Gun Slings: Which One Is Right For You?

15th Nov 2015

The primary function of the tactical gun sling is to help carry a duty or combat rifle, allowing the operator to keep both hands free for other tasks. While its function may seem simple, choosing the right tactical sling and proper attachments requires navigating the countless options depending on your weapon choice, purpose and the types of mounting points on your rifle.

What's the biggest decision? We believe sling design. There are three key choices: one-point, two-point, and three-point, each differentiated by the number of places they attach to the weapon. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.

One-point gun slings: The one-point sling attaches to your AR at the rear of the receiver using special receiver end plates with either a slot or hole for mounting. The advantage of the one-point gun sling is its flexibility in use. Of the three designs, the one-point sling is the easiest to use when switching between dominant and support shoulders. The one-point sling is probably not your best option if you need to move and use both your hands, such as when handcuffing or other physical duties.

Two-point gun slings: The two-point sling offers far greater stability when slung compared to the one-point design. Because it is attached to two points rather than one, the rifle tends to stay close to the body. However, this stability comes at a price as shoulder transitions are more difficult than with a one-point sling and use in tight quarters such as a vehicle is restricted.

Three-point slings: This design gained popularity a few years ago. The sling connects to the rifle at two points, with webbing running along the side of the gun, and a third attachment point connecting to one end of the body strap. The problem with the use of three-point slings with ARs and several other types of rifles is that the webbing that runs along the entire length of the gun may make it cumbersome to use, can interfere with the rifleā€™s controls, and has a tendency to get tangled with gear carried on load-bearing vests.