With practice, transitioning from your long gun to handgun can be accomplished very quickly. Here, the handgun is on target as the long gun is being slung. Taking a knee can also make you a smaller target as you fix your primary weapon.

It doesn’t take a brilliant strategist to realize that a long gun, such as an AR-15 or a shotgun, is typically preferable to a handgun in a gunfight. Superior ballistic performance and enhanced accuracy make the long gun your “primary” weapon, but there are bound to be times when it’s necessary to transition to your handgun.

When your primary weapon malfunctions or runs empty within your effective handgun range, you’re better off engaging the threat with your handgun than trying to fix your long gun. In a close-quarter environment, you might opt to transition from a fully functional long gun to a handgun for its maneuverability, which makes it easier to negotiate corners without the gun preceding your movement. The handgun, even at the ready, also affords you a free hand with which to open doors, move obstacles or fight. In any case, you need to be well versed in transitioning from one weapon to another to afford yourself every advantage during a high-stress encounter.

If in the event your long gun malfunctions and leaves you vulnerable, to transition without a sling, simply pull the long gun in close to your body while drawing your handgun.

Sling Considerations
There are several types of slings on the market. Two of the most popular and practical slings are the single-point and the two-point styles. As their name implies, single-point slings have only one point of contact to the weapon, which is typically attached to an aftermarket receiver plate. Two-point slings are usually affixed to sling mounts positioned along the barrel and stock, or strapped around the stock itself.

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