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Old 09-22-2014, 21:08   #1
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What sling do you use?

I have a new 870P. I have a whole box of cheap slings... But I've decided snag something that doesn't look like it was made in China.

So, I decided to throw it out to the Glock Talk crowd. What slings do you like to use for your self defense and/or competition shotguns? Is cheap the best (it has worked for me so far but I want to show a little bit more love to this shotgun) or is there quality to be found by shelling out a little more?
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Old 09-22-2014, 21:13   #2
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I use an SOE two-point. Stretchy, comfy, durable, and doesn't need special mounting hardware.
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Old 09-23-2014, 19:55   #3
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I don't use one -- maybe because I don't know how.

One AK I bought had a sling with it - I tried to use it - but it just got in the way - I took it off.

What do you need a sling for?
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:24   #4
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I would get a quick adjust 2 point. I would do my sling shopping at Rocky Mountain Tactical, Marshall is a good feller to deal with.
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Old 09-24-2014, 20:08   #5
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What do you need a sling for?
For a HD shotgun, I think it's a wise thing to have a sling. You never know what circumstances will come up, and it smart to give yourself the option of not giving up direct possession of your shotgun so that it frees up both your hands.

Just a plain old cheapie nylon sling is what I always have installed on my 870P.

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What do you need a sling for?
1. Allows you to carry your gun without your hands.
2. Allows you to shoot more accurately.


Now with QD slings, I don't see a down side available. Now I wouldn't use it inside, but ....

When I was using my Rem870 as my everything gun, I was using a sling. The other more experienced hunters were not using a sling. We setup some impromptu targets. I out shot them. Then when we were rabbit hunting, they saw me sling the 870 over my shoulder to climb the steep hill we were hunting. Within a couple weeks, they has slings.
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Old 09-25-2014, 16:16   #7
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For home defense I don't see the need for a sling.
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For home defense I don't see the need for a sling.
Good for you... how does that help OP?
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Good for you... how does that help OP?
I take it that you've never snagged a sling on a door handle during your home training.
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Old 09-25-2014, 19:08   #11
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I take it that you've never snagged a sling on a door handle during your home training.
Nope, because I wear it.
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Nope, because I wear it.
So, for home defense you're wearing your shotgun with a sling, is your sling of the breakfree type?
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:26   #13
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It took me some time to get to the point I am at, but all of my shotguns and ARs are now set up for one of 2 slings. One is a custom made, the other is a CrossTac http://www.crosstac.com/shop-all-pro...th-qd-swivels/

But both have QDs, fast adjust and a bungee portion. The first one I made because there was nothing on the market that did what I needed it to do. The CrossTac above has all of that and comes with the QDs. It is a great value and USA made. The fact that you can release the sling in three ways is a plus. I have been using the homemade version for about 5 years and the CrossTac for about 2 now.

If you don't like QD, or the bungee options, they have plenty of other configurations. They have some other very good gear, know their stuff and have very good customer service.
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So, for home defense you're wearing your shotgun with a sling, is your sling of the breakfree type?
Get to your point.
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Has anyone used their sling in a course/hunting/etc.?
What did you/ did not like about it?
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I use the CrossTac in matches, 3 gun and precision, and have hunted with it about 5 times now.
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Has anyone used their sling in a course/hunting/etc.?
What did you/ did not like about it?
Used a standard military leather sling.
Like, it is a standard sling.

Dislike, slow to adjust, not able to put sling over shoulder and have the gun hang with no hands at waist pointed in the right direction. i.e. I had the Tavor out the other day put in over the shoulder and did some work with a hay baylor, then got back to shooting.
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Old 09-28-2014, 00:45   #18
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I also prefer a simple 2-point sling as "hogship" does.

The most complicated one I have is this one:
http://unclemikes.com/tactical/sling...ewn-in-swivels
but I use it in 2-point mode.

The biggest problem I've had is finding one long enough. A couple of slings I had taken apart and taken out the adjustable buckle arrangement to get the length I wanted for the shotgun. I drilled, taped, and reconnected the ends to the swivel connectors to get the correct length for me.

Yes, I've used them at work (LEO) and in courses.

At work, they push the 3-point type, but the slings are overly complicated; when slung over-the-back, the gun tends to go sideways. There's a part of the strap which runs length-wise from front to back of the gun, which also tends to get in the way when manipulating the gun. For me, the 2-point arrangement works better.

Using the term HD (home defense) means different things to people, also. Some folks have a 500 square foot 1-room apartment; others have a several acre estate with a few thousand square foot main house.

Using and training with slings for a couple decades is what I prefer. For someone else, perhaps not. If it doesn't work for you, get rid of it.
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Both, never had a problem with a quality sling setup.

I use SOE. One end wrapped around the sling loop on the extension, the other wrapped around the sling loop on the side of the Mesa Urbino. With the bungee, it's incredibly comfortable. For hunting, I can cinch it down and ge movie without having to hold the gun, same for the house if I have to u se both hands for something that doesn't involve the gun, and since the SOE is quick adjust both ways, I can just loosen it or tighten it as necessary.
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Viking Tactics on my Benelli M4. My 870's have no slings.
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