In today’s installment in our series on the AR-15 rifle, we’re going to talk about slings. Slings aren’t just a handy way to carry your rifle hands-free, they also provide additional stabilization (and therefore increased accuracy) for your rifle when used properly. There are a few different types of slings for AR rifles, each with advantages and disadvantages.
Single-point slings are one of the most commonly used types of slings in law enforcement and military environments and are not limited to use only with ARs. The ease of use and speed at which they can be installed and removed from the rifle is unequaled. A nice advantage of this kind of sling is they usually contain some kind of elastic material so you can move your slung weapon freely and comfortably without making any adjustments to the sling itself. Some find the elasticity to be somewhat irritating, however, because the weapon has a tendency to bounce around if not secured. If you feel that a single-point sling is for you, check out our Lone Star Single Point Sling.
Two-point slings are most common among hunters who just need a plain sling to carry their AR or other hunting rifle from a vehicle or house to the blind and back. This type of sling, one of the oldest styles, can also make for a formidable tactical sling. If a two-point sling appeals to you, take a look at our Tapco Sling System, or the easily adjustable 2-point sling.
Perhaps the most versatile of all “tactical” slings, three-point slings are also the most popular AR slings and are the ones most people think of when they hear the terms “tactical sling” or “SWAT sling.” They can be used in many different carry positions including (although not limited to)
- Off-side drop
- Military patrol ready
- Port arms
- Rear sweep
- Climbers carry
- Casty carry (common two-point carry position)
If you plan on using a single-point sling, you’ll need the appropriate mount and one of our best single-point mounts is the Yankee Hill Ambidextrous Carbine Sling Mount.
Two-point and three-point slings can sometimes require different mounts than the ones you might already have on your weapon. Our best two-point and three-point sling mount is the ProMag Picatinny Rail.