Left Handed Shotgun Combat Reloads

Life Line Warrior Medicine is a left handed Canadian who has some videos about firearms. Yes, people in Canada have firearms and while they have stringent magazine capacity restrictions they do not have restrictions like a barrel being too short on a firearm.

Ryan James shows how he does combat reloads using a short barreled Remington 870. The 870 is decked out by S&J Hardware and has an Aridus Industries QDC side saddle. However Ryan is using a normal right handed Remington 870 but left handed manipulation. I tend to prefer having my shells brass down as a right handed shotgun shooter. That way I use my support hand to cup the round up into the chamber.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Matt C

    This guy is literally a stooge. You can tell this video was completely “impromptu” and not even rehearsed, and he DIDN’T even do it correctly. He has no muzzle awareness, not to mention his finger is on the damn trigger the entire time he is “combat loading” that shotgun. This is the most ridiculous, tacti-cool bullshit I have seen in a while.

    • Giolli Joker

      Well, no finger on the trigger in the screenshot.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        1:32 among others I think

    • Nandor

      With a 5 shot capacity limitation on all their long guns, they don’t have to worry about trigger discipline because there’s a really good chance the magazine is already empty.

      • 84wh1

        Canada actually has no ammunition capacity restrictions on manually operated firearms. Only semi automatic center fires

        • iksnilol

          Somebody needs to make a crank operated, belt fed pump action 😛

  • BattleshipGrey

    “Perfect practice makes perfect.” No matter how you store your shells, practice…perfectly.

  • Giolli Joker

    That seems like a sweet SBS.

  • CommonSense23

    Why people choose to wear a helmet while shooting when they don’t have to blows my mind.

    • Ron

      If you expect to fight in the gear, than wear the gear when you train. It is eye opening the when you transition from slick to combat gear and you find how your zeros change, you cannot mount the weapon the same, you can not get into the same positions and in some cases you cannot breath when attempt to shoot in one of those non-standard positions

      • CommonSense23

        That’s one of the stupidest mentalities that keeps getting pushed. Do you see a NFL quarterback in full pads all practice. Does a fighter not train with heavy gloves, and shin guards, head pads often. There is a time to be hard. And there is time not to be. Wearing full kit isn’t needed for 95 percent of shooting or CQC training.

        • Friend of Tibet

          True but what is exactly wrong trainning in full kit? Does they cause safety issues? If anything training in full kit is only beneficial to the people who trained with them.

          “Wearing full kit isn’t needed for 95 percent of shooting or CQC training.” And that is very very very wrong.

          I think you need to check the purpose for CQB trainning. Military/LE all training in full kit especially in CQB trainning. The plate carrier/war belt item arrangement is part of the CQB trainning.

          • CommonSense23

            I taugth CQC in the military. Even taught other countries SOF cqc. The vast majority of cqc can be done slick either with a shape or a airgun. This idea you need to train like you fight is not beneficial for a lot of things. I’ve done land warfare training in a 100 degree heat, and we drop plates cause you can get more repititions in. Most soldiers and marines aren’t given electronic ear pro, and fight without hearing protection. Should they train the way they fight also?

          • Ron

            The Marine Corps bought 50K quitepro-active hearing-radio interface sets years ago, but Marines don’t like wearing them, additionally everyone is issued Combat Arms hearing protection that for various reasons Marines don’t wear
            In fact in the mid-90s when you did live fire and maneuver Marines were not allowed to wear hearing protection because that very reason that you train like you fight.
            The last commanders I worked for required you to wear your armor at all times in the field unless you were conducting hygiene or sleeping because taking your armor off when you are “outside the wire” was a bad habit developed at home station for the various reasons you list that would not be doing in combat.

          • retfed

            Not an operator, just an ex-LEO here. On the job I always trained the way I fought (sport coat and tie), and now that I’m retired I always train the way I fight (T-shirt, cover garment, and jeans). Not many of us are ever going to wear a helmet, plate carriers, or even a thigh holster to a fight. If you do, or if that’s your hobby, fine. Not for me.

        • n0truscotsman

          I think if a person isn’t focusing on becoming proficient in the basics, wearing full kit and training isn’t going to *improve* the situation by any means. Which is why we often trained slick (and sometimes not).

          I see both sides of the argument.

      • Bullphrog855

        Close, but the real answer is to appeal to the target audience of tacticool blow hards.

    • Friend of Tibet

      As long as they do not cause range safety why do you even care? Everyone has different taste for range outfit style.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I didn’t even have time to get mad at the kit – the gun manipulation in this video is REALLY BAD.

  • 84wh1

    Dear god this is terrible. At least do a second take when you screw up. This video should represent HOW NOT to do a combat/ speed load on a Remington 870

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Fumble Fumble Fumble – press the carrier up to prevent loading – Fumble Fumble Fumble – jerk the trigger because the safety was on – Fumble Fumble Fumble and that’s how it’s done!

  • JumpIf NotZero


    Sights can’t be used on gun, finger on trigger while loading, jerking the trigger, trying to fire on safe, lol at those lame aluminum shell carriers that anyone who really uses a shotgun went away from for exactly the reasons seen in video, fumbles galore, trying to load after pressing the carrier to the up position…. just BAD.

  • The_Champ

    My question is, do people really need a 4 minute video tutorial on how to drop an extra shotgun shell through the ejection port and close the action, or could almost anyone figure this out intuitively?

  • tb556

    The Canadian equivalent of inspector zero