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Super Spy
08-31-2009, 5:40 PM
I've had my AR for a few months now, shot it about half a dozen times and want to get a sling. Primarily the sling is going to be used shooting off hand at the range. Maybe for standing around looking cool at the CGN booth sometime. Perhaps for actually carrying the rifle hunting.

I see all kinds of new tactical slings out there....and I'm a good ole boy used to the leather slings I saw on rifles growing up. School me on what I need and what I don't need. I care about how much it costs, so bang for the buck always wins with me.

Thanks

My rifle is a standard 16" AR clone, have several lowers, one fixed stock, one collapsing.

tomd1584
08-31-2009, 5:42 PM
I have a blue force gear VCAS padded 2 point sling and its great.

http://www.blueforcegear.com/product.cfm?type=cat&cat_id=5&prod_id=111

Untamed1972
08-31-2009, 5:43 PM
For all around versatility the 3point sling is prolly the best choice.

aplinker
08-31-2009, 5:47 PM
Given your needs you might consider these:
http://www.redi-mag.com/Shop/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=7

Maxicon suggested them, and he has an eye for good values that work. I have not gotten around to trying them (I have VCAS and VTAC slings 2-point QA), but they seem to be similar to the current best-of-breed.

Single point slings are horrible if you'll be carrying direct from the sling (anytime you're not carrying the rifle it tends to be a ball smasher).

3-point slings I despise. They're a tangly mess.

7222 Hawker
08-31-2009, 5:47 PM
Blue Force Vickers is the best I have tried. Simple, easy to install, quick adjust, pretty much everything you need. You won't be sorry with this one.

matrix056
08-31-2009, 5:49 PM
Viking Tactics (V-Tac) in my opinion, the best sling out there. One handed adjustment, optional padding, very simple. Issued by my department. Its only $35

http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_sling_VTAC-MK1-a.html

heycorey
08-31-2009, 5:52 PM
Blue Force padded VCAS ... and one of these little doo-hickeys (http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_vtac_lusa.html) are great no matter what type of sling you go with.

Greg-Dawg
08-31-2009, 5:54 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/Pentaxasof3-3-08160.jpg

Wayneard3413
08-31-2009, 5:59 PM
I personally cannot stand 3 points... Far too much material there for what I need to do and it interferes with what I need to be able to do with the weapon

I like a single point due to the reason that I believe in keeping control over my weapon... The only reason I let go of my rifle is to draw my pistol

And a single point allows me to transition to my support side shoulder if the need arises

Your needs may vary but that is where I stand on the issue

aplinker
08-31-2009, 6:03 PM
I personally cannot stand 3 points... Far too much material there for what I need to do and it interferes with what I need to be able to do with the weapon

I like a single point due to the reason that I believe in keeping control over my weapon... The only reason I let go of my rifle is to draw my pistol

And a single point allows me to transition to my support side shoulder if the need arises

Your needs may vary but that is where I stand on the issue

I'll explain my choice for him...

He's going to be hunting. Anytime you anticipate needing/wanting to carry the rifle without hands, 2-point is the way to go (since we both dismiss 3-points :) ). If you can cinch it down, it's nice too. (I also like the ability to actually do an improvised and quick "sling-up" with a 2-point for stability.)

This means he's looking for a QA 2-point.

He mentioned being cheap, so I offered up the ones from the RediMag guys as an alternative to the obviously great VCAS and VTAC slings.

If he wants to throw more money at it, he can egt the Magpul MS2/ASAP, but I am not at all impressed with it - I think you can improvise better.

ChrisO
08-31-2009, 9:55 PM
I love my magpul MS2 and ASAP set up.

rabagley
08-31-2009, 10:22 PM
Given your needs you might consider these:
http://www.redi-mag.com/Shop/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=7

+1 on the redi-mag slings. They're extremely inexpensive but not at all cheap. I've compared them to the Vickers sling, and the primary difference is in the material and thickness of the quick-adjust components. For non-combat applications where your a** doesn't depend on the sling being flawless, I don't think there's a substantial difference.

Since the OP says hunting (same as me), I'd go with the redi-mag. Can't beat it for twice the price.

Sheepdog1968
08-31-2009, 11:03 PM
The inexpensive option that actually will tighten your groups by about a third is the good old fashioned USGI sling. Go to an Appleseed event and learn to to use this sling. The sling will cost you ten to twenty dollars.

Another two point I like is the Saffari Ching sling by Galco. Allows for rapid slinging in about one second vs 8 seconds for USGI. Coopers Art of Rifle discusses both in detail.

One other two point I've liked has a cuff you put on your arm and then a two point on the rifle. You can press a buckel on bottom of sling and then click it onto the cuff alread on your arm. I forget the name of this sling but Brownels or Cabelas should have it.

aplinker
08-31-2009, 11:53 PM
The inexpensive option that actually will tighten your groups by about a third is the good old fashioned USGI sling. Go to an Appleseed event and learn to to use this sling. The sling will cost you ten to twenty dollars.

Another two point I like is the Saffari Ching sling by Galco. Allows for rapid slinging in about one second vs 8 seconds for USGI. Coopers Art of Rifle discusses both in detail.

One other two point I've liked has a cuff you put on your arm and then a two point on the rifle. You can press a buckel on bottom of sling and then click it onto the cuff alread on your arm. I forget the name of this sling but Brownels or Cabelas should have it.

If you want a true "sling-up" just run a quick-cuff.

csterl
09-01-2009, 9:42 AM
+1 for the redi-mag slings. I have four of them and they have worked flawlessly and have held up extremely well. They are incredibly inexpensive as an added bonus!

MasterYong
09-01-2009, 9:47 AM
If the OP is into the "old-school" leather slings then I'd just go with a Turner Saddlery M1907 sling: http://www.turnersling.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TS&Product_Code=M1907&Category_Code=HRRS

I've never tried one on an AR but I really like the one I've got on my M1A Scout. $50 for a sling that'll probably outlive me doesn't seem that bad...

Steve O
09-01-2009, 10:15 AM
Viking Tactics (V-Tac) in my opinion, the best sling out there. One handed adjustment, optional padding, very simple. Issued by my department. Its only $35

http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_sling_VTAC-MK1-a.html

How exactly does that sling attach?
They don't have good pics of the attachment points on their website.

tomd1584
09-01-2009, 10:33 AM
How exactly does that sling attach?
They don't have good pics of the attachment points on their website.

You would loop it through the slots in your stock (if retractable) and for the front you would need a swivel attachment of some kind, (either QD on a rail or one thats attached to your FSB.)

Desert_AIP
09-01-2009, 12:10 PM
Build your own for ~$10.

Instructions (http://www.strapworks.com/v/vspfiles/DIY_AR15.pdf)

http://www.strapworks.com/AR15_KIT_p/ar15h.htm
http://www.strapworks.com/AR15_Kit_p/ar15n.htm

popeye4
09-01-2009, 12:14 PM
Keep in mind that the front sling swivel is attached to the barrel, unless you have installed a free float tube. If you lean into it, you can change the point of impact......

fonionrings
09-01-2009, 12:26 PM
One other two point I've liked has a cuff you put on your arm and then a two point on the rifle. You can press a buckel on bottom of sling and then click it onto the cuff alread on your arm. I forget the name of this sling but Brownels or Cabelas should have it.

I think that's the TIS Quick Cuff. You can find it at http://triadtactical.com/.

drummerdude1188
09-01-2009, 3:02 PM
VICKERS VICKERS VICKERS.............. VICKERS. Best there is, as far as 2 pt adjustable go, which is pretty much best for most applications other than kicking in doors with an sbr, or something like that.