||THE OUTLAW SLING: Changing the way you carry your firearms!
The Outlaw Sling
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The Outlaw Sling
Seldom is there ever a product that genuinely excites me. Something new that the moment you see it you know that it will
change the way you hunt. But that is exactly how I felt the first time I saw the Timber Butte Outdoors; Outlaw Sling.
I was over on the Coyote Inc. forum cruising through to see how Tyson and the guys were doing when I spotted the ad for
TBO. There in the picture was this sling, a two-strap harness-like gun sling. I knew right then that I had found something
really cool and unique. An answer to a prayer from a two-gun hunter who had to make do with what was available.
The first thing to be done was to contact Gary Mathews over at TBO and offer to do an honest eval and review of his
product. His company has hit on a fantastic line of products for all serious hunters. Not just the sling but a lot of other
products created to fill a niche that others have somehow missed, more on that later.
The Review/Field Test
I received my sling back in mid-October. Now I knew the minute I had signed on exactly what gun I wanted this for. I have
this sweet heart of a gun called the CVA Wolf. A modern in-line, but a break action design that shoots so instinctively that
it feels like it was made for my hand. Now muzzleloader season is post regular deer season and is quite short. But wanting
to bag a deer or bear with my Wolf for me meant being able to carry it a lot more than that.
As a hunter I often carry two guns, one on my back and one in my hand. Slinging a gun on your back with a single strap
means becoming a contortionist to get it back off. Rendering the 2nd gun useless in a hunting situation where quick
reaction is required. Oh you can practice the maneuvers endlessly, but when you have your eyes on a bear at 40 yards it
gets really hard for your brain to remember. Costing me a multitude of opportunities over the years. It always seemed I
had the wrong gun in my hand.
Once bear bait season is over I transition into Small game seasons, which require a shotgun for bird hunting. A
compromise on the two-gun approach was to carry slugs in case I had a shot at a bear. But that was limited to 40 yards at
best with my 12 gauge in 3” magnums. Most of the time bears were always way out beyond that. At times I carry a 22 rifle
for long shots on rabbits and a shotgun for birding. So while hunting I could make the best of each opportunity and
increase the odds of putting meat in the pot. Again the two gun scenario. But how to get the rifle off my back and the
shotgun on when and at each time I spotted a likely chance. Let’s just say it has meant years of frustration.
Well not any more….
The Arm Drop
Around to Battery, gun vertical and in control.
Total time: Under 30 seconds…and in complete control of gun.*
*note: Left hand crosses body as gun comes around shoulder, grasps gun midway and turns it horizontal as right hand
acquires pistol-like grip and gun is shouldered. Photo sequence lacking the left hand action, my apologies.
As you can see from the pictures getting out of the sling did not require a contortionist’s flexibility. At 50, I’m pudgy and
less than graceful in that arena. The best part being the gun was always in control and pointed in a safe direction. For
black powder shooters the muzzle up position is required to avoid having the preloaded bullet and powder charge
separating. This small air space between them in a non-compressed load has caused several nasty breach explosions
over the years. Too much pressure can build up and a catastrophic explosion results. The modern sabot can and will seal
the barrel to protect the powder charge in the muzzle up position. But if I suspect bad weather is at hand I cover the
muzzle with Saran wrap and a rubber band. Just to keep the downpours and snow out of the barrel.
After some adjusting to suit the barrel heavy CVA, I can carry this rifle all day, and have on several occasions since
getting the sling. I even took it” off-road” and crisscrossed a couple of really good tangles I love to push looking for
rabbits. The gun rode low enough to my shoulder that I was able to move through the cover with relative ease. But was
easy to bring off my back and to battery, as I needed. (I spotted a bear “stump”, and got the gun around easily. Feeling
foolish when the distant shape turned out to be a root ball from a blowed over spruce.)
I have been nothing but pleased with the Outlaw Sling. It’s ruggedly made and the neoprene padding is perfect. I can see
where some may want ammo loops, call loops and or a sternum strap as add ons. But I like mine as it is. Right down to
how securely the buckle and loops attach it to my gun. Now you can opt for the quick detach on your sling, so you can
move the sling from gun to gun easily. But I think I will just get one for each of my “Backup” guns. I am solidly impressed
with this product. At $34.00 it is more than a cheap strap at Walmart. But you can’t buy this innovation or quality at Wally
World. But the price is amazingly cheap for the quality of the product and the true innovation that goes into each one. I will
never buy another Walmart special for my guns. Oh I have leather straps and a few Walmart/Winchester/Remington
slings. But they are just straps. The Outlaw Sling is a “carry solution”.
If you have to hike into your hunting area and need your hands free to navigate through trees or up rocky terrain. Or in
any situation where you would need or desire to have your hands free, you really need this sling.
This sling is the Ultimate answer to every hunters dilemma, which gun do I take? Both! Sling one on your back with The
Outlaw Sling. Now the cool part is you can still shoulder sling your other gun without any issue of any kind. Since the
Outlaw sling centers your “backup” gun. Oh you may get a little rubbing, but scratches on a working gun are like scars to
man. They just add character. Besides if you were afraid to get a few dings in it you would have left it in the gun cabinet.
Even if you are a one-gun hunter the idea that you can back sling the gun means your arms and hands will not be
fatigued when needed most. You will shoot better and more accurately as a direct result of The Outlaw Sling. Getting the
gun from your back to your hand is thirty seconds!! With practice you can unsling your rifle and kneel in one continuous
smooth action. Bringing the gun around and into battery while maintaining eye contact with the game. Then up comes the
rifle into rested hands and arms. Scope aligns and deer appears in the lens. Gun is snugged to shoulder in readiness,
safety off, and rifle sounds. From start to finish, moments, truly defining moments.
Go check it out……could be a defining moment for you too.