Last rifle season I hiked 56 miles over eight days. You know what all of those miles had in common? I fought my gun. Yep, even with a great sling built with non-slip material on the inside, when the backpack shoulder straps and rifle sling try to occupy the same shoulder, there is conflict – the sling wants to slide off the shoulder. Thus, we hike with one hand on the sling to counter it or at very least constantly reposition the sling strap. Not anymore because I found the Pak-Rat Combo rifle support system.
The heart of the system is the Pak-Rat Quick-Clip that attaches to your backpack’s shoulder straps and holds the rifle sling secure. It can be very quickly released with one hand and no looking, yet holds the rifle as you move around freely. The clip is a game changer alone, but can be combined with the Rat-Tail, which is a stretchy loop attached to your backpack waistband or belt. It takes weight of the rifle off the shoulder and redistributes it to your waist while holding the stock in place. Genius! The last part of the system is the Prolinx sling which is lightweight and slightly stretchy for comfort. In my testing, I was able to jog with my rifle staying securely in place on my shoulder. The Quick-Clip can be purchased separately or in a kit containing the whole system. My next rifle season just got a bunch easier!