Slings on SD, HD, or department issue Shotguns?

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    Slings on SD, HD, or department issue Shotguns?

    That's right...this is going to be a poll. Does a sling have any place on the HD (home defense), or SD (self defense), or the department issue (patrol car) shotgun? Elaborate after your poll choice as to why or why not. Does a self defense shotgun warrant a sling for any useful purpose? Or will it just get in the way?

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    Does it get in the way of a SD rifle? No. You bet they have a purpose.

    Carry, ammo storage, free up your hands and still carry your gun.

    I even use them on some of my hunting SxS shotguns
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    Yes to slings on shotguns; I have one on my personal SD 870 for the reason Chorizo stated....frees up the hands for other tasks.
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    I like slings, they're good to have in case you have to lug your rifle or shotgun around for any period of time.
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    Slings are great I have one that holds 15 rounds on my HD shotgun.

    I can also use it to help stedy the gun when I fire it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    Slings are great I have one that holds 15 rounds on my HD shotgun.

    I can also use it to help steady the gun when I fire it.
    That's mainly what I'm after....to steady the gun just like a rifle...even with a pump shotgun. I put a 1 1/4" web sling on my 870 this evening, and I did it through a set of 1" Uncle Mike's QD's. I do have a set of Uncle Mike's QD's in 1 1/4", I just didn't notice at the time, but my choice is for a sling. And I tried it out for operation, and adjusted it accordingly. Not a bandoleer sling....just a sling for GP. I have a four shot side saddle for the extra shells.

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    I didnt vote because I did not feel qualified. I am interested in this thread "sling vs. no-sling".

    All the guys in my town (mostly Marines and former Military guys) all say to ditch the sling on a rifle for SD/HD purposes. I took it that it applies to shotguns as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    I didnt vote because I did not feel qualified. I am interested in this thread "sling vs. no-sling".

    All the guys in my town (mostly Marines and former Military guys) all say to ditch the sling on a rifle for SD/HD purposes. I took it that it applies to shotguns as well?
    My former M40A1 never saw a sling...it was usually in a drag bag and when deployed, there was no use for a sling. That was an offensive weapon.

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    A sling can make noise. Not for me on my HD gun.
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    I have a sling on all my long guns. If I want to ditch the sling for whatever reason I have a quick release.

    To me it's like wearing a suit to a business meeting at a company you've never been to. When you arrive and see that nobody in the lobby is wearing a tie... in fact, they're in jeans... you can take off your tie and suit coat and fit in well enough. If you don't wear your suit and you step into IBM circa 1980 you're not going to get whatever it is you wanted from that meeting are you?

    Same with a sling. If you don't have it, it won't be there when you need it. If it gets in the way, you can ditch it.
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    Yes, slings on all long guns. Make sure it's a suitable sling, however - most shotguns only mount the sling in the "traditional" way (under the barrel and the toe of the stock), which is not conducive to easy carrying or "tactical" use.

    Acttimmy - the right sling and mount will not make noise, not that I think this is a serious concern in any case.
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    I clicked on "sling", and meant click on "no sling". IMHO, the only thing I have found a sling usefull for is to steady the gun (rifle) for those longer shots, and to carry the gun when you don't need it. I can see me now trying to maneuver into a safer position, while in a firefight, with my shorty, only to have that worthless sling get caught on something! You don't need a sling to steady your gun for those long shots, when you are shooting a shorty. As a HD weapon you won't be carring around the gun when you don't need it. That's just my opinion, and we all know what opinions are worth!
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    The benefits of a good sling go far beyond steadying the gun for long shots (I've never used one for this, outside of some long range competition shooting) and carrying the weapon over long distances... The real benefit of the sling is to allow you to use your hands without dropping your weapon on the ground.

    Opening doors, manipulating light switches, calling 911, and (perhaps most importantly) going hands-on with the BG all require hands - hands that can't be on your weapon at the same time. A good sling can help (at least) balance and maintain control of the weapon when you have to let go with one hand. In a worst case scenario, a sling is an invaluable weapon retention tool - it is much harder for the BG to take your gun away from you when it is strapped to your body. If you also have a pistol, a sling is a HUGE help when transitioning from your long gun to your handgun.

    A proper sling, worn correctly, will not snag on things, make noise, or whatever else any more than your groggy, half-blind-with-sleep butt will without a sling.
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    I voted sling but my 1100 is dual purpose. During deer season its my slug gun and the rest of the year it's my HD shottie. For hunting, the sling is absolutely necessary but in the home, I'm not so sure it matters as much. For HD, I dont think I would use it to "steady" my aim, time is of the essence. I would shoot from the hip if necessary. I dont think the sling would "get in the way" while clearing your home or for protecting your family, I'm just too lazy to remove it after deer season.
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    Absolutely yes, all my long guns and shotguns have slings.
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