Attaching a sling to a shotgun without swivels can be done with the use of sling mounts or by using a loop of paracord. Here’s how you can do it:
Method 1: Using Sling Mounts (if available):
Materials You’ll Need:
- Shotgun with sling mounts or attachment points
- Sling mounts (if not already on the shotgun)
- Check for Sling Mounts: Examine your shotgun to see if it has built-in sling mounts or attachment points. Many shotguns come with these mounts, usually located near the buttstock and under the barrel.
- Attach Sling: If your shotgun has sling mounts, simply attach the sling to the mounts. Typically, this involves threading the sling through the mounts and securing it using the provided hardware or clips.
- Adjust Sling Length: Adjust the sling to your preferred length. Most slings have adjustment points that allow you to customize the fit.
- Test for Comfort: Ensure that the sling is comfortable and allows you to carry the shotgun comfortably. Test it by slinging the shotgun over your shoulder or across your body and making sure it stays in place.
Method 2: Using Paracord as a Temporary Solution:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Paracord or a strong cord
- Locate Attachment Points: Look for suitable attachment points on your shotgun. These can include swivel studs or other holes or slots where you can pass the cord through.
- Prepare Paracord Loop:
- Cut a length of paracord, approximately 6 to 8 feet long.
- Create a loop at one end of the paracord by tying a secure knot. Make sure the loop is large enough to fit over the shotgun’s buttstock or another attachment point.
- Thread Paracord Through Attachment Points:
- Pass the free end of the paracord through the attachment point on the shotgun (e.g., swivel stud or a hole in the stock).
- Thread the paracord through the loop you created in step 2.
- Secure the Loop:
- Pull the paracord tight, cinching the loop securely around the attachment point. Ensure it’s snug and won’t slip off.
- Repeat for Front Attachment Point: If your shotgun has a front attachment point (e.g., near the barrel), repeat the process by creating a loop in the paracord and threading it through that point.
- Attach Sling: Attach the sling to the loops you created by threading it through or using sling swivels if you have them.
- Adjust Sling Length: Adjust the sling to your desired length for comfort and ease of carrying.
- Test for Security: Ensure that the paracord loops are securely fastened to the shotgun and that the sling holds the shotgun in place without slipping.
Keep in mind that using paracord as a temporary solution may not be as durable or reliable as using dedicated sling swivels or mounts. If you plan to use your shotgun with a sling regularly, it’s a good idea to invest in proper sling swivels or attachment points for a more secure and stable setup.