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 Sling Placement Pros/Cons
AWellPlacedShot  [Member]
2/9/2011 8:51:39 PM EST
I've been doing alot of reading up on slings. I have found vast amounts of info on the different styles, brands, connectors/connections and mounts. However, I have found little to no info discussing the pros/cons, advantages and dis-advantages to the various mounting/placement of the sling connections. Example-buttstock mounting vs. receiver endplate mounting...what is preffered/works better and why? The same for the forward end of the sling. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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staringback05  [Team Member]
2/10/2011 3:36:40 AM EST
personally i dont like the rifle to hang low and swing around, so that can determine where its attached
AWellPlacedShot  [Member]
2/10/2011 6:42:08 AM EST
Ok, so to keep the rifle from hanging low and swinging around you mount your sling where?
ptmccain  [Team Member]
2/10/2011 1:13:18 PM EST
Go to Blue Force and get a Vicker's sling. You won't regret it.
AWellPlacedShot  [Member]
2/10/2011 2:06:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By ptmccain:
Go to Blue Force and get a Vicker's sling. You won't regret it.


Did you even read the OP?
ceetee  [Team Member]
2/10/2011 2:44:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By AWellPlacedShot:
Originally Posted By ptmccain:
Go to Blue Force and get a Vicker's sling. You won't regret it.


Did you even read the OP?

Evidently not. And tag, for future reference. I know that it's mostly a matter of personal preference, but I'm not high-speed enough to know what my preference is yet.

beavo451  [Team Member]
2/10/2011 2:45:44 PM EST
Generally, the further apart the sling attachment points are, the more stable the rifle will be when slung. However, the sling can interfere with the support hand if the attachment point is past the support hand.

The front attachment near the front of the receivers and the rear attachment near the butt is probably the most common method seen on "tactical" rifles. Having both attachments near the receiver ends gives some slung stability while giving most of the mobility of shooting positions allowed by one point slings.

Traditionally, the sling attaches to the non-dominant side. Right handed shooter -> left side attachment. One set up that works for some is to have the front attachment near the front of the receivers on the non-dominant side and have the rear attachment near the butt on the dominant side. This allows for better shoulder transitions if it works for you.
AWellPlacedShot  [Member]
2/10/2011 4:35:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By ceetee:

Originally Posted By AWellPlacedShot:
Originally Posted By ptmccain:
Go to Blue Force and get a Vicker's sling. You won't regret it.


Did you even read the OP?

Evidently not. And tag, for future reference. I know that it's mostly a matter of personal preference, but I'm not high-speed enough to know what my preference is yet.



Lol. Thanks for the tag, and honest response.

Originally Posted By beavo451:
Generally, the further apart the sling attachment points are, the more stable the rifle will be when slung. However, the sling can interfere with the support hand if the attachment point is past the support hand.

The front attachment near the front of the receivers and the rear attachment near the butt is probably the most common method seen on "tactical" rifles. Having both attachments near the receiver ends gives some slung stability while giving most of the mobility of shooting positions allowed by one point slings.

Traditionally, the sling attaches to the non-dominant side. Right handed shooter -> left side attachment. One set up that works for some is to have the front attachment near the front of the receivers on the non-dominant side and have the rear attachment near the butt on the dominant side. This allows for better shoulder transitions if it works for you.


Ah, thank you. I was begining to worry that no one knew, or cared. This is exactly the info I was looking for. Thanks.
ptmccain  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 1:34:10 PM EST
Best advice is:

(1) Buy sling.
(2) Experiment with it in different positions.
(3) Use position that works best for you.

LaRue556  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 1:39:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By ptmccain:
Go to Blue Force and get a Vicker's sling. You won't regret it.

I use this sling.

I mount to receiver end plate via SLAP plate and MASH hook for tons of clean flexibility, and to the side of my handguard via, something that screws onto the rail to accept flat webbing. It's on the part closest to the receiver. That makes the rifle hang straight down. If you move the sling out further along your handguard or barrel/sight attachment, it will cause the rifle to edge out more to your side as the sling pulls away at an angle. That might flag/sweep some people, but it keeps it from banging your knees/crotch and gives your support hand something to get the tension with, if you're into that. I prefer to let my rifle hang straight down.

I've adjusted the sling so that the rifle always sits with the point of the buttstock where it will be when I shoot. So when I bring it up, it's a smooth hinge on my shoulder.

I don't like a sling through my buttstock but many do it. It's another way to get that rifle sitting up high, where you can walk low ready and put the weight on the sling. Some attach to the left, right, or top, or bottom, combo, depending on the stock type. That's where experimentation comes into play. Just make sure it's not in a position to choke you out. That kind of setup also takes the sling a little farther from your rack/rig/gear if you're concerned about that kind of thing.


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