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Single point slings

Single Point vs Dual Point Slings – Which is best?

Single Point vs Dual Point Slings – Which is best?

To quote the bard, “Slings keep your rifle attached to you,” Lucas Botkin, 2020. The AR-15 is the most popular and prevalent firearm in the United States, and it has been called a great deal of things, from the Modern Musket to the Barbie of the gun community. It’s a staple for every freedom-loving American, and it is true, like Barbie, you can accessorize it for any season or setting. However, one thing that should always be present, is a sling! In this blog, we will go through the major differences between single and dual point, also called two-point, slings, and what you will need on your rifle to set both up!


Single Point Slings 

Single point slings are a great way to attach the firearm to you while remaining minimalist overall. With the large boom in AR pistol popularity, you may find a single-point sling to be your best choice. The single point, attached in the rear, is an easy way to rapidly attach the pistol or rifle to the body. Most single-point slings use a quick detach mount, or an easy to disengage clip, best known as an HK hook, that will allow you to leave the sling on your body while removing the AR platform. When transitioning between multiple firearms, or going hands-on, without wanting to completely take the sling off, this is a convenient way to do so.

Single point slings are not for every gun or every person. Many lament that the single point is significantly less effective on a longer AR, such as a 16” platform, as the single attachment in the rear allows for the rifle to swing and feel less stable on the body. Additionally, with longer barrels, you run the risk of the rifle slamming into soft tissue between the thighs as you transition down to a handgun or simply walk around. This issue of excessive bouncing and lack of control is even more prevalent when running. Like any other accessory, think about what the primary purpose of your firearm is, and use that to help you find what items best fit your build.


Setting up your Single Point Sling

As mentioned above, you will have a few different options of how to connect your sling to your firearm, so it really comes down to what you prefer, and what sling you end up purchasing. If you utilize a sling with a quick detach mounting system, you will want to replace your standard receiver end plate, and replace it with one that allows for the QD to be mounted. The Magpul ASAP QD Sling Plate is perfect for this task. Additionally, if you prefer slings with an HK-style hook for fastening rather than a QD swivel, you can also purchase a push button swivel mount for your QD Sling Plate, such as the Blackhawk HD Push Button Sling Swivel. Alternatively, if you want to forgo the QD system altogether, you can replace your carbine stock receiver end plate with the Magpul ASAP Sling Plate. This will allow you to utilize slings like the Magpul MS3 Rifle Sling – Gen 2, a multi-mission sling system that can rapidly convert from single to dual point action. All in all, a single-point sling offers easy, ambidextrous control of the firearm, and, provided it suits your needs, is the perfect addition to your AR platform.


Dual Point Slings

Overall, the complaints of stability on your 16” platform are eliminated by a two-point sling. Having a connection point closer to the end of the rifle prevents swaying, as well as making it much easier to tighten down the sling and secure it further. While a single-point sling may bounce with each step, one will find significantly less movement with a two-point sling. Additionally, for longer days, such as outdoor range days or hikes, you may find it beneficial to have the ability to transition the rifle to your back. A two-point sling is certainly more traditional but can also be more cumbersome due to the additional material. 


Setting up your Dual-Point Sling

How you set up your dual-point sling depends on what system you are running. The most popular option right now is the QD mounted slings. The benefit of these, for most rifles with longer rails, is the minimal real estate the mounting plate takes up, allowing for one to still C-clamp the rifle efficiently. When setting up the sling, you may want to get the plate as far forward as you can, to provide as much control as possible out of the sling. Alternatively, many shooters find it beneficial to place their attachment point further back on the rail system, to create a similar sort of set up that one finds with a single point sling while creating more stability when moving. Additionally, this also allows for stabilization for free-standing long shots where the sling can provide a third point of contact. Mounts like the Magpul M-LOK QD Sling Mount work exceptionally well when using a rail system that’s 13-15 inches in overall length. If you have a carbine length rail system, you likely will already have a sling loop in front of your forend, and you may find it easiest to run a sling that uses clips instead. If you prefer a clip-based sling and need a mounting plate, simply add this Magpul M-LOK Paraclip Sling Mount to your rail system instead. We offer a variety of the best slings on the market, including the Blue Force Gear Vickers Combat Application Sling. Developed with industry friend, expert, and former 1st SFOD-Delta operational member Larry Vickers, the Vickers Sling™ incorporates key features from real-world experience that makes the two-point sling effective and durable – the choice tactical sling requested by name. The Vickers Sling™ has been their most popular product of all, with service in every branch of the military here at home as well as several foreign militaries, making it the clear choice of AR-15 slings.


What Type of Sling Should You Choose?

At the end of the day, you are the primary user of your firearm, and you are going to have to decide what works best for you and your needs with the firearm. Perhaps you are looking exclusively for rapid access and readiness, and land on a single point sling. Or, maybe you prefer being able to efficiently transition your rifle to your back, or to your handgun, and find that a two-point sling is right for you. Whatever the case may be, we offer several different options to fit your need.

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