ejection port. At this time they hit the bolt release while moving their hand back forward. Now the shotgun is loaded and ready to be fired. With practice this can be done very quickly.


Here is a video explaining how to use the match saver.


In this video, Lance Digler shoots a round, loads the shotgun from the match saver and shoots that round. All in 0.77 seconds.

Nicholas C

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  • Porty1119

    Not so feasible for pumps, unfortunately, but I can sure see the utility. Would be nice to have a round or two of 00 right in front of the ejection port on a combat shotgun!

    • Nate

      I have one on an 870, and it still does just fine.

      • Giolli Joker

        I suppose that when you pump back to open the action you can let the hand run on the shell, load it and then close the action and fire… as long as the pumping handguard is not spring loaded it should work.
        I think I would be able to do it in about… 77 seconds.

  • Bob

    That is pretty clever and simple. So, what? $65? $85 if you get brand name? *smirk smirk*

    On a serious note if I owned a shotgun that wasn’t over a hundred years old I could actually shoot, I might buy it.

    • stanstink

      like 11 or 12 bucks

  • gunsandrockets

    Very slick!

  • TheBest

    The real question is why they cost $25+!

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Molds cost a lot and the market is somewhat limited. The high price is needed to pay for the cost of the mold.

      • Giolli Joker

        It does look like a piece of cut polymer piping, actually.
        No features of the final product seem to require being formed in a mold.
        Some machining time, yes.
        However it surely is a niche product and it required some R&D to be done right… lower prices would probably not make it convenient enough to be manufactured.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          On closer look I’d guess you’re correct. Even with it being tubing unless they found an existing product with the correct inner diameter they’d have to make an extrusion die. Buy the pipe in large quantities and make tooling for cutting. Even if the tooling something that can be made in a garage based shop(which it probably is) there is work involved. Consistency is hard to get without the right tooling.

  • I expect this page to show up in a lot of Google results once John Wick 2 comes out.

  • andrey kireev

    Looks redneck as hell =)

  • Just say’n

    Hmm….make it in green/brown and it could be useful during the Waterfowl hunt too. Regs only allow you three in the magazine. But, trying to keep that extra shell clean while hunting might be a challenge. Kind of exposed.

    • stanstink

      no it works great my 3 gun versa is my waterfowl versa