I had the chance to try two of the Sandstorm Custom Rifle Slings braided 550 Cord slings, a two point (standard weave) and single point (double cobra weave). I’ll be honest, I was a little apprehensive at first. Being a fan of padded slings I figured the 550 Cord would be uncomfortable. I was wrong, completely wrong. It got up to 100 degrees and the humidity wasn’t too far off that mark. It was most definitely a “case-of- water” type of day. Regardless of the inclement weather both the 2-point and single point slings retained a high level of comfort. Let’s be honest, comfort is one of the most important things in a sling besides retention.
The class was titled Armored Vehicle thus most of the drills were ran in and around a vehicle. Getting in and out of a vehicle w/ a slung weapon is not easy and can be quite cumbersome. Theses slings performed very well the entire 9 hours.
Speaking of retention, these two slings did a stellar job in that department as well. Two point slings are my preference (slings are often a personal preference thing). They are inherently better at retaining a rifle while on the move and I like how the rifle rests while working my secondary firearm. The single point did a fine job also. It kept the stock in the perfect position for fast shouldering. I feel the single point was perfect for the converted Draco. The HK style hooks are light, functional, and very strong. They snap into place and hold tight but are able to be opened with a single finger. High quality hardware and fasteners are used throughout.
My firearms are tools; I don’t care what they look like! I’ve said that more than once myself. Sounds great but who doesn’t like functional gear that is also good looking. Like I stated before, these slings are functional but look good too. The black and grey combination looks cool. The black and grey weave would be my choice over the all black for sure. They also offer a King Cobra weave and a multitude of color combinations ranging from black to pink.
Initial opinion of this product wasn’t strong as I was happy with the BlueForce Gear padded slings I had been using for roughly 3 years now. I really like the adjustment strap that allows the sling to be lengthened for easy transition from shoulder to shoulder. Then I thought of how often that situation has presented itself. Maybe 1% of my shooting is done from my non dominant side. So it really is a moot point.
In normal fashion I encouraged others to shoot my firearms. Everyone who has tried either sling has reported back on how much they like them. The only complaint was from my 250 pound former Marine friend. The sling for my 180 pound frame was too small. When ordering order the proper length. They do offer approximately six inches of adjustability.
They look good, are comfortable, well made, and are very functional. Four for four for what a sling should be. I would definitely recommend a Sandstorm sling to anyone for any type of shooting need. And if you ever get in a bind and need 550 cord theses slings offer 80 feet of it. If you’re looking for a great sling hit the guys up at http://sandstormcustomrifleslings.com