Over the years I’ve had some decent slings that did the job but never one I really was impressed with and did everything well. I imagine most of you have purchased slings based on looks, brand and such only to be disappointed by the performance.
My biggest pet peeve on any sling is the advertised ability to grab a tab and make the sling shorter or longer and do so quickly. They work if you yank them hard enough. With the Tri-Glide Brian uses it’s very easy to adjust the sling and do so with little effort.
One of the companies that presented products at the Big 3 is called Savvy Sniper. They have various pieces of kit but slings are their main product. Now they do have various models on the website but they just start with those as a base to build on for the type of sling the customer uses a particular weapon for and personal preferences. The prices start at $29.95 for a basic sling up to the best sling they make at $130 or so.
It’s a family business, which is run by Brian who is a Tuscarawas County Ohio Deputy Sheriff and SWAT team member. Brian does the majority of the slings on what he firmly says is “his” sewing machine. Yes indeed we gave him a bit of static over being a SWAT team member with a sewing machine. Well I’m glad he is because they turn out some great slings.
Brian uses heavy material for the slings, which varies in width and thickness depending on the intended weapon and use. The hardware used is everything from military grade plastic to AustriAlpin Cobra buckles and Tri-Glides as well as metal fittings rather than plastic. They make both single point and two point slings however most are capable of both modes of carry.
What Brian prefers is to have a customer spend some time on the phone with him and get a specific set of needs, desires, type of weapon and carry method as well as preferred material for the fittings. This isn’t an operation where you pick from set options and never talk to anyone. Each sling is truly a custom creation made specifically for you based on your conversation with Brian.
I have one of his fairly basic slings with the Tri-Glide. I’ll be ordering one with metal fittings, Tri-Glide, QD attachments with a Cobra buckle for easy removal. It will also have a section of bungee. Over time I intend to replace my slings with his.
He actually had one I tried to talk him out of but at this point it’s a one of kind that will be made for one of the SEAL Teams. This sling uses all metal fittings, Tri-Glide, H&K clips as well as QD attachments right next to the H&K clips so they have a choice of mounting based on the weapon used. It also had a Cobra buckle. All of the slings are made for the size of the user. If you’re a big guy they can make one to fit you. These run $134.00.
Have a look at the website to get an idea of the basic designs. Brian can be reached here: