Reader Brandon Harker writes:
Sometimes it’s the simple things. Simple, cheap and easy has been promised by many products but it doesn’t always pan out that way. In this case, the shoe fits.
The OPSol Mini-Clip adapter (designed, tested and made in Texas) from Optimum Performance Solutions LLC, is an outstanding product for those looking to reliably cycle Aguila Minishells in their Mossberg pump shotguns. Not only does the Mini-Clip work, it works perfectly while being simple, cheap and easy to install.
Who needs a Mini-Clip? Maybe not everyone, but those little 1.75-inch buckshot, birdshot and slugs from Aguila are a blast to shoot. They’re great for getting new or recoil-sensitive shooters used to a shotgun and they seriously increase a scattergun’s capacity. Albeit with reduced power.
The problem with these little shells tend to jam actions designed for standard 2 3.4-inch or longer shells. The OPSol Mini-Clip adapter eliminates that problem completely, in seconds, with no tools.
The adapter is made of a medium density rubber and can best be described as a small, ramped thing-a-majig. Remember, we’re keeping it simple here folks.
Installing it couldn’t be faster or easier. There are two “tabs” on the rear of the adapter that must be squeezed while inserting into the rear of the shotgun’s loading port of the shotgun at an angle. The front then rotates down into position. The two aforementioned tabs fit into two corresponding indents in the receiver forward of the trigger assembly and keeps the adapter in place. This is best done with a closed action.
It sounds more complicated than it is. The adapter won’t allow the use of standard size shells while it’s in your shotgun, but it removes even faster than it installs. Simply open the action, reach in through the ejection port with your index finger and pushing the adapter down and out of the receiver through the loading port. You’re good to go.
All testing was done with a Mossberg 590 Shockwave and Aguila birdshot and buckshot. Unfortunately, I was not able to acquire any slugs for testing. The Shockwave is a ridiculously fun gun to shoot but get those Minishells to cycle took all the fun out of it. They turned an enjoyable range trip into a jam session.
But a delivery by the big brown truck from Amazon and five seconds of install time had things humming along nicely. I ran 200 of Minishells through the gun with the adapter installed with zero failures of any kind.
An interesting thing happened during testing. The first is that I found at least one shell out of each box of 20 seemed to have reduced recoil/noise compared to the rest. One box had three “questionable” loads. These weren’t all the same lot number but it makes me wonder about the overall quality of the ammo.
I really can’t say enough good things about the Mini-Clip. At only $15, it will run you about as much as a box of decent field ammo and installs and removes in seconds. The company is also veteran owned, another bonus when spending your hard-earned money.
The adapter is currently only available for Mossberg 590/500 series shotguns and Maverick 88 guns. For color-conscious buyers you can get it in any color you want as long as it’s black. Sorry to those that must FDE all things. It also just sits there, won’t make coffee runs and is not Bluetooth capable.
If you can get past those limitations and want the flexibility of running Aguila’s Minishells through your Mossy scattergun, you can’t really go wrong.
Specifications: OPSol Mini-Clip
Weight: .8 oz
Shotguns: Mossberg 500, 590, 590A1, and Maverick 88 models
Price: $15 online
Rating (out of five stars):
Overall * * * * *
It’s in expensive, easy to install and installation is simple. Most of all, it works. Buy with confidence.