Great news article! 11 year old boy, trained with his ‘bear defense’ weapon, a 12 gauge pump loaded with bird shot followed by slugs! Most interesting part is that others in his party were armed, too, but they were carrying theirs on their shoulders via slings and couldn’t react in time!
They got knocked out of the way by the bear because they couldn’t get their rifles into play fast enough. The bear was moving that fast.
Now..apply this to your NPT scenario and training. Slings can get you killed on a patrol, especially if you can’t get your weapon up and on target. You will find that if you’re doing anything in a NPT scenario that may involve lethal defense, you need your self-defense carbine in your hands and ready.
Read the complete story, here.
The key graf:
“He was carrying it in his hands rather than on his shoulder. That was the problem with the other ones, when the bear came at his uncle, he had his rifle on his shoulder and the bear was very close, so he couldn’t get it off in time,” Lucas Clark said.
You should follow the example and train as much as you can without your sling.