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cjw79

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I was looking through the AP photo archives today and found this photo. It was dated April 3, 1969 with the location as Chicago, Illinois. For all the talk about sling types and the need for them I was surprised to see these in what appears to be common use 50+ years ago. I believe they are using Ithaca 37s but I'm not 100%.


April 3 1969 Chicago PD.jpg 

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David Armstrong

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I don't go that far back in my career, but in the late 70s the discussion of sling/no sling for the shotgun could get pretty heated.  On one side there were those who argued it was something to get in the way, on the other side were those who argued it was a way to keep the gun with you if you had to transition.
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Azrial

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Without a sling, what do you do with your shotgun if you have to cuff a prisoner? What about otherwise use your hands?

No sling on your shotgun makes as much sense to me as carrying a pistol, with no holster.

But, I would love to hear counter arguments, lol!
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David Armstrong

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Got to understand the times.  We didn't have all this fancy stuff, slings were usually a military surplus thing, carry of the gun was often just tucked behind your legs on the floorboard of the front seat, and so on.  So it was a legitimate concern for many.  I liked a sling on mine, but I do remember getting a week on the ground without pay because when I grabbed the shottie in a hurry one night I pulled a big chunk of the siren controls off because the sling hung up on something and I didn't really think I should take the time to be nice about it.[sneaky]
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Germansheperd

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I just roll like this

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zumatodd

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Did you guys prefer a one point or a two point sling on a shotgun?

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David Armstrong

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Personally I've always used a 2-point on everything, but that may be as much a matter of habit as anything else.
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