Noticed part numbers for the SLP sidesaddles in your catalog. Have they begun shipping yet? Has anyone found them in stock anywhere?
Product Review for Mesa Tactical SureShot shell side saddle on FN SLP
Disclaimer: I did not pay for this particular product. I sent an email
to Mesa asking if they needed a beta tester. The product arrived in the
mail with no invoice and no strings attached. I pledge complete honesty
as I have no connection to Mesa and no reason to expect another freebee
like this again.
I recieved the product in full retail packaging with generic directions,
looked it over and installed it. Using the directions for the Mossburg 930
I dry fit the saddle and decided if the directions really matched up with
the parts that I had.
I hesitated when I learned that I would be popping out the factory trigger
pins. Worried about messing something up I proceeded slowly but it was
worry-for-nothing. I used the chicago screw supplied and a light tap from
poly hammer to push through the factory screws replacing them with Mesa's
mounting screws. I dry fit everything debating on using the washers supplied
or to try for a flush fit. In the end I used the adhesive backed felt to
protect the finish along with the supplied washers. I also added a little
blue lock tite. I first hand tightened the screws, then used both of the
suppled hex wrenches to add one quarter turn. Full mounting including dry
fittings was less than ten minutes.
Final product was mounted SOLID. Even though the washers give the saddle a
standoff from the side of the reciver there was no give to the product.
The two screws give as solid a mounting as four screws would have been.
The product itself is lightweight but very strong. Comparing it to some
plastic saddles I have used, its on another level. The elastomer used to hold
the shells is ingenious and durable. It provides just enough tension to
load and unnload using two fingers. I could not shake out any of the shells
once the elastomer was engaged.
I tried Wincehster, Federal and Remington shells putting them in from the
bottom up. All held properly. One note; Some shells did not fit, but
for a very good reason. Some of my old Aquila shells has swelled by
20-25 thousandths. As I doubt these would have fed reliably in any semiauto
shotgun they have been discarded.
In order to eleviate my concerns about messing with the factory trigger pins
(and any chance that I might bind something) I took the FN to the range for a
functional test. It fed twenty rounds with no hesiatation. A speed fire of
six shells showed no apparent slowdown on the timer before and after replacing
the trigger pins.
Overall I really like the SureShot. It has a durability that will out last
the gun, was easy to install. I like that it didn't require any velco or adhesive
and feels so solid. The directions take some guess work but much.
Last edited by jt_of_jff (2010-08-16 06:24:37)
Good review, interesting product development. I haven't tried one of these - have been using the Tac Stars for a decade or more. Obviously, they aren't really an option for the SLP/SX2/Gold any more, though I found a pair earlier this year.
Your comment about the swollen shells is a good reminder!
Last edited by jnewell (2010-08-16 09:17:31)
Thanks! I too have been waiting on these and similarly found a tacstar for $25 about 3 months ago. It works fine for now, but will still upgrade at the earliest once these hit the shelves.
I see you have a 8 shell holder, does the forestock on the SLP have to be modified for it to fit on the receiver?or does it set back torwards the back more?
Don't know why it took me so long to see this. Have been following the thread and will order a shell holder on next paycheck. Did you guys abandon the rail?
Last edited by ryball (2010-11-08 11:41:06)
Yeah, I was talking about the magazine sleeve.
FN made a tri rail that sounds like what you two are talking about.
Mitch, street price is about $120.00. I read a review somewhere and they said it's very high quality. EThey came out with a "tactical" version of the SLP with a pistol grip and it also comes with the tri rail magazine sleeve.
Last edited by HopetonBrown (2010-11-24 00:05:25)
That's a pretty good price.
Only way we could really improve on that is we would make the side rails longer (so they go over the forend a little) so your weapon light is a little easier to operate.
You mean like this? ;-)
I'm gonna have to take off my Tac-Star sidesaddle and order a Mesa Tactical one, it'll give me something to do while I wait for the Urbino to put on my M4.
Does Mesa Tactical have a product that will allow me to affix a 2 point sling somewhere around where the receiver and stock meet? I thought maybe one of your QD sling attachments might work.
No we don't. We could probably come up with a set-up with the retainer bushing in the rear trigger pin hole as we do with the Remington, Mossberg and other shotguns, but we would have to produce a couple of new Chicago screws for that. At this point, we really haven't sold enough FN SLP stuff to justify that.
A receiver mount sling/hook loop for the SLP would be fantastic. Would you consider producing a small batch at an increased price?