Specter Gear 182 SOP Slings are called the next evolutionary step in 3 point tactical sling design. Here are a few reasons why and how it differs from Specter Gear standard CQB Slings.When Specter designed the SOP sling their intent was to produce the ultimate tactical patrol sling design, incorporating every positive feature suggested to them by end users as well as addressing, and solving, every negative issue relating to conventional 3 point sling designs that we had identified. To begin with 1.5" wide webbing is used for the sling strap. It's exactly the same type of webbing used on Specter Gear CQB Slings except for being wider. The purpose of the 1.5" width is to better distribute the weight of the weapon.
The next difference has to do with how the sling attaches to the weapon. Good sling design should work with the weapon, not against it. Conventional 3 point slings that are solidly attached to the side of the weapon don't hang well in anything but the Off Side Drop carry mode and have a tendency to bind up and limit efficient movement of the weapon during positional shooting. So, for the SOP Sling, Specter Gear choses flexible 1" attachment straps to be used at each end of the sling to interface with the mounting adapter sling loops or sling swivels. The 1" straps move, shift and conform within the sling loops to allow the SOP Sling to move more efficiently with the weapon thus enhancing free movement of the weapon and allowing the weapon to hang in a more vertical orientation while being used in the Military Patrol Ready carry mode.
Another change is the ability for this sling to be set up for left or right handed operators. All of Specter SOP mounting adapters (If applicable) are set up with right and left hand mounting points. With the attachment strap feature it's a simple matter to attach the sling to the mounting adapters for use on either side. So, there is no right or left hand specific version necessary. The adapter strap feature also allows the user the flexibility to experiment with user specific custom mounting solutions. Those are all great features. However, the feature that sets this sling apart from any other is the Transition Release Buckle (TRB). The TRB allows the sling to be quickly and efficiently extended to instantly create slack that allows for easy left/right shoulder transitions. This feature addresses a common complaint associated with conventional 3 point tactical sling designs. With those types of slings it's very difficult, if not impossible in some cases, to execute a cross shoulder transition. This creates a serious problem in an urban environment.
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Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP is available with the following options:
- 182 BLK: Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP, Ambidextrous - Black
- 182 BLK-ERB: Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP, w/ ERB, Ambidextrous - Black
- 182 COY: Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP, Ambidextrous - Coyote
- 182 COY-ERB: Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP, w/ ERB, Ambidextrous - Coyote
- 182 FG: Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP, Ambidextrous -Foliage Green
- 182 FG-ERB: Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP, w/ ERB, Ambidextrous - Foliage Green
- 182 OD: Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP, Ambidextrous - Olive Drab
- 182 OD-ERB: Specter Gear SOP Sling, Beretta 1201FP, w/ ERB, Ambidextrous - Olive Drab