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Tactical Shotgun Slings Thread

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Big Bird, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    I was reviewing some old notes and thought we might benefit from a thread on slings for tactical shotguns. If you are against them or for them that's fine. But rather than bring that up--tell us the advantages/disadvantages...

    Here's how I come down on the issue. If you put a sling on a tactical shotgun it should be one that is actually used as opposed to the sling that just provides a carry option. People will be happy to point out the main disadvantage to a sling is it will get caught on things. While this is true its mainly for shotguns with loose dangling slings. Its not true for Shotguns used with one and thee point slings.

    So my favorite sling is the Spector Gear CQB three point sling with the emergency release buckle for my Benelli M2.

    The advantages of a three point (and one point) sling are: Highly unlikely its going to get caught up on anything. Provides for immediate employment of the weapon. Allows the hands to be used with no degradation of deploying the weapon. And probably a big one in my mind is there is absolutely no issue with weapon retention in a close fight with a 1 or 3 pt sling...

    A 3 pt sling is VERY versatile allowing several modes of carrying the weapon in front or on the back with a quick transition from any mode of carry.

    The slings I prefer the least are the two point slings especially with the shell bandoliers. Try shooting and pumping a shotgun with a heavy sling full of shells rocking back and forth...whew!

    Here's a video of how to use a 3 pt sling...
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011
  2. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    I like my blue Force Gear 2 point. You are right they must be used or they snag.

  3. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    I was watching "The Best Defense" this past Wednesday, and they featured an adjustable 2 point / 1 point sling that really caught my eye.
    (Granted, this sling was used on an AR, but, they said that it would work just as well on an HD shotgun!)

    I've never considered a sling on my HD 870, but, I suppose that wouldn't be so terrible to have.

    And I agree completely about the PITA that a 'bandoleer sling' is. That's a lot of weight swinging around, under the shotgun.
  4. nastytrigger

    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

    Apr 10, 2005
  5. Bullman

    Bullman Deranged Deputy

    Oct 11, 2003
    SW Virginia
    I have a Summit Tactical Sling from Rocky Mountain Tactical that I use as a 2 point quick adjustable, it is good stuff.

    I was reading an article today written by JD McGuire, you all may know him as AIPPI here on GT, he made some good sense as far as a strictly home defense gun not needing a sling at all.
  6. For most folks if you are going to use a sling the basic 2-point sling works just fine. It allows you to secure the gun in a number of ways if you need to release it and if it gets in the way a simple grab with the pinky finger gets it out of the way. KISS should be the default, IMO, and utilized unless there is some good reason to complicate things.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011
  7. 8th SPS USAF

    8th SPS USAF

    Apr 28, 2007
    I use Wilderness single point. Works with shotguns and AR's
  8. MacG22

    MacG22 CLM

    Feb 28, 2008
    A friend at the range the other week had one of the 2-3 adjustable slings from magpul. I thought it was actually pretty usable. I would want to play with it a bit more, but it seemed like a good product.
  9. WJR


    May 13, 2002
    AL, USA
    I agree with this. I have a two point sling from Gear Sector on my 590A1 and love it.



    Dec 30, 2009
    I am an advocate for 3-point sling's as I use one on my AR. Every individual has there likes and dislikes about slings when they are used in conjunction with a weapon system, but as said by the OP, they must be utilized. A sling that is not being used is a sling that CAN be used against you; an adversary can use the sling to try and yank the shotgun out of your hands, it can be used to strangle you if a struggle where to take place, and it can also snag on door knobs and other objects as well.

    Although I am a proponent of the 3-point sling, on a shotgun I recommend the use of a 2-point sling system. I currently have a VTAC 2-point sling that is attached to the shotgun via QD sling swivels. I recommend this setup to any one who uses their shotgun for HD, as the QD sling swivels allow for easy removal of the sling when it is being utilized in a HD role; if the situation where to arise that you need to go outside of your home then the sling can be attached using the QD system for quick attachment.

    Moreover, the use of a 3-point sling allows for too much sling material to be in the way because there is a sling strap running across the side of the shotgun where attached there on. I believe this hinders your ability to access your extra shot shells on the side saddle (this only applys to right hand shooters and also if you are using a side saddle on your weapon system); the 3-point sling does not have any more advantages than a 2-point sling when being used on a shotgun and I believe the excess material is not needed to achieve the slings intended use.
  11. TSAX


    Jun 5, 2010
  12. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    Interesting. I recently put a Specter Gear 3pt sling on my 870 with a side saddle and the sling doesn't interfere with the side saddle in the least. On my Benelli I don't have a side saddle and never had that problem. The Benelli has a Mesa tactical buttstock shell carrier that's mounted on the port side of the gun to the ambi-sling attachment point. The only thing I don't like about the 3pt sling on the 870 with the sidesaddle is the shells hit me right at the bottom of the sternum. So its a little unconfortable--but that would happen regardless of the tactical sling used.
  13. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
  14. Looks OK to me, but IMO you'll be served just as well by getting a military web sling for less than half the price.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2011
  15. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    I have found the sporting slings like that Remington to be too short to work on a tactical longarm. About all they are good for is shoulder carry.
  16. bsg1


    Aug 31, 2009
    Southern California
    Last edited: May 16, 2013
  17. Doug S

    Doug S

    Apr 1, 2000
    I bought one of the bandolier slings (10rd) before I knew any better. I'll still use it, only I'll keep it empty. Nice sling otherwise. I want a sling in case I have to shoulder the gun for some reason, or leave the house to go out onto the property.
  18. This is what I've been using for decades. tom.:cool:
  19. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    My sling dangles like my balls; low and loose!

    I am fine with the standard sling. I habitually arm wrap from rifle shooting while standing. So it doesn't really swing. And in the house, there is nothing to catch on anyway. I drill in my house - never ever been an issue.

    Honestly, my HD gun is my SHTF SG as well, so I always keep in mind the potential need to carry for a distance.
  20. sarge1967


    Aug 10, 2009
    I use a Magpul MS3 on my 870. The way I have in configured I can use it single point or two point.