What is a Shotgun Scabbard? A shotgun scabbard can be used for several different purposes. Swat team members and the military use them as a way to carry their guns long distances while still being able to access the gun at any moment. Depending on the location of the tactical mission will decide the color and actual shotgun scabbard that is used. Some scabbards have pouches or loops to hold shells which makes carrying extra ammo easier, while some are more basic and only carry the firearm.
Hunters, like myself, use shotgun scabbards while hiking around trecharous terrain, in and out of canyons or up steep faces. Using a scabbard to carry their rifle or shotgun allows them to keep their gun out of the dirt and be able to use both hands to hike or cut through brush. There are many different color schemes to choose from including different types of camo, green, tan, coyote, etc.
Whatever the purpose is to use a scabbard, it's one of the most effective ways to protect and carry your gun while out in the wild. Being able to draw out your gun at a moments notice or pack it away while hiking, climbing, or manuvering tough terrain is impossible without one. Be sure to check out some of our reviews on some of the leading manufacturers.
Evolution of Shotgun Scabbards: Shotgun scabbards have been in use for almost as long as firearms have. From the start, people were looking for ways to keep their weapons in a case for protection and also convenience in carrying. The conventional shotgun scabbard was usually made from either leather or canvas with a leather gun sling that covered the entire gun. Obviously, shotgun scabbards continued to evolve until in the mid 20th century the US Military made a concerted effort to improve the equipment that soldiers carried into battle. This iniciative was known as LINCLOE (All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment). These items included packs (hydration, medical, tactial, etc.) It also included carrying shotgun scabbard equipment. This allowed the soldiers to carry more supplies into battle without hurting their mobitilty. (LINCLOE Pack shown below)
LINCLOE eventually turned into Alice. This was basically just the next generation of tactical packs and shotgun scabbards and naturally progressed but is now mostly just used in training today. Some units in the Navy and Reserves still use Alice gear but most have switched into Alice's predecessor Molle. (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) This is pronounced, Molly, like the female name. This is the current lightweight tactical gear used by the military and other devisions. The British Army also utilized Molle tactical items. The Molle system utilizes PALS webbing (shown below) which is integrated into clothing and packs where soldiers can attach Molle compatible supplies, accessories, and pouches. Grenades, food, water, med supplies, extra rounds, and other things are stored in the pouches and can easily be accessed. Some of the accessories that Molle gear includes are hydration bladders, modular pouches, tactical panel, rucksack (carry compartment), and thick nylon webbing where accessories can be attached.
For larger weapons there are Molle scabbards and Molle shotgun scabbard type products. These are meant to carry rifles, shotguns, and larger firearms. Molle shotgun scabbards have webbing that can easily be attached to Molle tactical packs, or other compatible items for easy attachment and carrying. They can not only be attached to a pack or vest but also include a gun sling or saddle attachment for easy carrying. Some of these shotgun scabbard type products include velcro covers or buckles to hold the firearm in place while others have an open end to allow quick and easy draw speed.