As most experienced shooters know in a tactical situation, you do not have time to grab this and that. All you have time for is grabbing your weapon in many cases. How many rounds in the magazine and did you top it off last time, these are all questions running through your mind. As you know practically speaking, you can never have too many rounds available in any combat situation. One way of ensuring you always have enough shells at your finger tips is to purchase a Blackhawk Shotgun Shell Sling that holds up to 15, 12-20 gauge shells securely.

You will need to have the swivel mounts already on the shotgun. The sling comes with standard swivel spring hooks for attachment to the shotgun. The sling of course is easily adjusted for carrying or shouldering the weapon. Some shooters at times have stated that a sling gets in the way in a combat situation, particularly in tight spaces. However, having extra rounds readily available is an excellent trade off against the possibility of the sling getting in the way. As with anything, practice will help you overcome any objections you might have to using a shotgun shell sling.

The shells are positioned on the sling so they are close to the weaker hand for fast combat reloads (top offs). Ones that have purchased this sling have given it a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars rating.

Manufactures’ Specifications:

• Fully adjustable shotgun slings that holds 15 shells color black
• Attaches to standard swivels with spring hooks
• Material is made from high quality nylon/elastic webbing
• Non-slip backing

Users have stated that because the Blackhawk Shotgun sling is wider it does not “dig” into the shoulders as a more slender sling would.

Other comments include that the swivel clips swings the weapon in an awkward way sometimes and it will take some getting used to. The hooks however, are designed so that the sling can move with the weapon somewhat and does not become caught and possibly break under pressure.

Some users have stated they reverse how the sling is mounted to put the shells closer to the stock because the swinging of the heavy shells closer to the barrel causes the muzzle to move. To help prevent the sling/shells from swinging and causing the barrel to move you can take the slack out of the sling. Use your own judgment as to whether you want the shells closer to the stock or forearm.

Tape or other means can be used to tape the swivels to restrict movement and reduce noise. Elastic shell holders may stretch out over time and cause the shells to fall out. Making your way through heavy brush might cause the shells to fall out as well. When the shotgun is shouldered, the shells would be close to the body, so unless you are thrashing through the brush with no regard, the shells will be held securely in place.

My friend has this sling for some time and told me that there is no problem with keeping the shells secured, even after repeated loading and unloading of the elastic shell holders.

You have to keep in mind the sling when loaded to capacity or even half full with shells will add weight to the shotgun. However, when shouldered the sling is designed for comfort, and the extra weight on the shoulders is insignificant.