Gear Review: Strike Industries S3 Sling

Strike Industries S3 Sling, Silent Strategic System.

imagesFrom the company website:
When Strike Industries began the design and development of the S3 Silent Strategic Sling we meticulously the researched process with the intent of creating a one of a kind sling system that gave the user both the strength and flexibility they require, coupled with seamless stealthy operational functions. Thus, we constructed a Nylon based sling with Kelvar loop attachments that cancel out any noise from friction of contact points. We’ve also added nylon covering over the YKK Hamerloc buckles to mask the sound of a quick detachment. We’ve put the sling through a series of rigorous stress tests to give the user powerful sling attachments that can withstand over 300 lbs of force without give away any pliability. The S-3 is designed for optimal comfort, strength, and the guaranteed sustention of the element of surprise!

 

photo (18)The first thing you will notice about this particular sling is the tie in points. Instead of using metal swivel slings (which, can at times be frustrating to deal with for hunting since they can make noise, rust, threads become stripped, and slings can get twisted up), this sling uses kevlar ropes which are simply girth hitched to your gun’s sling connection  points. The kevlar ropes are rated to 300 lbs., far greater than any metal components on the market. This picture shows the S3 Sling kevlar ropes next to a typical swivel sling connector. 

As I have previously been annoyed with metal sling components , I decided to take this S3 Sling for a trial run over 4 days of turkey hunting. The design is simple, yet progressive. Sleek , minimalistic, and anything that can potentially make noise has been addressed.

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photo (17)One of the niftier features is the sling length adjustment. For runnin’ and gunnin’ turkey hunting, I usually  prefer my shotgun to be slung across my back so that I can drop to my knees, crawl and/or run without the gun bouncing around. The design allows you to instantly adjust the length of the sling for wearing the gun across your back (compensating for a backpack or turkey vest) and instantly adjust to a length appropriate for use as a shoulder sling. Pictured is the adjustment release. Simply pull the cord and the sling length increases.

photo (15)Another feature that I really like are the two muted YKK Hamerloc buckles at each end of the sling. These muted buckle points allow you to quickly release the sling. Since I often prefer to have my shotgun slung across my back (as opposed to wearing the gun vertical on one shoulder), there can be a fair amount of motion involved with unslinging a gun when a hot bird is bearing down on you. I like this quick release because I can instantly release my shotgun with very little motion and no noise.

As a bonus, the sling can quickly be converted to a single point sling. Though I have yet to hunt with it this way, a hunting partner of mine was recently commenting how nice a single point sling would be for rabbit hunting since you always need your gun at the ready for a 40 mile-per-hour rabbit that always seems to jump out of nowhere. Additionally, I was easily able to hook this sling up to my bow. The archery sling options currently on the market are miserably designed  and way overpriced (yeah, I’m talking about you, Primos). In the coming Fall, I will likely be using this sling on all of my weaponry. The cost is right at $25.95 directly from the company’s website, adjustability for different lengths and different weapons is instant, the sling is lightweight and tough as any other sling on the market.

Though Strike Industries did not design this sling for hunting purposes, I think we have a winner here. One tip to the company: How about a Camo option?

One response to “Gear Review: Strike Industries S3 Sling

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