The Socom M4 Combat Slingshot is an accessory that attaches to a shotgun. The sling attaches securely to the rifle at both ends, so the name is as appropriate. It’s usually a long, sturdy loop that attaches onto your lower back, just above your waistline and below your other hand, with either a tie-turn or bungee-style strap with an adjustable hook on the other. So, what exactly do SECRET agents use a sling for?
A sidearm is obviously a primary concern, but in truth, the primary use for the SOCOM m4 combat sling is as a hip-mounted gun holster. When we refer to “hip-mounted,” we’re referring to carrying the gun (with the sling) rather than holding it (with a fixed armrest or shoulder stock). A hip-mounted gun holster allows you to get at your weapon faster and more effectively when your hands are free to do other things (such as dialling a number, picking up the paper, etc.). This is important in any surveillance job since you’ll have to react quickly to any threats as they come along. Also, it’s easier to conceal if the gun isn’t “in the way.”
A second use for the single point vs two point sling would be to attach a suppressor/sound suppressor to the gun. Suppressors are normally used by Special Forces, which has a very different requirement than civilian use. In the field, suppressors are a way to mask the sounds made by the firing of the gun (producing greater safety overall). While suppressors aren’t used by all Special Forces, it’s a good idea for those who are, as it would help them better keep cover from being heard by others nearby.
Finally, the 1 point vs 2 point sling is most commonly used by law enforcement. It’s a close quarter weapon (meaning that close to the ground the gun can be held firmer) that can be carried around and taken in a panic situation. Because it doesn’t have a fixed armrest like a pistol, a user must rely on his strength to wield the weapon. A suppressor is mounted behind the user, usually on a belt, but can also be carried over the shoulder with straps or a holster. The holster is then slipped onto the belt through an opening on the front.
There are a couple of differences between this weapon and a traditional rifle sling, especially since they were designed specifically for the Special Forces. First, there is a cross tang on the end of the sling, meaning that the rifle can’t be fired without first drawing the sling across its teeth. Second, the sight is on the rear sight only. This keeps the user from accidentally firing the weapon when it isn’t properly sighted in.
In addition to these unique features, the Socom M4 Combat Slingshot also has a standard kac forend sling mount, as well as a quick release buttstock, accessory rails, and a nylon webbing shoulder strap. The kac forend sling mount acts as a base for the sling swivel, which allows the user to rotate the entire assembly around. The quick-release buttstock allows the sling to be quickly removed from the rifle, making it very convenient for the user. Both of these accessories, as well as the nylon webbing shoulder strap, make the Socrom M4 combat sling one of the most versatile rifle attachments currently available.
If you’re going to use your Socrom M4 for the Special Forces, or for other fieldwork, you’re going to need the sling to attach your suppressor, ammunition, and other equipment. Fortunately, there are two ways to purchase these items; you can choose to go to a specialty gun store, or you can purchase everything at a regular brick and mortar gun store. As with everything else in life, the best way to go about it is to do your research and find the product that suits your needs best. For example, if you’re a member of the SWAT team, then it would make sense to purchase the SL-1200 model, which is made especially for Special Forces.
Another option would be to purchase the SL-1250 model, which is made specifically for the SWAT team. This way, you can be sure to get the best possible fit, as well as the best accessories for your weapon. Finally, in some cases, you may need to have a different mount than the one listed above. If this is the case, then contact a tactical accessory specialist at your local sporting goods store, and ask them which mount is the best choice for your specific situation.