Hey, what’s up brothers Viper here. And today we’ll be talking about a tool that makes your real-steel rifle, training rifle or Airsoft gun fully serve you right. We’re talking about slings. So, today we’ll go over the difference slings and discuss their features advantages and disadvantages so you get a better idea of what to choose.
The first question you can ask yourself is: “Why would I want to use a sling?” Well, there are a few reasons for that. The first one is that it reduces weapon weight by making you carry a part of the weight on your body.
This is in most cases the shoulders. By doing so, you reduce arm fatigue. Secondly, it’s an easy weapon carrying tool to wear weapons on the body and allows to make the transition to your sidearm. It allows to carry your weapon up front or on the side to do some other stuff.
Or even allows you to carry the weapon on your back to do some climbing. The third reason is that it can also function as a support tool to steady your aim and absorb recoil better. That’s the why. Now, what about which one? When it comes to slings they can be divided in three main groups.
Namely 1-point, 2-point and 3-point slings. What does that mean? Well, 1-point slings are attached to the weapon with only one point. 2-point slings are attached to the weapon with two points. And 3-points slings are also attached with two points on the weapon but they have an extra loop to attach around the body.
So, your body becomes the third point. Now, what to choose for your setup is up to you, but we’ll help you ease your choice by going over their advantages and disadvantages. This way you get a better understanding of the thought process behind it.
So, you can choose one that fits your specific needs. Let’s begin with the 1-point sling. These provide the most freedom of movement, because it is only attached to a single point on your weapon system.
This means you can easily switch shoulders which gives you a great advantage for CQB environments. 1-Point slings are available with a loop or with a MOLLE attachment to carry it on the back of your vest or plate carrier.
Now, the disadvantages start to show up when you don’t need your primary weapon and have to carry it with you. First off, doing a transition to your sidearm can already be problematic, because releasing your weapon will make it naturally fall in your crotch area, which is not a pleasant experience.
Secondly, when you want to move around hands-free or with your sidearm your weapon will start swinging around in all directions imaginable. So, this means you are already forced to use one hand to carry your primary weapon system, while moving.
Thirdly, you don’t have the possibility to put your gun on your back and can’t do things like climbing a ladder for example. Due to all of this we suggest using a 1-point sling only with short barrel guns.
This will reduce the swinging as much as possible due to physics. But, like anything, there are solutions for all kinds of problems. Including for the problem we just mentioned. The solution involves something like this.
Which is called an AR holster sling or a storage sling, which can by the way also be duplicated with some paracord. When this extra string is fixed on the weak side of the shooters belt or the side of this carrier, then it can be used as a sort of retention piece to holster your weapon.
This means, no more swinging around, no more pain for your crotch. Unlimited hands-free use and the ability to do climbing and all that kind of stuff. So, if you like the advantages of a 1-point sling and still want to have the ability to carry it around.
Without it being a pain for your crotch. This is the way to do it Another 1-point sling system for more concealed carry usage or easy usage in and around vehicles is a so-called “tac-sling”. This is meant to conceal submachine guns under a jacket or in backpacks and allows for a quick weapon draw capability.
Let’s jump over to the 2-point slings. So, a 2-point sling has the advantages that it can be carried hands-free without your weapon swinging around. It allows your weapon to be carried on your back for climbing and all that kind of stuff.
For primary to secondary transitions it naturally falls aside. So, no more painful hits in the crotch area. The disadvantage is that switching shoulders is more difficult. The 2-point sling allows shoulder switching by either taking it off.
Removing your non-dominant arm out of the loop. Or if set up properly, meaning being long enough, you can direct switch shoulders without the sling choking you. If you haven’t made up your mind yet about the 1-or 2-point sling.
There are also hybrid versions that allow to be used in both ways. This way you can try both ways and eventually find what works for you. Now, let’s go over to the 3-point sling. When it comes to 3-point slings.
They are not commonly used anymore, nowadays. This obviously has to do with some reasons, let’s take a look at their advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, they allow a lot of stable carrying positions that keep your weapon out of the way while moving.
This even includes the so called “climbers carry”. This carrying position gives you the ability to carry your rifle vertically on your back which makes it ideal for climbing or traveling. But the thing is, they are not very practical when it comes to handling.
They have a lot of material which covers up your controls and can cause weapon malfunctions. And when carrying radios, grenades, a backpack and all that kind of stuff, makes you fight more with your 3-point sling then it actually helps you.
You can also forget about shoulder transitions unless you look for a hybrid system that gives it the ability to become a 1-point sling. To put it in short words, the advantages just don’t add up to the disadvantages and that’s why they are not being used that often anymore.
Now, let’s go a little bit further in the extra options you can find on some 1-point, 2-point or hybrid slings. One example is the padding and width of the sling. Padded or wider slings allow you to carry weapons for longer periods of time or carry heavier weapon systems.
Because the weight is more dispersed over your shoulder. On the other hand, we have slim sling designs that tend to cut in your shoulder over time but give the ability to carry your sling with a rubber band on the stock when you temporarily don’t need them.
For when you want to put it aside you in a vehicle for example. Another very common option is the use of pieces of bungee cord in the sling. This functions as a way to push your weapon into your shoulder for a more steady shot and maximize recoil management.
Also, quick-release systems have become a very common option for 1-point slings. This allows you to quickly release your weapon from your body by simply detaching a buckle. For 2-points slings there’s also another option that allows it to be quickly adjusted in length.
This is done for various reasons. Firstly, shortening a sling as close to the body as possible makes it very stable to move around with. Secondly, adjusting the length quickly also allows you to push the stock into your shoulder to me a more steady shot and allows for better recoil management.
And thirdly, making your sling longer gives you the ability to use it in a prone position. Or when aiming for something up high. So, this is what’s generally available nowadays. Hope you learned some stuff that helps you out in choosing a sling for yourself.
We will also do a video on how we set up our sling and on how you can set one up yourself. So, you get to know the thought process behind that as well. Let us know in the comments what sling you currently use.
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