While shooting my new Kel-Tec KSG at my cousin's range, he remarked that I might want to purchase a single-point sling. First, he really didn't like the way the front attachment point of the stock strap was so close to the end of the barrel. My response was that I had just ordered the Hi-Tech "Crusher" Breacher, which would give me an additional inch of barrel length. But that wasn't the only issue he had with the dual attachment.
He brought out one of his guns with a single-point sling and showed me how he could comfortably carry the weapon at his side but quickly bring it up into the traditional shooting position at his shoulder.
I told him Kel-Tec sold a single-point sling attachment that fit at a point about 12" forward from the back of the gun, but he said for optimal balance, it would be better for the attachment point to be right at the back of the stock.
A couple days later, we attended the Champaign (IL) ECA Gun Show and I looked at a few different slings. The one I really liked wasn't for sale, as it was on a gun that was being raffled off. When I got home, I started searching for it online and found a number of similar products.
As I was looking at how the slings worked and how they attached to the back of the stock, it occurred to me that the KSG stock would actually accommodate two straps. So, I ran the ends of the strap through the two positions on the rear of the stock and then put it over my shoulder. While this might seem basic to someone who is knowledgeable as to how this should be done, it was not to me! Having never used a strap on a gun, I tried positioning the two ends in various ways, flipping over the buckles, putting one here, the other there, trying to make it comfortable.
Finally, I realized I needed to look at some of the pictures demonstrating how one should use a single-point sling. As it turned out, I was not correctly positioning the strap.
I should mention that all this fooling around with the strap took its toll, and the ends started to fray. I solved this problem by trimming about 1/4" off the ends and using a match to anneal the ends.
The result of my efforts is shown in the pictures.
The first picture shows the positioning of the straps on the left side of the gun and the second pic shows the right side.
This is exactly how the straps must be positioned to naturally rest in the correct position. One thing that isn't shown: there is no "twist." The strap makes a perfect loop.
The next picture shows the strap in action. Let me point out that the bulge you see is NOT my body--it's my shirt. I mention this only because a friend made a reference to the Seinfeld "manssiere" episode.
The final picture is a close-up of how the straps are positioned when the in the optimal position.
The gun feels very comfortable and well balanced when in this position. I can move around naturally. The KSG doesn't bounce around and I am certain this is the ideal position.
Now, I'm not saying that I won't buy that other strap that I originally went looking for. And I'm not saying I won't buy the Kel-Tec single-point sling attachment. However, I'm going to try this for a while and see how I feel about it.
In the meantime, I've saved at least $30 or so, using the strap that came with the gun.