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Posted: 10/15/2002 4:49:33 PM EDT
What is the best method or kit to convert a standard "Silent Sling" for Assault style carry?

I have seen some that use some sort of hoop in the front sight, are these made out of metal and do they just float in the front sight opening?

If so do they make noise or can they scratch the metal on the front sight?

I have an A3 flattop with a scope and need something that won't interfere on the front attachment.

Any advice or links appreciated.
Link Posted: 10/15/2002 5:49:19 PM EDT
The easiest way to do it, is to just secure the sling to the front sight. Bushmaster sells the triangle attatchments that you are refering to. I imagine they would clank around a bit without any weight on them. The Maryland Shooter's site has a posting on this:

How to Make a Tactical Sling for Your CAR-15/M4

you'll need this for A1/A2 buttstocks:

How-To Make a Top Sling Loop
Link Posted: 10/16/2002 8:49:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Vinnie:
The easiest way to do it, is to just secure the sling to the front sight. Bushmaster sells the triangle attatchments that you are refering to.



Besides the two articles you quote, we also have a review (in the Products Review: Slings section) on that conversion kit that Bushmaster & DPMS sells.
Link Posted: 10/16/2002 9:47:34 PM EDT
JFS/Boonie Packer makes a conversion unit... don't know if this is the one Bushmaster sells.
Link Posted: 10/24/2002 10:34:20 PM EDT
The military used to issue a top sling adapter kit, not sure if they still do or not. Anyway you can pick one up at most places that sell mil surplus stuff. It consist of the metal paper clip type thingy, that others have referred to, that attaches the sling to the front sight, and a piece of nylon webbing that loops around the buttstock, allowing the sling to attach to the top. The metal clip goes between the barrel and the gas tube part of the front sight, so it doesn't float around too much.

I used to have this setup on a rifle and it worked fairly well. The metal clip on the front sight does make some noise and will start to wear off the finish where it comes in contact with the front sight. The sling will interfere with anything that is attached above or on the left side of the handguards. Shouldn't bother the scope on the flattop though. Most pics I have seen of its use in the military, have the nylon loop on the stock taped down, so that it doesn't slip off the back of the buttstock. The loop goes through the sling swivel on the bottom of the stock, so the sling won't fall of the weapon, however, the top of the loop can slip off the end of the stock so that the sling isn't being held above the stock anymore. Not sure if this makes any sense, but it will once you see one attached to a buttstock.

The movie "Blackhawk Down" shows it being used by the ranger guys. Check out the movie if you want to see how it should be deployed. The 1984 marine version of the technical manual for the M16 has instructions on how to attach the sling to the rifle using the top sling adapter kit, not sure if the newer version has instructions though.
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