Now that’s a fast side saddle reload, but now I’m going to show you a technique that’s even faster. I’m going to show you the off-the-belt-reload, or most commonly referred to as the weak hand reload. I like using the weak hand reload because it allows me to keep my strong hand on the gun and my eyes on the targets at all times.
When setting up your shell caddies for the weak hand reload notice I have the first caddy I load from generally in the center line of my body.
I start to load from here and work my way around to the left. The most important thing about the weak hand reload is to grab the shells the same way every time. I like using my index finger as a guide. I lay it on the front edge of the shell caddy. Once I pull the shells out and lift them up to the loading port, the back of the shells are going to rest on my ring finger. I’m going to use my index finger and my thumb to guide each shell into the magazine tube like so.
Remember, when doing the weak hand reload, slow is smooth and smooth is fast. A good way to gauge your performance is to maintain a rate of one second for every shell you load. For example, it should take you 8 seconds to load 8 shells. Now lets see what I can do.