I've been looking for a side saddle for a few months now after deciding that it was time to replace my original plastic craptastic NC star sidesaddle that sheared off about three years ago, (Okay- I move slow. deal with it.) I'd have liked a Mesa Tactical eight shell, but Dang that thing is expensive and huge. the six rounder is more realistic, but still $75. which is all of my expendable income.
I had a whole story about how I found this- but it was over the top and way to long. so:
I picked this thing up for $15 at Fuquay gun, it's 6061 aluminum. has the same style of rubber retainer as Mesa uses, and came with a section of completely inadequate velcro to secure it to the receiver.
I sectioned out some M3 5958FR and covered the whole back of it and slapped it on to the receiver with some weights for a few days to ensure good adhesion.
because fire proof tape that's rated to take a 1000G impulse per .5 square inch at room temperature and a 20lb per square inch adhesion needs help to adhere to two perfectly clean aluminum plates. by my math, it should resist 18,000G shear, and hold up to 180lbs+.
it holds shells firmly, so they don't fall out under recoil. it actually holds them hard enough to squish the buckshot I keep in it. It holds the slugs much harder then any shot-shells.
for 15 bucks. it's not bad.