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.