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Gunfighter Moment – Daryl Holland

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Ranger Bands – Carbine Sling “S Roll”


I had a Gunfighter Moment putting together a BCM carbine and I noticed this nice thick black rubber band around the BCM stock holding a bag of Ranger Bands by GEARWARD. I wondered how many people didn’t know about “S” rolling the sling and securing it to the stock to keep it out of the way until needed, so hopefully I can help a few learn something new.

This simple heavy duty rubber band has been very useful for me over the years. Only, I had to use the beige rubber band that my Rigger friends would also use on parachutes. One of the uses with the carbine is to collapse the stock and “S” roll the sling so that the rifle is compact and a 215lb commando can fit into a sedan with kit on and spring into action as the vehicle stops without hanging himself by the sling around the neck and catching it on the corner of a car door thus becoming an obstacle for his team mates.

I learned another reason watching my cousin from Arkansas pull out what he calls a “Black Gun”, which was that he simply stored them in his safe collapsed and “S” rolled to make for a neatly kept gun safe. The sling is always in the way until you need it and having a few extra rubber bands in your pocket is always a good idea during operations…and rubber band wars!?

Having a “Gunfighter Moment” is way cooler than having a “Senior Moment”.

– Daryl Holland


Daryl Holland is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with over 20 years of active duty experience, 17 of those years in Special Operations. Five years with the 1st Special Forces Group (SFG) and 12 years in the 1st SFOD-Delta serving as an Assaulter, Sniper, Team Leader, and OTC Instructor.

He has conducted several hundred combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Philippines, and the Mexican Border. He has conducted combat missions in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains as a Sniper and experienced Mountaineer to the streets of Baghdad as an Assault Team Leader.

He has a strong instructor background started as an OTC instructor and since retiring training law abiding civilians, Law Enforcement, U.S. Military, and foreign U.S. allied Special Operations personnel from around the world.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn, they offer some words of wisdom.