I remember spending a few hours last year looking for the right sling for my then-new AR build. I think I browsed all of the major online retailers a la MidwayUSA, Brownells, etc., plus all of the tacticool distributors and, of course, searched for reviews here on TTAG. When the TAVOR came in a few months ago, however, I had a much easier time thanks to Sandstorm Custom Rifle Slings. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted, like I did for the AR, but instead of scouring the internet to find it, I just sent my desires to Sandstorm and they made it. Just like that! Custom. All for like $40-$65. Now that’s hard to beat! Nearly four months later, having used the sling a fair bit, I think it’s time to put my thoughts on ‘paper’ . . .
The “Custom” in Sandstorm Custom Rifle Slings is true. Much like Jack In The Box, they don’t make it ‘til you order it. The website is set up pretty well, where most combinations of weave patterns, lengths, adjustment options, connection options and colors can be chosen on top of the various sling styles and then all of that info goes to the shopping cart. Beyond this level of customization, if you aren’t coming up with exactly what you’re looking for, shoot ‘em an e-mail and they’ll get it done. A friend of mine is currently hashing out a sweet pistol sling design with Sandstorm for a very customized Ruger ‘Charger’ he just built. The best part? Since all of their slings are custom anyway, you aren’t going to pay more for coming up with something that can’t be easily built through the website’s options.
What you’ll get in the mail is a sling made either mostly or entirely of 550#, 7-strand, Mil-Spec paracord. Typically 60 to 100 feet of it, in one or two colors, of which there are plenty to choose from (including some options that aren’t on the site if you want to get wild). Hardware comes from the best quality manufacturers, whether you’re choosing clips, hooks, QD swivels, push button QD studs, etc.
I’m using an H&K style hook at front and a ring near the back to make a sling that’s convertible from 2-point to single-point. Another option is this nifty QD socket that can be woven into the sling:
The adjustable nylon webbing section is key for me so the rifle can be carried and shouldered in different ways. Nice and short for 2-point slung across the back or chest, and let out longer for single point or for 2-point with enough slack to brace/wrap an arm in the sling. After using it for the last few months, though, I have definitely developed a preference for the 2-point, tight across the chest option. I may end up ordering another sling and keeping it really simple by sending Sandstorm my exact length requirement and doing a non-adjustable, 100% paracord sling with a QD stud on each end.
Since every sling can be different, I can’t exactly say what yours would be like. I can say, however, that the quality of this thing is great and the price seems more than fair. It shoulders the weight of the TAVOR more comfortably than the slings on my other rifles – the paracord has just a teeny bit of squish and a tiny bit of stretch, plus the woven texture and thick edges are great, and overall I just really like the feel of it a lot – and it looks pretty darn cool while doing it. So far it certainly appears as though it’s going to hold up for many years to come, too.
When I later told Zac at Sandstorm, who was always extremely helpful and responsive, that I intended to write up a review, he asked if I wanted to try out one of their belts as sort of a beta/prototype thing. The answer was “yes,” of course. I’ve worn it fairly often and it’s a cool looking, comfortable, strong belt that works great for holding my pants up and also holds its own (plus the gun) as a gun belt. At least as an IWB gun belt, as paracord doesn’t really have ‘twist’ strength that some types of OWB holsters – especially with heavy guns – can require. If you check out the video, you’ll see me carrying a Glock 20 in it. It was there all day and the belt was great. Good for everyday wear and everyday carry, for sure. As I write this, the design of Sandstorm’s belts has become better, IMHO, and I’m looking forward to seeing them hit the site. Here’s a ‘prototype’ glimpse (there’s also a wide version):
Usually if I’m going to write a review I want to put in some gripes or negatives, or at least suggestions of things I would change. With the sling, I just can’t come up with any. After all, it’s exactly what I requested and everything I was expecting. Obviously if you’re looking for leather, you’ll have to go elsewhere. A sling made from only nylon webbing would be possible, and they’ll do it, but it isn’t Sandstorm’s shtick. I don’t think I had actually purchased paracord products previously, come to think of it, but I immediately liked the feel and look of the sling a lot. The belt I would change from the design I have to the newer, 100% paracord version, and it looks like Sandstorm has gone that route already. Of course, custom is custom so if you like what you see in the video better…
Whether you need a double-wide strap to shoulder your Ma Deuce, a 1-, 2-, or 3-point sling for your hunting or tactical rifle, or something totally custom to keep that MP5 under your sport jacket, Sandstorm can accommodate. Check out the gallery on their website for some ideas.
Price: Custom, $40 and up, depending on how you build it out.