Sling Your Weapon

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8 responses to “Sling Your Weapon

  1. Using an M60 sling on an AR rifle (or face it, most are now AR carbines) seems like overkill. A padded sling fielded for the 23.5 pound M60 seems to me to be excessive for a gun that’s a third in weight compared to the Pig.

    • SemperFi, 0321

      Agree.
      Our old M-60 slings were OD canvas, a bit longer than the M-1/M-14 slings. No padding on those old canvas slings, they seem to feel better than nylon also. I still use them.
      For some reason padded nylon straps suck ass.

  2. All of my self defense tools of the long persuasion have slings. They are extremely important. The most common self defense tool without a sling is the shotgun. Do not forget to equip your shotgun with a sling.

  3. I was an M60 gunner when I drew a check from Uncle Sugar. I wound up with a few when I was no longer thus employed. They work great on the FAL.

    Funny to see what is old become new again.

  4. Opinions vary, but some considerations you should take into account, 1 The M60 sling starts out a lot longer than a standard issue rifle sling. 2. They are readily available, and cheap. I agree that the pad is not as necessary for a rifle as it would be for an MG, but can you guarantee you won’t have it slung for a long period of time because your carrying something else (casualty, munitions, etc.). That pad keeping the skinny strap from diggin’ in can make a huge difference in your comfort level (sucks less)

    • SemperFi, 0321

      It’s all about what you’re used to. Run what you like. You younger guys have had a wealth of pussy gear thrown in your laps, and have become accustomed to 20 varieties of $100 slings and other tactical gear. So many scopes I can’t even count what sort of batteries they all take. Use it well.
      I run what I grew up with, simple basic gear that still stands the test of time, and extended combat situations, in any climate. I’ve used it from the jungle, to the desert, to the snow, and it worked for me.
      KISS.

  5. “You younger guys have had a wealth of pussy gear thrown in your laps, and have become accustomed to 20 varieties of $100 slings and other tactical gear. So many scopes I can’t even count what sort of batteries they all take.” Pardon me, I didn’t know you still used a Brown Bess. “Pussy gear”? Yeah, that 27 pound IBA with 4 plates was definitely made for pussies. Back in the day, if you passed the PT test, you were impervious to small arms fire, up to the .30 cal MG…right? We still used the same gear grunts have been using for years, but technological advances (weight, durability, ability) have all advanced, that doesn’t make it “pussy gear”, that’s asinine. I started out with a mountain bag and an M16A1, how ’bout you? I never bought a sling, I adapted them or made one (My present SOCOM sling is made out of a piece of nylon tubing from one of my rucksack H-harnesses), As far a scope batteries go, ACOG’s don’t use batteries, and I’d never use a scope that relied solely on them.

    • SemperFi, 0321

      I won’t argue your point, you guys are way tougher than we were. We had all the lightweight jungle gear., dating to WW2.