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semi-tactical sling suggestions

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by mainecoon, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. mainecoon

    mainecoon Member

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    I am looking for recommendations for a sling that won't break the bank, but will offer more options than the basic hasty sling. This would be for hunting and practice with a .243 and a 30.06. I like the idea of a precision rifle sling, but too many straps would get tangled on brush, etc. Any suggestions?
     
  2. cheygriz

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    A standard leather military sling has always worked very well for me.
     
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  3. pblanc

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    I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "semi-tactical".

    The slings that are often seen on battle carbines like the AR that are called tactical usually incorporate a capacity for very rapid length adjustment. This type includes the popular Blue Force Gear Vickers sling and the Viking Tactical VTAC sling. Both come in padded and unpadded versions. You can find a bunch of videos on-line demonstrating their use. These slings are intended primarily for weapon retention, allowing the carbine to be dropped from the hands but retained against the body. They are generally worn over the shooting hand shoulder and diagonally across the back. The quick adjust feature allows the sling to be rapidly lengthened if there is a need to quickly transition the rifle from the strong side to the weak side shoulder.



    For the type of use that I think you are entertaining, this type of sling would probably not be required. Most two point slings can be set up for carry or use as a hasty sling so long as they have some capacity for length adjustment. If you want something to better stabilize the rifle when shooting, especially when sitting or prone, you might want a loop sling. This is a sling that has the capacity for form a loop that goes high up on the support arm and is usually tightened on it. My favorite for this purpose is the leather model 1907 sling, but good ones can be expensive and they are a little heavy and complicated. A good and cheap alternative is the USGI web sling that was supplied with M1 rifles during the latter part of WWII and Korea, and on M14 rifles and M16s in Vietnam. You can find them in cotton or nylon. Good ones can be found here:

    http://www.ammogarand.com/amm1gaodcowe.html

    The spring steel "J clip" allows the rear of the sling to be quickly detached from the butt stock sling swivel. A loop is then formed at the center of the "H ring" or triglide that is slipped over the support arm and tightened. The sling length can be very quickly adjusted using the cam lever.



    If you want something a bit more modern looking, but still reasonable in price, you might look at the Magpul RLS (rifleman's loop sling):

    http://www.magpul.com/products/magpul-rls-sling

    The video shows how it works. The sling keeper slider allows a loop to be cinched down snug on the support arm, or the sling can be used like a Rhodesian sling with an open loop. The only disadvantage of the RLS is that the distance from the loop to the fore-end swivel can not be quickly adjusted as it can be with the USGI or 1907 leather sling.



    You might also consider a "Ching sling" for rapid rifle stabilization but these require adding a third sling swivel on your handguard. I have used all of the above mentioned slings but have never used a Ching sling. I have heard them praised by hunters who need to sling up very quickly for an off-hand shot:

     
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  4. mainecoon

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    Thanks for the detailed info. I like the Magpul. The tactical slings seem to make more sense than typical hunting slings because they facilitate carrying the rifle across the chest, which seems safer than over the shoulder. I know the rifle should not go off if the safety is on, but having a loaded gun 4 inches from my right ear never feels very safe.
     
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    I use a simple Magpul MS1 on my AR. Since it comes without the swivels you could easily put that sling on any rifle you wanted. I've been thinking about another for a couple hunting rifles. The sling and the quick adjust slide buckle are very nice, and cost is around $35

    -Jeff
     
  7. pblanc

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    In order for a sling to hold the rifle against your chest, you are going to need to put your strong side arm through it and wear it over your strong shoulder and around your back. With proper adjustment of length, you can get some rifle stabilization out of it if your fore-end swivel is far enough forward. In this case, you can pinch the sling between your support elbow and trunk, and brace your support wrist against the sling behind the forward sling swivel. It works sort of like a hasty sling, but the rear part of the sling is going under your support arm and behind your back instead of to a sling swivel on the butt stock.

    I don't know if the quick adjustment capability of any of the tactical slings allow for enough rapid adjustment length to use the same sling for both tactical carry and a hasty/carry sling without a lot of fiddling. For a traditional two point sling used in the "parade" or "hasty" fashion, you need a lot less total sling length than for the over the shoulder and around the back sort of carry and retention. Also, the tactical slings are not really set up for use as a loop sling.

    Tactical Interventions makes some interesting high quality slings. I have not used them but their "slip cuff quick release" sling looks like a tactical sling that can be used as a loop sling for rifle stabilization:

    http://www.tacticalintervention.com/Slip_Cuff_Quick_Release.html

     
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    I got a a Claw Black Contour Slig with a quick adjust strap for my inline muzzle loader. It isn't quite as easy to adjust as my magpul, but I didn't pay as much for it either.
     
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