VIDEO: Aguila Minishells: Home-Defense Solution or Marketing Gimmick?

The shotgun is an excellent tool for home defense, but if you could double your gun’s ammo capacity and reduce recoil without making any alterations to your gun, wouldn’t you take advantage of it? Aguila’s Minishells make such a promise. But I had a few questions: Will they generate enough pressure to operate a semi-auto’s action, and will they feed the same as a typical 2 ¾” shot-shell?

*To test the shells, I selected a Browning A5 and a Remington 870 for my automatic and pump, respectively. I assumed that a side-by-side or over-under configuration would work with these shells regardless of their length, and didn’t test them.*

Aguila Minishells: Home-Defense Solution or Marketing Gimmick?
On the left, a standard 2 3/4″ shotshell. On the right, Aguila’s Minishell.

The good: