Always Better. | September 9th, 2021
Benelli Shotgun Sling - Blue Force Gear is known for slings. We make the finest slings in the world and we make or have adapted slings to every conceivable weapon, tool, shield or device you can name. So what is the most challenging item to sling and carry? Just ask our Customer Service team and they will all agree with a minimum of conversation. It’s the shotgun. More specifically, the Tactical / Combat Shotgun. Shotguns tend to be longer, heavier and have less attachment points than just about any other weapons system.
In the Combat Shotgun world, one of the most ubiquitous is the Benelli M1 and M4 family.
In this "how to" article, we will put a two-point Vickers Sling on both a Benelli M4 and a Benelli M1 Super 90 Entry Gun. There are other models from Benelli and other similarly configured pump and autoloading shotguns such as the Remington 870/11-87, Mossberg 500/590/930 SPX, FN SLP, and a whole host of imported shotguns that can be slung in a similar fashion as well.
You can skip straight to your specific model in this article by clicking below.
For this article, we are going to discuss a two-point shotgun sling setup for two important reasons:
The Benelli M4 / M1014 Shotgun is immensely popular. Not only is it issued to police and soldiers worldwide, but it appears regularly in movies and video games such as Battlefield and Call of Duty. It is certainly one of the most recognizable shotguns in modern use.
Good news! The Benelli M4 family comes ready to attach to a Vickers Sling straight from the factory.
Front Attachment of Sling Loop
Take the front portion of your Vickers Sling (Closest to the pull tab on the adjuster) and thread it through the stamped sling loop attached to the front of the magazine tube / handguard.
Take sling and unthread triglide for step two
Thread webbing through swivel
Loop webbing over swivel and back through triglide
You will note that the front sling loop on this shotgun faces DOWN. While not optimal, it is how the shotgun was designed. You will find that the sling being on the underside of the firearm may cause it to roll up while slung so that the pistol grip is facing up instead of down. If this configuration works for you then you are good to go. If not, this can be fixed.
You will need a pair of snap ring pliers for this modification.
Remove the magazine tube end cap and barrel. You will see that the sling loop is held in place with a large snap ring. Ease the large snap ring out of the grooves. Then rotate the stamped sling loop plate 90 degrees to the right or left side. Reinstall the snap ring into the grooves to secure the sling loop and then reinstall the barrel.
Although it appears straight forward at first glance, we receive many calls that the sling webbing is too wide for the rear stock attachment point on the M4. It will fit, the webbing on the Vickers Sling will compress to fit the slightly smaller width loop with a little encouragement.
A flat head screwdriver (or a flat tool like a key) and a pair of needle nose pliers can make this even easier.
The trick is to use a side-to-side motion when pulling the webbing through the inset sling loop. Start at an angle with one corner of the webbing and work it under the loop bar. Then push the other corner through and use a flat tool to keep feeding webbing under until enough comes out the other side to grab with the pliers and pull through. Then continue the side-to-side motion until enough webbing is through to reinstall the triglides.
Take rear of sling and unthread triglides for step two
Place 1.25” webbing into 1” swivel on rear stock
Use a Key or Pliers to pull webbing through swivel
Tug back and forth to slowly move webbing through
Once webbing is through the swivel, it should be near first triglide
Loop webbing back through first triglide
Loop webbing back through second triglide to attach sling
Looking for this Benelli M4 sling, the products featured in this article are listed below. Additional slings compatible with the Benelli shotgun family, such as the Standard Issue Vickers Sling and the Padded version of the sling.
The world's standard in weapon slings. With over 500,000 in-use across all U.S. Branches of Service, Allied foreign militaries, local and national law enforcement, hunters, and enthusiasts. Combined with a Benelli M4 Shotgun, this makes the most versatile tactical Benelli sling available.
Next is another immensely popular Benelli shotgun, the M1 Super 90.
This was a police trade in gun that is old enough to have “Heckler & Koch” written on the side and the forend says “Laser Devices” and not “Surefire”. I didn’t really want to pay a stamp on yet another shotgun but when my favorite former online gun dealer said “I got one left, its beat, but it’s yours for $400” well what could I say? So when all my friends had their new M4s like above and I came out with this guy, I got made fun of until I said “Hey it’s the best short barrel shotty I could get for $400” that shut it down.
[Please don’t call or email in asking ‘where?!’ because then they will make us take this section out– the site is a shell of its former self out in the Midwest and I got the last one they ever had back in 2017. Gunbroker is your best bet at this point]
Back to the subject at hand. These used to be a lot more popular and readily available as they were phased out of department service as ‘breachers’ or ‘entry guns’. The idea was to have a short barreled – usually 12” or 14” – used as a dedicated breaching shotgun with specialized frangible ‘lock buster’ rounds or as a patrol officer's main long gun in the trunk or locked between the seats. Sometimes it was the sole long gun, other times used in tandem with an AR or other rifle. This is where having your less used breaching shotgun even more secure gives you more freedom to maneuver your primary long gun.
---We are purposely going to skip over the discussion of whether law enforcement patrol guns should have slings on them---
Blue Force Gear designs and builds the world’s premiere slings for firearms and tools of all types. We sling everything, including shotguns, under the premise that a well designed and built sling provides tremendous capabilities and options to the weapons user that would otherwise not be present. It’s more than a carry strap if you maximize what it can do for you.
***The information presented in this article is for information purposes only and is not to be perceived as advice or directions. Ensure that all proper firearms safety rules are being followed and test your weapon and accessory setup at the range in a safe direction before being fielded. You are responsible for your own safety. Seek additional help from a qualified professional or your organizations chain of command as needed.***
This project starts with a Blue Force Gear Medic Sling. This sling is just like the regular Vickers Slings adopted by the Marine Corps, USAF, Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies with the primary difference being that it features TWO patented quick adjusters on it. This allows the user to cinch the sling even tighter than a traditional Vickers Sling – a great benefit with the shorter than normal distances between the sling points on this shotgun. This sling was designed by a Special Forces 18D Medic who wanted the ability to tightly secure his weapon on his back when going “hands on” with a patient or prisoner..
Note that the Medic Slings are typically a ‘limited run’ product that we have available a few times a year. If you don’t have one and it isn’t in stock, don’t worry, any Vickers Sling variant will work. Be sure you are signed up on our email list to be notified each time the Medic Slings become available!
Since we are using the Medic Sling – the “front towards enemy” is the end with the two ‘loop locs’ sewn in and close together. The question of the day is where to mount it up front.
Removed the magazine nut and slide the barrel and fore grip off. Then use a Molded UWL (An original aluminum Universal Wire Loop would also work) and slide it down the magazine tube and over the handguard spacer. Then reassemble the weapon and manipulate the UWL between the barrel / magazine tube / receiver / handguard. That will provide a front sling loop that was conspicuously absent just a few minutes ago. There are M1’s in circulation with a traditional stamped loop under the magazine nut. If you have one of these, your front attachment procedure will be the same as the Benelli M4 above.
From here, you could add a Push Button Swivel in between the UWL and the Medic Sling to give you a faster disconnect if you wished.
After attaching hardware to barrel, lay sling out for attaching
Thread webbing through swivel (Molded UWL)
Loop webbing over swivel and back through both loops
Loop webbing over last loop lock and under the first and tighten
A M1 Super 90 with the pistol grip type stock will have the same rear attachment point as the Benelli M4 Stock above.
As noted above, the 1.25” webbing will fit through the slot as long as you follow the procedures as outlined.
Or… You can attach a Molded UWL around the pin inset in the rear stock which will add a Quick Detach option to your rear attachment point.
The Molded Universal Wire Loop™ brings the unparalled versatility of the Universal Wire Loop with a lighter more cost effective assembly. The Molded UWL™ allows for a Vickers Sling or other slings 1.25” or thinner to attach to eyelets, slots, rail holes, or other unique mounting points on weapons while providing the capability to add a Quick Detach Sling Swivel..
Several times a year we are able to open up orders for the Vickers Medic Sling. The Medic Sling – named by an 18D Special Forces Medic that requested the design change – a Vickers Sling that allows you to cinch the sling even tighter by using two quick adjusters for going ‘hands on’ and keeping your rifle close to your front or back.
The Standard Issue Vickers Sling has become the world's standard in combat weapon slings. After extensive testing including combat evaluations, this sling is issued with the USMC M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle and authorized for use with the M4, M4A1, and M16 series weapons.
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