More Aguila Minishells Coming

I posted a modest YouTube video on my Fear and Loading channel two years ago providing all the details on Aguila Minishells, then followed it up with testing. The response has been a resounding, “Where can I buy it?” Thankfully, I received a note from the company public relations manager today that should stop the flood of e-mails and comments…..I hope.

“Minishell production did ramp up and we’ll also begin producing Minishell here in our Texas facility in a few months,” I was told. “The Minishell sells out as soon as we get it in our warehouse. All of our distributors have been receiving shipments, but they’re not always telling is where the Minishell is going. I do believe Sportsman’s Warehouse has it. We’re also hoping that Academy, Brownells, etc. will have it soon as well. A good place to always check is I believe they currently have Minishell available.”

Advantage in Aguila Minishells

The videos detail the smaller size and precise load (including powder charge), but the Reader’s Digest version of the story is the load is shorter in size (advertised at 1 3/4 inches), which means higher magazine capacity in self-defense shotguns with tubular magazines. The Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 are examples. The buckshot version is the one I was sent for testing and it’s loaded with 5/8 ounce of two different sizes of buckshot.

The lighter load and moderate powder charge mean less recoil, getting you back on target faster. The shorter stature, however, means it doesn’t function flawlessly in all firearms, however I’ve yet to hear that from 870 owners. The testing video details that situation in the gun we were using, although there are many aftermarket solutions now available to improve carrier handling.

Aguila Minishells could be an ideal solution for recoil-sensitive shooters who use a shotgun for home defense, assuming they feed in the gun 100 percent of the time. Reduce the thumping and the odds are they’ll practice more, too. It’s important to note, as well, that the pattern in our gun didn’t widen significantly from a traditional load despite the added distance before the buckshot enters the forcing cone. So at home-invasion distances, the shotgun still needs to be aimed to effectively neutralize the threat.








Holiday Grinches

Porch pirates are preying on America’s online-shopping shipping lanes, and a man in Tacoma, WA, has figured out a way to repel the boarders. His solution grew out of frustration after dozens of packages disappeared from his porch and no arrests were made—despite security video that clearly showed multiple perpetrators. After channeling his inner Wile E. Coyote, TheBlankBox was born and now being deployed on decks across the nation for the holidays.

Unfortunately, the shotshell-based solution is apparently illegal, although no citations have been issued, and will undoubtedly earn a dubious place of distinction in the gun-safety hall of fame. Well, maybe not. I’ll let you decide while reading the article and watching the rather entertaining videos of criminals running away with roadrunner haste.

Holiday Grinches Approach Not Condoned

Early reports the product is endorsed by Chris Kringle and his staff were erroneous, according to North Pole CFO Donner. He explains in the company’s latest quarterly report, “Hazing criminals from package staging points would violate our contract with Elves Local 13, which states we cannot engage in any proactive measure to prevent theft of toys, gifts or miraculous sports victories. Our hands are legally tied. The agreement ensures those greedy little labor organizers can continue to collect their salaries—and commensurate overtime—if we were forced to churn out replacements for good little boys and girls. Fortunately, NORAD continues to ride shotgun, pun intended, when Santa and his reindeer launch every Christmas Eve and we’ve yet to suffer a single hijacking. As a result, our bottom line remains strong, and we expect dividends to increase next fiscal year due to an unexpected expansion of New Jersey’s naughty list.”

The incident cited took place in Hoboken, during the annual SantaCon pub crawl. No citations were issued for impersonating Saint Nicholas, although 55 people went to an emergency room, 17 arrests were made and another 51 people received at least one non-criminal summons—disorderly conduct, drinking on the street, impersonation of a dog near a fire hydrant, etc. North Pole Public Relations Manager Blixen stated, “All of their names have been added to the naughty list. And, for the record, that’s not how Santa gets his red nose.” Officials did not disclose the number of warnings issued for soliciting when the wannabees were caught on street corners calling a hearty, “Ho, Ho, Ho.”


Shriners Tribute Rifle

Bad news drives traffic to websites, sells papers and spreads across our social media feeds faster than a tropical plague. It’s a shame, too, because it literally drowns out the good work being done by so many people and organizations.

Shriners are one of the groups swept under by the anger-mongering riptide, but its charitable efforts haven’t escaped the notice of Henry Repeating Arms. The company has just rolled out a tribute edition of its Golden Boy lever action with a portion of each sale going to help its philanthropic endeavors.

The Shriners Tribute Edition is chambered in .22 LR, but also digests longs or shorts. The tubular magazine holds between 16 and 21 rounds and comes with a fully adjustable rear sight and octagonal barrel.

The American walnut stock is laser etched and hand painted with the Shriners red Fez and sports a gold-pained scroll with the words “Shriners International.” The nickel-plated receiver has an engraved Shriner shield in 24-karat gold plating and banner that reads “Fun, Fellowship and Philanthropy”—the organization’s core values. MSRP for the collectible is $1,154.95.

Shriners have been making the world a better place since 1872, although its efforts rarely attract the headlines they deserve. The Shriners Hospitals for Children is a good example. The organization’s 200,000 members do a lot more, too, with many of the efforts detailed on its website.

“Shriners are a beacon of light in their communities,” Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms said. “They give so much in the pursuit of bettering themselves and helping families in need, and we are honored to offer this rifle as a salute to all of their hard work and charitable contributions.”

In the interest of impartiality, I must report I’m not a Shriner, never have been, not aware of any family members who’ve joined and my wife won’t let me wear any fez in public. That, of course, doesn’t preclude me from being a fan of the organization’s work, and trying to spread some good news, far and wide, especially this time of year.