It isn’t often that I find a new part or gizmo and say, “Huh! I guess I needed this more than I thought!” As I’ve been practicing my running, gunning, and slung up shooting in anticipation for a seven-mile biathlon this fall, I have been making a lot of changes to my gear. To be honest, a few months ago, I decided to stop thinking too much about what I was using for kit and just trying everything. And to quote one of my fantastic instructors at the SIG Academy, “Your gear is either fighting you or helping you.” With that in mind, I’ve been trying everything I can get my hands on, and I’m stunned at how simple Strike Industries’ Ambush Sling Loop appears to be, and how goshdsarn useful it has become . . .
The Ambush Loop is a Picatinny-attached device that sports a QD cup on one side and a trapezoidal shaped hoop on the other. It sits completely flush with a Picatinny rail section so you can mount other pieces of gear on top of it. As you can see in the photo above, I have Warne’s big honking 34mm scope mount sitting atop the Ambush Loop with no problems.
As I mentioned in the intro, I’m training for a seven-mile biathlon this fall. As part of the race, you must carry all your gear, guns, water, and ammo, but you can’t use any shooting sticks or artificial support for the longer range shots (~400 yards). I’m most comfortable using a Turner 1907 Sling, but to use it in the seated position, I need to be able to disconnect it from the buttstock with minimal muss and fuss. Blasphemous as it might sound, hooking up a 1907 sling to a QD swivel makes this possible.
Using a M4-style collapsible buttstock means the ability to use any number of QD buttplates or cups built into the stock to help facilitate that mission. The problem is that I loathe using a collapsible stock when an A2 stock is available. I had all but resigned myself to drilling the A2 stock and gluing a QD cup in place when Strike Industries sent me this QD mount. Now I’m able to attach the sling across the front of my body, but quickly disconnect, sling up and start shooting.
I haven’t taken the opportunity to use the other side so much, but it is handy for looping nylon slings, carabiners, and Paracord through. Feel free to use it however you see fit.
Specifications: Strike Industries Ambush Sling Loop
- Made of solid steel
- Dual purpose loop and swivel sling adapter
- Lowest profile sling mount
- No interference with optics
- MSRP: $29.50
Ratings (out of five stars):
Fit, Finish, Build Quality * * * * *
This little piece of kit is very solidly made and seems to have held up well with an 8 lb. rifle dangling off of it for miles and miles. It attaches very securely and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Compatibility * * * * *
I tried out QD swivels from several companies and was unable to find one that wouldn’t fit and stick. The other end allows you to loop numerous types of materials through the trapezoidal hoop. Go nuts with modularity.
Overall Rating * * * * *
It isn’t too often that something makes me scratch my head and say, “Yeah! I needed that!” For less than $30, you can pick up a piece of kit that’s sturdy, modular, and actually helpful. Well done, Strike Industries.
Do you have any pictures with the sling attached showing how you carry the rifle?
Yeah, Tyler, you need another pic.
I’m planning a standalone post to cover all the gear I settled on for this race. And then a follow up to talk about how it actually did.
This is for the BATTLEROAD USA Zombie Biathalon ?
Scope on a biathlon rifle? I am sceptical to say the least.
From the description, sounds like it’s not a “real” biathlon – it’s an extended run and gun with a tactical rifle.
Standard biathlon shooting is 22lr at 50 yards. He is doing something else.
Texas sized biathlon
Huh. Looks pretty sweet! Nice find.
When I saw “Sling Loop,” I immediately thought of Billy Bob Thornton.
Is that a “grip safety” on the charging handle in the last pic? If so, what/where/how much?
From the logo and overall appearance, it looks like what Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) sells as standard on their rifles.
“Is that a “grip safety” on the charging handle…”
Grip Safety = A safety mounted on the rear of a pistol grip which prevents the firearm from discharging until it is depressed presumably my a proper tight grip, typically only on handguns. Therefore there is not one on the charging handle, it wouldn’t make any sense.
The “last” photo (http://truthaboutguns-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/photo-21.jpg I assume) shows a close up of the sling swivel. Behind it you can see a standard mil spec AR15 charging handle. The claw mechanism the standard clasp that keeps the charging handle inside the receiver during cycling.
I hope that helps… I cant really tell what you mean by your question.
I know what a grip safety is, and that that isn’t one, thus the scare-quotes. Just couldn’t think of the right term for what I was asking about. You got it. Thanks! While I’m sure I’ve seen that side of an AR, I clearly didn’t remember it.
There exists a magpul stock that fits the rifle receiver extension just like your A2 and has integrated QD sockets. I have one, it’s pretty nice. Fugly though (like all magpul stuffs). Slinging a rifle with the rear point that far forward looks pretty ungainly to me. There also exists a rear sling loop for the A1/A2 stocks that replaces the loop bit with a qd socket.
You can also buy A2 stocks with QD mounts installed, but if you have to buy a second stock magpul is a better choice.
Another vote for the Magpul full-length fixed stock:
And given that scope mount, I don’t think the user is too worried about fugly…
The problem I found with the sling further back was that even with a 14.5″ barrel with a pinned/welded flash hider, the barrel knocked around at my knees. This pulls it up much higher allowing me keep the gun roughly centered on my body. I’m going to run around with it some more, but it seems to work well.
Also, I happened to have the A2 stock on the lower I used for this build. Nick has one of those Magpul stocks for me to try out because I said I’d try anything once.
This and a sharp 1/2″ drill bit are what you want.
Just built a 5.4lb open sighted AR with Cav Arms A2 stock and QD mounts front and rear. They work great.
Can you take a video doing immediate action drills? I’m curious about the proximity and height of the attachment point, in regard to the charging handle. Thanks!
$30 for a swivel? No thanks.