Posted on February 18th, 2013 by ar15news
I’m starting to get caught up on some reviews and the Chameleon Sling by Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training was one that I was excited to tell you guys about. I recently had a chance to use this sling for a month or so and see what its all about. The Chameleon Sling name fits it right as it is very adaptable to not only the equipment you are using but also to the users preference as well. The Chameleon Sling is designed as a Vest-Integrated sling but can be modified to be used without a Vest, Chest Rig or Plate Carrier. By mounting your sling to your Plate Carrier, etc. it removes the pull on your neck reducing neck strain and skin irritation.
There are three main modes the Chameleon Sling can be mounted, two Vest-Integrated and one Non-Vest-Integrated Single Point mode. The first mode and the one that separates this sling from all the others is the Chameleon mode. This is where you use just the bungee section of the sling and attach it to your vest/plate carrier using the supplied snaps as shown attached to my Banshee Rifle Plate Carrier in the picture below. By mounting one in the front and one in the back your weapon is slung high and tight to your side instead of right in the front where it can get in the way while moving, etc. Depending on how you prefer to set this up it can create very easy transitions to your secondary weapon by dropping the rifle to the opposite side leaving clear access to the secondary.
The Second Vest-Integrated mode is the Patrol mode. This entails again using just the bungee section of the sling and attaching the sling higher up on the shoulders leaving the rifle to hang in the center of the chest. Depending on how tall you are and how long your arms are you can just change which loop you connect the sling to. I personally am a bit taller and have pretty long arms so it works better for me to have the rifle slung a bit lower.
The last mode is the standard Single-Point Bungee mode. This is an easy setup just by attaching the supplied adjustable strap to the bungee section of the sling. This gives you the ability to use the Chameleon sling even without the use of a Chest Rig or Plate Carrier.
The ease of use of this sling was very surprising. Normally an item that is very configurable can be overly complex but this wasn’t the case with the Chameleon Sling. I was very impressed with the quality of the construction and materials used for the Chameleon Sling. All of the components are very high quality and built to last. I personally only had one small issue at all during my use with the Chameleon Sling and was one that has been remedied on all future units. Periodically during use I noticed that while attaching it or shouldering it would get the webbing to ride up on the carabiner and get caught on the pivot pin for the gate and the sharp edges in the same area. I did let them know about this and they have already begun using heat shrink tubing around this area which will keep this from happening at all. This will also dress it up a bit. At the time of my review the Chameleon Sling only came with Mash Hooks as an attachment option.
Also, I prefer to use QD’s so I attached a small QD to the Mash Hook which you can see in the pics above and it worked great. They now offer a total of 3 attachment options, Mash Hook, Snap Shackle or QD Swivel. With all of the features this sling offers you might be thinking “Its got to be expensive” but its not. The Chameleon Sling comes standard with the Mash Hooks for just $45. If you would like Snap Shackles or QD Swivels the price is just $50 and $55 respectively. Overall, I think this is a fantastic sling especially for those of you who wear a Chest Rig or Plate Carrier daily or if you’re looking for a sling that can adapt to its environment like a Chameleon.
You can purchase your Chameleon Sling at TacDynamics.com
Be sure to check out the Chameleon Shooting Products Facebook page for your chance to win one of these awesome slings when they reach 500 fans.