Recently I had the chance to test a new sling by Grovtec, of Oregon. It’s called the Sabre and is a 2-point attachment style. I find it to be a good choice for a defensive long gun. Here’s why.
The Sabre is made of inch-wide nylon webbing. It’s very lightweight and flexible, adding very little besides the hardware to the overall weight of the gun. It’s also a good weight for compact carry/storage such as the truck gun or bedside defensive gun role.
If you’re an old hand at long guns and haven’t yet experienced a quick-adjust sling, this is a great example of the type and its excellent utility. A finger or thumb loop is sewn into the sling and allows the user to effortlessly shorten the sling by pulling toward the muzzle end, or extend it by pulling toward the stock.
When dropping into prone, where a longer sling is necessary, or on the other hand when shouldering the gun in front of or behind the body for walking or running, where a short sling works better, this one does it all, and fast.
The loop is lined with attractive, matching suede-like material that helps it maintain its shape without being rigid.
Stitching on the sling appears solid, with doubling and “X” stitching at stress points. One of the best features of the Sabre is that it includes plunger-attachment, swivel loops on each end, making it ready to use out of the package and delivering great value compared to others of its type.
In case you need more or different hardware on one or both ends, Grovtec has a complete line of sling hardware in their online store.
Appearance-wise, the Sabre is presentable anywhere. Its subtle, rubberized Grovtec logo patch is attractive and doesn’t make the user a walking billboard.
The continuous loop design means there are no sloppy, dangling ends. Color selection is good. As the photos portray, my sample sling is coyote brown. There’s also black, multi-cam, and multi-cam black.
From my 5’5” frame to my partners 6’2” one, this sling works great with room for even shorter or taller users. This is not the case with certain other brands of quick-adjust sling, which I’ve had to cut in order not to have a veritable mile of loose webbing to deal with.
The Sabre lends itself to customized adjustment so that, no matter what the user’s stature, the pull loop can be placed in easy reach.
There are few better accessories in general for a defensive rifle or shotgun than a handy, quick-adjust sling. Grovtec’s Sabre is an excellent example of the type, and more than most is stowable in the tight places we tend to keep long guns, and suitable to virtually any shooter in the family.
This is a win/win. It’s available at numerous online retailers or order direct from Grovtec for $60—and don’t forget, that includes the hardware.