Posted on February 11th, 2014 by ar15news
This article is a special guest post by my buddy Johnny Danger. Johnny Danger is a man that needs no introductions. If you’ve met him before you know enough to check your wallet after you part ways. He is a man that loves his country and will save a puppy before he saves you. Oh and he takes some awesome photos. Enjoy!
Competition drives innovation and fortunately for gun owners, there are no shortages when it comes to firearm accessories. Currently, the market has more than its fair share of “me too” products and it is somewhat cumbersome distinguishing one product from another; some falling short of user expectations leaving you less than enthusiastic. One thing we know for sure is that when it comes to quality products, whether they are triggers, hand guards or optics, you ultimately “get what you pay for”. I think a few of us can admit that at some point, we made a “budget” purchase to get by because we couldn’t justify the cost of product XYZ. I mean, they accomplish the same task don’t they? “Save a nickel spend a dime” come to mind!? Sometimes overlooked and usually not given the same amount of consideration, a rifle sling is an important accessory where there is a vast array of choices but finding the right one may be difficult. Any shooter that has spent significant time carrying their rifle will attest to the importance of a quality sling and the one we’re reviewing today may open your eyes to an option that has gone under the radar.
Savvy Sniper (SS) Slings is a small outfit that has gained a steady following among military, law enforcement and civilian circles as having one of the most well thought out, high quality slings on the market. Made proudly right here in the USA, each sling is custom hand-made using only the best components. Today’s review is Savvy Sniper’s top of the line offering, the QUAD Dual QD MS Cobra with the new ALG Defense Forged Sling Swivel – All Metal (MSRP $124.95; ALG Defense FSS were added at an extra cost). The sling below features high-end Cobra AustriAlpin tri-glide & buckle components with Mount-N-Slot (MS) 2 to 1 Point QD Triglide.
First thing you’ll noticed when you pick up the sling is how well constructed it is or “bomber” as the folks at SS like to call it; it literally oozes high quality. The attention to detail and manufacturing is evident and to say that the stitching is top notch would be an understatement. If you own any high quality outdoor clothing, you’ll appreciate the double stitching that went into all critical areas to ensure that they will not fail under hard use. The slings are made with heavy duty 1” mil-spec tubular nylon and feature an 11” bungee section that allows for just enough stretch (~8”) when needed.
The Cobra buckle is quickly being adopted in high end gear whether it is belts, chest rigs, and now slings. SS incorporates the Cobra buckle for its quick disconnect feature but also to minimizes unintentional release by requiring actuation of both buttons to be pressed to release the buckle. The quick disconnect feature is useful if you should find yourself in a position where you need to ditch your weapon or if you need to remove the weapon for field maintenance or stow it. Reattaching the rifle back to the sling via the Cobra buckle is a breeze and does not require the same fiddling with QDs, hooks, pull tabs, etc.
The owners at Savvy Sniper are so confident in their product that they back it with a lifetime warranty. If you should ever be in a situation where you’re hanging off the side of a cliff by your sling and it breaks, breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your next of kin will get quick replacement from Savvy Snipers.
The sling is secured to the rifle using the ALG Defense FSS which are lightweight (0.5 ounces), heavy duty (pull forces of up to 800 lbs), and forged from 7075 T6 aluminum. The FSS also features a low recessed button to prevent accidental release if bumped into equipment but easy enough to press with gloved fingers.
Where this sling really shines is the quick-adjust buckle that features the tri-glide plate. I’ve owned various slings that were equipped with quick adjust straps only to be disappointed by how difficult they were to reach and manipulate. Unlike slings that require using loose straps or velcro to adjust the length of the sling, Savvy Sniper utilizes a tri-glide component with a nice sized loop that allows effortless adjustment of the sling with a finger or thumb (even with gloved hands). If you want to tighten the sling, simply use your thumb and push the looped tri-glide forward. To release, simply use your two fingers to pull the loop towards you. It simply does not get any simpler than that folks.
Another great feature that Savvy Sniper executed perfectly is the transition between a two-point sling to a single point configuration utilizing the MS QD attachment point. The MS QD attachment features an anti-rotation point of connection for the ALG Defense FSS. As soon as you lock the FSS into the MS QD, you use your support hand to cinch the tri-glide loop towards the MS QD and you’re good to go. With other single point slings, I found that after I transition from a 2-point to a single, the rifle would sag really low even when cinched up real tight. Not so with the SS sling; even in single point attachment it keeps the rifle sitting high on the chest allowing you to quickly shoulder the rifle. Most importantly, the sling feels very comfortable supporting the full weight of the rifle.
There will be some readers that will scoff at the cost of the sling and that’s understandable; not everyone needs their top of the line offering. If Cobra buckles, all metal hardware, and QD attachments aren’t required, maybe you should give a look at their QUAD HK Sling (MSRP $59.99). No matter which sling you select, they all use the same tri-glide system and some variation of the hardware to give you the same functionality. For me, I wanted to see what the company’s best offering was and they did not disappoint. In addition, I also ordered their M4 Lite sling (MSRP $29.95) which does not come with any attachment points or bungee section (user provided) but still features the quick disconnect and tri-glide system. This would be a great option for those that have their own mounting system.
Overall, I feel that Savvy Snipers puts together quality products that should satisfy the most demanding user. With a variety of slings, each customer should be able to find the sling that meets their needs at a price point their comfortable with. For more information about Savvy Sniper Slings, check out their website at www.SavvySniper.com. You can also follow Savvy Sniper Slings on Facebook.
The ALG Defense FSS (Forged Sling Swivel) will be available soon at www.ALGDefense.com