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By Jeff Gurwitch

November 5, 2011

For the first few years of my Army career, from 1990 to about 1997, I had roughly two choices when it came to rifle slings in the military: 1) the standard-issue sling designed to carry your rifle over your shoulder, or 2) go homemade. Then, with the introduction of the SOPMOD program in the late 90’s, the M4A1 (Colt M4A1 Carbine) was offered with a combat multi-point sling. At about this same time, there seemed to have been an explosion in the commercial market with regard to tactical slings. Today there are countless slings being offered, from single-points to multi-point slings with every imaginable connection option being offered.

Whether it’s a single-point or multi-point sling, I think it’s important to match the sling to the intended use of your rifle. With that in mind, here are 3 different slings that I have settled on using over the last few years, each chosen for certain features that I think best fit the purpose for which I’m using the rifle.

The Multi-Point sling

The classic multi-point sling, sometimes referred to as a 3-point sling because of how it loops around your body, will still stay on you even with a connection point un-done on the rifle. I think multi-point slings are the most secure when it comes to wearing it for CQB/CQC (Close Quarters Battle/Close Quarters Combat), because it has an inner loop you wear around your body. So, even if a connection point fails, your rifle will stay on you. There are even some models out there where you can unclip the inner loop and turn it into a 2-point sling on the fly if you find it necessary to do so. I’ve used one of these for the longest time. My preferred one is the Mamba Sling by Spec-Ops Brand (Best Made Designs, LLC), I like the Mamba because it has elastic built into it on the back end of the sling that goes around your body, so it gives a little. You can wear the sling snugly around your body and it will give a little when you go to mount your rifle from the high-ready or low-ready position.

The one real drawback to multi-point slings are that they’re what I like to call too “strappy”. You have the sling points going to your rifle and the inner loop around your body. Sometimes this type of sling has a tendency to get hung up on your kit during presentations, which is not what you want to happen in a life and death situation! This can be overcome, however. As with a lot of kit, after a lot of practice with mounting the weapon and many shooting drills, you can minimize this issue, but it’s still something to look out for.

One the plus side, one characteristic I do like about multi-point slings is that when transitioning to your pistol, they stay out of the way. If you are the type of shooter who likes to roll the rifle all the way off to your side to keep it out of the way, multi-point slings unlike most single points, do not slide back to hang center line. I don’t like anything hanging down in the front getting in the way bumping your legs, especially if I’m shooting and moving.

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Iraq 2004 Mamba Sling. I liked it because it was secure to the body. I could go with both hands free, but as you can see, it did have the potential to hang up on all the other gear I needed to carry.

Two Point Sling

In 3-Gun competition it’s rare to have to use a sling–but there are some major matches out there like the Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun Championship where a sling is needed. For 3-Gun competition, I like using a two-point sling. I find that Kyle Lamb’s (of Viking Tactics) VTAC padded sling works pretty well. It’s simple and has an easy tension adjustment set-up that you can tighten or loosen as you move. With push button quick detach sling swivels, it’s easy to take on and off the rifle as needed. And, if you’re like me and have more than one competition rifle, it’s easy to switch from one rifle to another.

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Viking Tactics (VTAC) Sling in use. One thing you want to make sure of is that your front connection point for the sling swivel should be mounted behind your support hand. You don’t want the sling mounted in front, overlapping your hand.

Again, just like the multi-point sling, the two-point sling stays put when you swing it out of the way while transitioning to your pistol. With the easy-to-use tension adjustor, you can really cinch it down to ensure it doesn’t move. In competitive shooting like 3Gun, you don’t have the luxury of doing stationary transitions from rifle to pistol like you would on a square range, shooting on your own. In 3-Gun competition, you’re usually required to move as fast as you can to a new shooting point while transitioning from weapon to weapon. While performing this task, the last thing you want is a rifle bouncing around the front of you banging into your knees and such. That’s why I like the VTAC Sling. The tensioning adjustment method is fast, simple and allows you to keep the rifle out of the way.

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There are many methods out there as to where you place your rifle during a transition. Some shooters like to just drop it straight down and let it hang. I prefer to sweep my rifle off to the side so it will not bump my knees or get in the way in case I have to move out fast.

Single Point Sling

If I could have only one sling set up, it would be a single point sling. The one I’ve been using for a while now is the Blue Force Gear simple sling; it’s cheap and sturdy. I like the single-point setup best for CQB; I think it’s the fastest, and unlike the classic multi-point sling, has very little chance of catching on anything when mounting the rifle. I also think it’s the most maneuverable set-up. Since it’s attached at only one point on the weapon (on the receiver end plate), it allows you to pretty much turn or swing the rifle any way you want. You can even butt-stroke somebody if you have to, as you can still rotate the buttstock around using the attachment point as a pivot point.

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In this top-down angle photo during a CQB drill, notice how close you can end up to your fellow teammates while engaging targets! One of the reasons I like single-point slings for CQB work is because they’re attached at the back of the rifle near your body. So, there’s very little chance of it catching on anything–unlike multi-point slings that have straps towards the front of the rifle.

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As I’ve already mentioned, the only real drawback to using a single point sling is no matter how hard you sling it off to the side or how far you sling it like around to your back during transitions, rifles with single-point slings seem to always find their way back to hanging in front between your legs. If you’re not moving, that’s fine. However, in CQB (or really any tactical situation) standing in one spot and not moving is rare. Additionally, if you are fast-roping or building/structure-climbing using a single-point sling, you will again find that your rifle wants to slide to the front. Having a rifle between you and the fast rope you are holding onto or building you are trying to climb is not the preferred technique.

Single-Point Sling Attachments

I cannot cover single point slings without covering a little on attachment methods. Just as with slings, there are countless attachment methods out there from which to choose. Two that I use are the MagPul Ambidextrous Sling Attachment Point (ASAP) and Midwest Industries (MI) End Plate Sling Adapter. I like the Magpul ASAP first because of price; around $29.95 in most places. I think it’s a good deal. Secondly, I like how it’s designed. It allows you to shoot from either shoulder pretty freely. Personally, I’m not big on switching shoulders, even when going around off-hand cover (with proper technique, you can effectively shoot from left or right sides of cover from your primary side), but I do like having the option of having a sling set up that facilitates shooting from both shoulders if needed.

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MagPul ASAP in Action

I actually like the Midwest Industries End Plate Sling Adapter solely for the reason that it clamps around your buffer tube and doesn’t require you to change out your receiver end plate. Using just an allen wrench/hex key, I can remove it easily and mount it on different rifles. If you are like me and own more than one gun, you’ll find the Sling Adaptor pretty handy. On rifles I don’t use as often as others, I just use the Sling Adaptor to move it to whichever rifle I’m using that day instead of buying a mounting plate for each one.

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Midwest Industries End Plate Sling Adapter mounted on an Adams Arms 5.56 Tactical Elite 7.5-inch (7.5") PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) tactical AR (AR-15) V-SBR (Very-Short-Barreled Rifle)/Sub-Carbine

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Midwest Industries (MI) End Plate Sling Adapter by Itself

One more single point attachment method I’d like to mention is the Daniel Defense (DD) Rear Receiver QD Swivel Attachment Point. It replaces the receiver end plate with a quick-detach sling swivel mount. So, not only do you now have a sling mount that allows you to switch shoulders quickly and easily like the Magpul ASAP, but it also unclips easily. If you have multiple rifles, all outfitted with the Rear Receiver Attachment Point, you can now use just one single point sling for all of them.

*Special Note

Something I would stay away from, especially with single-point sling mounts, is a quick release or any type of hooks with opening gates. Barring a mission where I might have a long air movement over water, I have never found a situation where I’d want to quickly jettison my rifle, i.e., my primary means of engaging a target! In addition, I cannot tell you how many rifles I have seen fall off soldiers while FAST roping and climbing buildings during training over the years because their quick detach lanyards on their slings got caught up and pulled, or the gates on their hooks failed to keep the rifle hooked on.

My advice? If you have some kind off a quick-detach lanyard or loop built into your sling, cut it off or tape it up! If your rifle sling is attached to your rifle with hooks, make sure you tape the gates closed so you can’t accidently push on the gate and un-clip your rifle.

Choosing a sling the breakdown: Whether it be a multi-point sling, 2-point or single-point sling, they all do the same thing (keep the rifle on your body). But, as I’ve mentioned, I do see some being easier to use than others, and some being better in certain situations. One way to help decide on the right sling set up for you is to do a breakdown with each sling type and likely scenarios in which you might employ your rifle.

My rating system below is 1 to 3, with 3 being the highest or best rating for that sling, and for that given situation:

 

Sling                Transitioning   / Building Climbing / CQB / Maneuverability   

Multi-point                     2                      2                      2                      1

Two point                      3                      3                      2                      2

Single Point                  1                      1                      3                      3

I think you have to look at what you’ll be doing 90% of the time with your rifle. So, using this breakdown to determine my own tactical rifle sling set-up, my preference is a single-point sling. While I might have to FAST rope or climb a building, those are usually just a small part of a mission. While having to transition to a pistol could conceivably happen in a real life scenario, it’s actually not as common in combat as one might think. I know of maybe a handfull of assaulters who have had to speed-transition to a pistol under pressure, and yet I know of hundreds of shooters including myself, that have done all our real world shooting solely with rifles and using good tac-reloads. Therefore I place more weight and importance on having a set-up that facilitates close quarters shooting in CQB/CQC environments.

The Wrap Up

I don’t think there is an “end-all, be-all” answer on which is the best sling type, but if you stick to the mindset of “what will I be using the rifle for 90% of the time?”, I think you can find a sling that best fits your needs and will also help facilitate better shooting.

Photo(s) Credit: Jeff Gurwitch. All photos are copyrighted by Jeff Gurwitch and DefenseReview.com (DR).

About the Author (Jeff Gurwitch):
- Has been a competitive shooter for the last 10 years: USPSA, IDPA, and 3-Gun.
- U.S. Army 3rd Special Forces Group, Ft. Bragg, NC.
- Spent 3 years as an instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
- Spent 8 years with U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group, Ft. Campbell KY and did 3 tours in Iraq.
- Graduated the U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification course in 1998 as a Weapons Sergeant.
- Spent 7 years in the mechanized infantry and Airborne.
- Served in First Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) in Iraq with the 1st Armored Division.|
- Joined the U.S. Army in June of 1990 as an infantryman.

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  1. The Eighth Word

    In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

    God, there is no god but He, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsistent.1

    Verily, the religion before God is Islam.2

    If you want to understand this world, and man’s spirit within the world, and the nature and value of religion within man, and how the world is a prison if there is no True Religion, and that without religion man becomes the most miserable of creatures, and that it is O God! and, There is no god but God that solve this world’s talisman and deliver the human spirit from darkness, then listen to and consider this comparison:

    Long ago, two brothers set off on a long journey. They continued on their way until the road forked. At the fork they saw a serious-looking man and asked him: “Which road is good?” He told them: “On the road to the right one is compelled to comply with the law and order, but within that hardship is security and happiness. However, on the left-hand road there is freedom and no restraint, but within its freedom lies danger and wretchedness. Now, the choice is yours!”

    After listening to this, saying, I place my trust in God,3 the brother with a good character took the right road and conformed to the order and regulations. The other brother, who was immoral and a layabout, chose the road to the left just for the lack of restraint. With our imaginations, we shall follow this man in his situation, which was apparently easy but in reality burdensome.

    Thus, this man went up hill and down dale until he found himself in a desolate wilderness. He suddenly heard a terrifying sound and saw that a great lion had come out of the forest and was about to attack him. He fled. He came across a waterless well sixty metres deep, and in his fear jumped into it. He fell half-way down it where his hands met a tree. He clung on to it. The tree, which was growing out of the walls of the well, had two roots. Two rats, one white and one black, were attacking and gnawing through them. He looked up and saw that the lion was waiting at the top of the well like a sentry. He looked down and saw a ghastly dragon. It raised its head and drew it close to his foot thirty metres above. Its mouth was as big as the mouth of the well. Then he looked at the well’s walls and saw that stinging, poisonous vermin had gathered round him. He looked up at the mouth of the well and saw a fig-tree. But it was not an ordinary tree, it bore the fruit of many different trees, from walnuts to pomegranates.

    Thus, through his lack of thought and foolishness, the man did not understand that this was not just some ordinary matter, these things were not here by chance, and that there were mysterious secrets concealed in these strange beings. And he did not grasp that there was someone very powerful directing them. Now, although his heart, spirit, and mind were secretly weeping and wailing at this grievous situation, his evil-commanding soul pretended that it was nothing; it closed its ears to the weeping of his heart and spirit, and deceiving itself, started to eat the tree’s fruit as though it was in a garden. But some of the fruit were poisonous and harmful. Almighty God says in a Divine Hadith: “I am according to how my servants think of Me.”

    Thus, through his foolishness and lack of understanding, this unhappy man thought what he saw to be ordinary and the actual truth. And so that is the way he was treated, and is treated, and will be treated. He neither dies so that he is saved from it, nor does he live – he is in such torment. And so, we shall leave this ill-omened man in his torment and return, so that we may consider the situation of the other brother.

    This fortunate and intelligent person went on his way, but he suffered no distress like his brother. For, due to his fine morals, he thought of good things, and imagined good things. Everything was friendly and familiar to him. And he did not suffer any difficulty and hardship like his brother, for he knew the order and followed it. He found it easy. He went on his way freely and in peace and security. Then he came across a garden in which were both lovely flowers and fruits, and, since it was not looked after, rotting and filthy things. His brother had also entered such a garden, but he had noticed and occupied himself with the filthy things and they had turned his stomach, so he had left it and moved on without being able to rest at all. But this man acted according to the rule, ‘look on the good side of everything’, and had paid no attention to the rotting things. He had benefited a lot from the good things, and taking a good rest, he had left and gone on his way.

    Later, also like the first brother, he had entered a vast desert, and had suddenly heard the roar of a lion which was attacking him. He was frightened, but not as much as his brother. For, because of his good thoughts and positive attitude, he thought to himself: “This desert has a ruler, and it is possible that this lion is a servant under the ruler’s command,” and found consolation. But he still fled until he came across an empty well sixty metres deep. He threw himself into it. Like his brother, his hand clasped a tree half-way down and he remained suspended in the air. He looked and saw two animals gnawing through the tree’s two roots. He looked up and saw the lion, and looked down and saw the dragon. Just like his brother he was seeing a most strange situation. He was terrified like him, but his terror was a thousand times less than his brother’s. For his good morals had given him good thoughts, and good thoughts show the good side of everything. So, because of this, he thought like this:

    “These strange happenings are connected to someone. Also it seems that they are acting in accordance with a command. In which case, these matters contain a talisman. Yes, they are turning at the command of a hidden ruler. Therefore, I am not alone; the hidden ruler is watching me, he is testing me, he is impelling me somewhere for some purpose, and inviting me there. A curiosity arising from this pleasant fear and these agreeable thoughts prompt me to say: I wonder who it is that is testing me, wants to make himself known, and is impelling me for some purpose on this strange road.”

    Then, love for the owner of the talisman arose out of the desire to know him, and from that love arose the desire to solve the talisman. And from that desire arose the will to acquire good qualities which would please and gratify the talisman’s owner. Then he looked at the tree and saw it was a fig-tree, but it was bearing the fruits of thousands of trees. So then all his fear left him, for he understood that for certain the fig-tree was a list, an index, an exhibition. The hidden ruler must have attached samples of the fruits in the garden to the tree through a miracle and with a talisman, and must have adorned the tree in a way that would point to each of the foods he had prepared for his guests. For there is no other way a single tree could produce the fruits of thousands of different trees. Then he began to entreat that he would be inspired with the key to the talisman. He called out:

    “O ruler of this place! I have fallen on your fortune and I take refuge with you. I am your servant and I want to please you. I am searching for you.” After he had made this supplication, the walls of the well suddenly parted, and a door opened onto a wonderful, pleasant, quiet garden. Indeed, the dragon’s mouth was transformed into the door, and both it and the lion took on the forms of two servants; they invited him to enter. The lion even became a docile horse for him.

    And so, O my lazy soul! And O my imaginary friend! Come! Let us compare the position of these two brothers, so that we can see how good brings good and evil brings evil. Let us find out.

    Look, the unhappy traveller on the left road is all the time trembling with fear waiting to enter the dragon’s mouth, while the fortunate one is invited into a blooming, splendid garden full of fruit. And the unfortunate one’s heart is being pounded by an awful terror and grievous fear, while the fortunate one is gazing at and observing strange things as a delightful lesson, with a pleasant fear and loving knowledge. Also the miserable one is suffering torments in desolation, despair, and loneliness, while the fortunate one is taking pleasure in hope, longing, and familiarity. Furthermore, the unfortunate one sees himself as a prisoner subject to the attacks of wild beasts, while the fortunate one is an honoured guest who is on friendly terms and enjoying himself with the strange servants of the generous host of whom he is the guest. Also the unhappy one is hastening his torments by indulging in fruits which are apparently delicious but in fact poisonous. For the fruits are samples; there is permission to taste them so as to seek the originals and become customers for them, but there is no permission to devour them like an animal. But the fortunate one tastes them and understands the matter; he postpones eating them and takes pleasure in waiting. Moreover, the unfortunate one is wronging himself. Through his lack of discernment, he is making a truth and a situation which are as clear and bright as daylight into a dark and oppressive fear, into a hellish delusion. He does not deserve pity, nor does he have the right to complain to anyone.

    For example, if a person who is at a pleasant banquet in a beautiful garden in summer among his friends makes himself drunk through filthy intoxicants, then imagines himself hungry and naked in the middle of winter among wild animals and starts shouting out and crying, he does not deserve to be pitied; he is wronging himself, and he is insulting his friends by imagining them to be wild beasts. Thus, the unfortunate brother is like this. But the fortunate one sees the truth. And the truth is good. Through perceiving the beauty of the truth, the fortunate brother is being respectful towards the truth’s owner. So he deserves his mercy. Thus, the meaning of the Qur’anic decree: “Know that evil is from yourself, and good is from God” becomes clear. If you make a comparison of other differences in the same way, you will understand that the evil-commanding soul of the first brother has prepared a sort of hell for him, while the good intention, good will, good character, and good thoughts of the other have allowed him to receive great bounty and happiness, and a shining virtue and prosperity.

    O my soul! And O you who is listening to this story together with my soul! If you do not want to be the unfortunate brother and want to be the fortunate one, listen to the Qur’an, and obey its decrees, and adhere to them, and act according to them.

    If you have understood the truths in this comparison, you will be able to make them correspond to the truths of religion, the world, man, and belief in God. I shall say the important ones, then you deduce the finer points yourself.

    So, look! Of the two brothers, one is a believing spirit and a righteous heart. The other is an unbelieving spirit and a depraved heart. And of the two roads, the one to the right is the way of the Qur’an and belief in God, while the left one is the road of rebellion and denial. The garden on the road is man’s fleeting social life in human society and human civilization where good and evil, and things good and bad and clean and dirty are found side by side. The sensible person is he who acts according to the rule: ‘Take what is pleasant and clear, and leave what is distressing and turbid’, and goes on his way with tranquillity of heart. As for the desert, it is the earth and this world. And the lion is death and the appointed hour. The well is man’s body and the time of his life, while its sixty-metre depth points to the normal life-span of sixty years. And the tree is the period of life and the substance of life. The two animals, one white and one black, are night and day. And the dragon is the road to the Intermediate Realm and pavilion of the Hereafter, whose mouth is the grave. But for the believer, that mouth is a door opening from a prison onto a garden. And as for the poisonous vermin, they are the calamities of this world. But for the believer they are like gentle Divine warnings and favours of the Most Merciful One to prevent him slipping off into the sleep of heedlessness. The fruits on the tree are the bounties of this world which the Absolutely Generous One has made in the form of a list of the bounties of the Hereafter, and both as examples of them, and warnings, and samples inviting customers to the fruits of Paradise. And the tree producing numerous different fruits despite being a single tree is a sign to the seal of the Power of the Eternally Besought One, to the stamp of Divine Dominicality and Sovereignty. For ‘to make everything from one thing’, that is, to make all plants and fruits from earth, and create all animals from a fluid, and to create all the limbs and organs of animals from a simple food, together with ‘making everything one thing’, that is, arts like weaving a simple skin and making flesh particular to each animal from the great variety of foods that animals eat is an inimitable stamp and seal peculiar to the Ruler of Pre-Eternity and Post-Eternity, Who is the Single, Eternally-Besought One. For sure, to make one thing everything, and everything one thing is a sign, a mark peculiar to the Creator of all things and the One Powerful over all things.

    And as for the talisman, it is the mystery of the wisdom in creation which is solved through the mystery of belief. And the key is There is no god but God , and, God, there is no god but He, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsistent. And the dragon’s mouth being transformed into the door into the garden is a sign that, although for the people of misguidance and rebellion the grave is a door opening, in desolation and oblivion, onto a grave distressing as a dungeon and narrow as a dragon’s stomach, for the people of the Qur’an and belief, it is a door which opens from the prison of this world onto the fields of immortality, from the arena of examination onto the gardens of Paradise, and from the hardships of life onto the Mercy of the All-Merciful One. The savage lion turning into a friendly servant and a docile mount is a sign that, although for the people of misguidance, death is a bitter, eternal parting from all their loved ones, and the expulsion from the deceptive paradise of this world and the entry in desolation and loneliness into the dungeon of the grave, for the people of guidance and the Qur’an, it is the means of joining all their old friends and beloved ones who have already departed for the next world, and the means of entering their true homeland and abode of everlasting happiness. It is an invitation to the meadows of Paradise from the prison of this world, and a time to receive the wage bestowed out of the generosity of the Most Merciful and Compassionate One for services rendered to Him, and a discharge from the hardship of the duties of life, and a rest from the drill and instruction of worship and examination.

    In Short: Whoever makes this fleeting life his purpose and aim is in fact in Hell even if apparently in Paradise. And whoever is turned in all seriousness towards eternal life receives the happiness of both worlds. However difficult and distressing this world is for him, since he sees it as the waiting-room for Paradise, he endures it and offers thanks in patience…

    O God! Appoint us among the people of happiness, safety, the Qur’an, and belief. Amen. O God! Grant peace and blessings to our Master Muhammed, and to his Family and Companions, to the number of all the letters of the Qur’an formed in all its words, represented with the permission of the Most Merciful One in the mirrors of the air waves on the recital of each of those words by all the Qur’an’s reciters from its first revelation to the end of time, and have mercy on us and on our parents, and have mercy on all believing men and women to the number of those words, through Your mercy, O Most Merciful of the Merciful. Amen. And all praise be to God, the Sustainer of All the Worlds.

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  2. I have tried a few different slings and found that I like the “Tactical Link” single point with the bungee cords and QD connector. Tactical Link offers two different QD adapters for the M4. Although pricey, the quality is unmatched. With the QD connector this sling can be used with Mesa Tactical collapsible shotgun stocks which is how I use it.

  3. The Magpul MS3 is a great new sling. This is a great article, but there are too many “brass nose” photos. Most people are right handed.

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