[Gun Gear] Don’t Make These “Operator” Rifle Mistakes

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I remember reading an old snippet of what was probably a “Soldier of Fortune” magazine years ago.

A team leader in Rhodesia told his men, who were complaining about the weight of their FN-FAL rifles,

“It’s not a handbag, ladies. You don’t need a sling on it like a purse.”

The thing is, what even experienced, old-school operators sometimes don’t realize…

…is that a modern sling is essential, especially to civilian defenders.

Here’s why.

3 Reasons You DO Need An “Operator Sling”

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Best Operator Rifle Sling

A rifle without a sling is, well, just a rifle.

If you don’t have a sling, though, you’re making a mistake.

In fact, you’re making 3 potential mistakes:

1. A Sling Is The Only Way To “Holster” Your Rifle

Picture this: You use your rifle or carbine for home defense.

Then the cops come, because you called them…

…and your rifle is still in your hands!

That’s a good way to get shot, amigo.

But unless you want to put the rifle down, out of your control, the only way to “holster it” is to sling it.

And you can’t do that if you don’t have one, right?

2. A Sling Lets You Transition To A Pistol

A good sling lets you drop your rifle without dropping it.

If you have a single-point sling, for example, you let the rifle fall to the end of the sling, where it is safely against your body…

…and you draw your pistol to engage the threat.

I’ve seen videos of some operators who can do this “lightning fast.”

That brings me to…

3. A Sling Aids In Weapon Retention

A sling attaches the rifle or carbine to your body.

This means that if someone tries to take your weapon, it’s tethered to you.

Now, that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually wrench it free…

…but it does give you an unfair advantage when it comes to weapon retention.

In a fight for your life, always fight unfairly!

There’s just one problem when it comes to all these “operator sling mistakes.”

By now you’ve probably realized why you need a sling for your weapon…

…But a “normal” sling is almost as bad as no sling!

By “normal,” I mean the kind of sling that is basically just a “belt” from one end of the rifle to the other, the kind of thing you use to throw your trusty huntin’ rifle over your shoulder.

That kind of sling CAN’T be used for transitioning to a pistol, because you’ll never get it over your shoulder in time.

It can’t aid in weapon retention or transition, either, because it isn’t over your body when you’re shooting.

No, if you want a PROPER tactical sling, you need an “operator” style sling.

C7 SlingA great example is the C7 Hawkeye Sling.

This is an adjustable, ambidextrous sling that is perfect for your weapon.

With this sling, you can easily attach your “assault rifle,” securely and with full maneuverability.

Need to “drop” your rifle to draw your pistol?

The C7 Hawkeye Sling lets you do that, while keeping your rifle with YOU (not lying around for a bad guy to pick up).

And with the rifle attached to your body at the end of this “operator” sling, you’ll also have a much easier time hanging on to your weapon if someone tries to take it from you.

(This is, without a doubt, the EXACT type of sling you need when it comes to using your rifle (and your pistol) for self-defense and home defense.)

You can learn more on this webpage.

But even if you DON’T buy that one, you need a similar, operator-style sling for your home-defense and self-defense rifle or carbine.

This is important – which means the one thing you don’t dare do is… nothing.

Get a good sling and you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself and your family, which is what it’s all about, you know?

What Sling Do You Run On Your Rifle?

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The Survival Rifle And Urban Close Quarters Combat

With little to no law enforcement in place during a survival situation, or in a situation where the normal rules don’t apply and the authorities may be people you will want to avoid,  the survival weapons you carry with you may be the only thing standing between you and complete disaster.  The enemies you could face in a survival scenario include your neighbors, marauding gangs, and even opportunistic criminals.  Regardless of the threat you actually encounter, you must be prepared for close quarters combat should your family or you be threatened with violence.  One the best tools to meet that threat is the modern survival rifle, or what many call incorrectly “assault” rifles.

The survival rifle or assault rifle is the weapon many prepared citizens think of first when they consider their survival and home defense arsenals.  Survival rifles offer excellent range and firepower.  They are what the military carries, obviously (although civilians are limited to semi-automatic rifles that merely resemble military assault rifles).  Having such a survival weapon offers certain very useful advantages in any close quarters combat situation.

Advantages of the Survival Rifle

The modern survival rifle is light enough to wield easily in combat, relatively simple to shoot, and quite accurate.  With standard capacity magazines, the survival rifle has enough firepower to deal with mobs and crowds, as Korean shop owners demonstrated during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.  And the survival rifle gives you good effective range, allowing you to keep your distance from other people.  That’s definitely something you want in a survival situation, because you want to keep a low profile.

There’s another aspect to the modern survival rifle to consider, too.  In a post-collapse scenario, there will be a lot of military hardware in play.  That means that the ammunition you may be able to scavenge or scrounge will be what’s being used by military troops like the National Guard.  Choosing a rifle that uses the same ammunition, such as 5.56 NATO standard, means you have a better chance of obtaining ammunition in the field.  It is for this reason that insurgent troops typically use the same weapons as the forces they’re pitted against… because it is through close quarters combat with those forces that the insurgents get their survival weapons.

Disadvantages of the Survival Rifle

The survival rifle has certain disadvantages.  It is harder to conceal, which means you will tip off others to the fact that you are armed and equipped.  This can make you a target and also opens you up to the possibility of confiscation of your survival rifle by authorities.  It has happened before during disasters, such as in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  If you’re in a bug-out scenario where you have to perhaps travel long distances, the assault rifle gets heavier and heavier as the miles drag on.  Lugging one around during an extended bugout is much more difficult than carrying a smaller weapon like a handgun.

In order to maximize the benefits of the survival rifle while minimizing its liabilities, consider caching it at your eventual bugout or survival location as a primary defense weapon.  That way it will be available for long-term survival and close-quarters combat if you need it, but the disadvantages of carrying one while bugging out can be avoided.