Freedom Slinger Mounting Systems produces an inexpensive Jeep AR15 mount that is a great solution for my 2008 Wrangler. After all, one of the most popular uses for an AR platform pistol, is a packable solution for those impromptu varmint hunting trips or wrong turns through a bad neighborhood.
This system is only designed for Jeeps, specifically the “JK” body style either 2 door or 4 door (2007-2018 model years). With nearly 2 million of these vehicles on the road, and their owners being stereotypically outdoorsy, it would seem reasonable that there are Jeepers out there looking for a way to bring their “trunk buddy” along with them. Carrying a handgun in your vehicle is great, but carrying 30 high-velocity rounds in a rifle platform is better. Much better.
The Freedom slinger consists of two brackets, some velcro padding, extended bolts that replace the existing ones on your soundbar in your jeep, and some shock cord to keep your rifle in place. One of the brackets has heavy duty tabs with holes so that you can attach a lock to keep your firearm secured. It’s a simple, yet effective design. There were not any instructions enclosed, but mounting is very straight forward.
Mounting the Freedom Slinger took me less than 15 minutes including the time it took me to track down a 10mm socket and a ratchet. The first step is to remove the two existing bolts in your Jeep’s soundbar. See the picture below.
Once you’ve removed the stock bolts, you can attach the Freedom Slinger. I elected to mount the bracket with the lock tabs over the driver’s side, to make the lock easier to operate while seated in the driver seat. This mount is advertised to fit guns longer than 22″; If you are mounting an AR platform pistol this means it needs to be a 10.5″ barrel ideally with a full-length hand guard for it to fit properly. Even so, mine was just barely long enough to fit in the mount securely.
Using the Freedom Slinger Jeep AR15 Mount
Once our Jeep AR15 mount was installed, it was time for some testing. My three concerns with this product were how much the gun would rattle around inside the mount, given the amount of play the rifle has when mounted, how difficult/time consuming it would be to remove the rifle from the mount when the rifle is needed, and is the gun visible from outside the Jeep. The last thing you want is someone targeting your vehicle because the rifle is visible.
While seated in the driver seat, seat belt fastened, I timed myself removing the lock, undoing the shock cords, and maneuvering the gun into a usable position. The first time I attempted any of this, I was able to do all of the above in 19 seconds. Not too shabby considering I obviously had no practice or muscle memory for this action, and I was being conscientious of not smacking my gun on things inside the cockpit. I’m sure that this could be executed quicker from behind the Jeep with the swing gate and window open, but you’d have to leave your vehicle and open it up first, also adding time to the “draw”. My opinion is that from inside the vehicle, a full-length rifle would be a bit cumbersome to maneuver into a firing position while seated. It should be very doable with some practice. Obviously, if you decide to use a lock it will affect your draw time.
To address my concern about rattles and vibrations with this mount, I went for a spirited drive over potholes and some very rough railroad tracks. I tested the uneven tracks at low speed, to cause the Jeep to pitch and yaw as much as possible, and also sped over the same tracks at 45mph to try and shake the gun as much as possible. Some rattling was definitely heard, likely from the optic hitting the Jeep’s dome light, but it wasn’t loud and I wouldn’t consider it annoying. Surprising, given it’s close proximity to my ear. Heck, it’s a lifted Jeep on 35’s. Everything rattles.
In both direct sunlight and dim lighting inside my garage, at no angle was I able to really see the rifle, much less make out what it was. All of my side windows are tinted so your experience here might vary.
With the front seats reclined, I can’t fathom the rifle being in such a position as to hit either the driver or passenger in the head when it is installed correctly. There is no interference with the rear seat passengers, except they need to obviously exercise caution upon exiting the vehicle.
If you enjoy removing the “freedom panels” from your hard top Jeep, it’s worth noting that you cannot remove the large bolts that hold the panels in at their rear while your rifle is installed. You need to take the rifle out first, which adds a small step to the process of getting that open-air feel. This is the only interference this mount adds to the function of your Jeep.
For under $100, this is a pretty solid option to affix your firearm to the interior of your Jeep. I feel that perhaps the product could be a bit more refined at that price, as the paint flaked a bit during installation. Powder coating or some kind of rubberized finish might be more durable.
I would consider this mount to be a solid buy. For comparison, Extreme Terrain offers a Jeep AR15 mount that is nearly $200, is not accessible from the front seats, and does not offer a convenient way to lock your gun while mounted. The fit and finish of that product is a bit better than the Freedom Slinger, but in my opinion the Slinger offers a less expensive solution with the added benefits of integrating a means to lock your gun, and making SBRs and AR pistols accessible while seated inside.
Price: $80 from Freedom Slinger Mounting Systems
Overall Grade: 4.5/5