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NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Why You Should Use a Shotgun Sling for Personal Defense

A shotgun to a home defender is like a cellphone to your teenage child: Even though they might not want to, at some point they’re going to have to put it down. Trouble is, in a defensive situation, you seldom want to part ways with your shotgun, but yet at some point you’ll need to use your hands to do something else—like calling 9-1-1 or shepherding a child—so a sling is needed. Indeed, think of a sling to a shotgun as the equivalent of a holster to a handgun. While just about any sling—or even a sturdy piece of strap or rope—will work, opinions vary as to ideal sling styles and setups. Fact is, single-, two- and three-point slings all have their merits and their downsides. For example, a single-point sling leaves the front half of the shotgun unfettered so it cannot become entangled with your hand, a flashlight or a pump gun’s operation. However, I don’t like single-point slings because they allow the shotgun to swing and dangle when the gun is slung, tripping me when I run or striking me in lower areas even when walking. For super-short shotguns on super-tall folks, a single-point sling would probably be worth taking a look at. A three-point sling is the most versatile and can be configured to be used with the simplicity of a two-point sling and the speed and readiness of a specialized tactical sling. But, ultimately, I find all the sliding parts, buckles, attachment points and loops to be more complex than I need and more susceptible to snagging.  [full article]

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