Chalker Sling

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Dennis “The Snake” Chalker developed the original Chalker Sling back in 1984. In this video, he explains the evolution of the Chalker sling and the other iterations of the sling system. It is a rather simple sling system and seems rather effective. Jersey Tactical sells it for $99.99.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • USMC03Vet

    $100 for a sling?

  • Vhyrus

    Because, you know, when my front door gets kicked in or an angry mob is descending upon my neighborhood, I can call a timeout and ask for one of them to take ten minutes to help me put on my gun…

    • whskee

      When I was a fresh new guy in the military, some good-idea-fairy thought these would be great for the watch team. Just 1. To be turned over every couple hours when the team rotated. Pure HATE HATE HATE. I just want to burn the f’ing things when I see them now. That experience drove me to engineer some poor-man sling’s from 550 cord, bungee, tube nylon, and carabiners. And it was actually better.

    • You know, amazingly enough, I don’t have any problems with a simple, straight-forward 2-point sling that uses sling swivels (actually I prefer NON swivels — fixed bails) on the inboard side of the rifle? Just loop the damned thing over my neck and go.

    • David Sharpe

      It takes you 10 minutes to put on a T-Shirt? The sling goes on like a t shirt, then takes 2 seconds to attach your gun.

      As for the door being kicked in….this isn’t a home defense sling. I don’t know why anyone would want to sling their rifle in a home defense situation.

  • Aar0nC

    “the snake”? like… the Solid Snake??

    • Jaggedx

      Red Team Leader. Just sayin.

  • SD3

    “Dennis “The Snake” Chalker developed the original Chalker Sling back in 1984.”
    And the frickin’ STACHE in 1983!

  • Phil Hsueh

    I wonder if that’s where the production team on Stargate SG-1 got the idea for their P90 slings?

    • Mr Mxyzptlk

      I don’t think they so much “got the idea”, as they just used actual Chalker slings because that was what worked best for their purposes. I remember them actually talking about them in commentaries or interviews, saying how they much preferred them to the MP5s and their slings as they were less complicated and just hung in the centre of your chest and didn’t have a sling that would slide around your body, and to remove the gun you just pull a little webbing tab to release the clip and the gun is free. However, most of the time when they were carrying the guns slung they were actually comparatively lightweight airsoft replicas, so perhaps a heavier gun swinging around there may have turned out to be more of a pain in the arse than this.

      They also worked particularly well in this case as they mostly just wore those Blackhawk Omega vests (or those custom desert ones which are similar) so the sling could be worn underneath this and the attachment point come out at the top of the zip, normally undone just a little bit if memory serves. If you were wearing it with a ballistic vest or plate carrier I can imagine it being a bit of an issue to get the harness to sit where you would want it and not interfere with pouches and what not.

      • Bill

        It was the heat when it came out originally, but I agree, with today’s armor carriers and chest rigs I’m not sure it fits, or improves on the typical single point sling for those who like them. I do like the idea of wearing it under a uniform shirt, which would enable me to rack my long guns in a car without slings getting hung up on everything. Right know the slings are folded and rubberbanded, which is kind of a hassle.

        • raz-0

          IF you watch the video, they have a solution for plate carriers. IF you accept that the original does what you want, the plate carrier version is a very elegant adaptation of the basic design to work on a plate carrier. So simple you could easily make it yourself pretty cheaply.

          • Bill

            I say that, and it did look interesting, though other companies have also developed MOLLE and PALS adapters since. Most of those seem to have more adjustability – one of the thing about this sling versus modern 2-points is it’s lack of rapid adjustability, and the fact that there are severe limits to where the weapon can be “parked.” Whenever I have to handle a prisoner or such, I can rotate the weapon to me back: with this, even latched down, the weapon is right in front.

            Personally, I’d like to see it with a plain carabiner as a quick release, and multiple sewn-in attachment loops so the weapon could be moved around. A foot or two of daisy-chain webbing at the attachment point could yield a lot a adjustibility.

  • raz-0

    “high port.. my muzzles not going to sweep anybody”

    To that.. at 6’7″ I say screw you. I get swept constantly by muzzles of people slung muzzle up at matches that are short to normal size. Start bending over, and you don’t even need ot be tall.

    Aslo it seems to resolve the getting hit in the balls problem not at all.

    That being said, the molly gear doohicky he showed could probably be DIYed into a nice keeper for a two point setup.

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    Michael Bay used the REAL NAVY SEAL operator during film ‘The Rock’ (1996) and most of the SEAL’s spotted using H&K MP5 with chalker slings.

  • gunslinger

    looks like the Bro

  • Thomas Gomez

    Awesome video. Awesome Individual. He put a lot of thought into the design of that sling.