if you are going to carry it, then yeah, use a sling. i have a sling on my bird gun, but no sling on my home defense gun. just a personal preference. they make shotgun slings that cinch around the barrel and the stock, in the event that you don't have studs. swivel slings are equally as easy to attach and remove if you do have studs.frankr said:I was envisioning a shoulder strap like you see on some rifles. I have an older shotgun that was originally my grandfather's. It is in a 50+-year-old zipper case, but has no strap. I wasn't sure what is typical.