I would start with "What do I want my sling to do?"
There are very specialized "slings" for long-range shooting and high-power competitions like the Ching-sling.
However, most folks are just looking for a way to keep their rifles from falling in the dirt when they go hands-free.
If you're in this second category you have 2.5 choices: 1 point, 2 point, and 3 point slings.
3 point slings have fallen out of favor in the last few years (due to the emphasis on ambidextrous shooting in CQB type situations). The 3 pt slings are very secure, but do not lend themselves well to weak-side shooting.
The contemporary trend seems to be moving back toward 2 point slings (like the Blueforce VCAS) and away from the 1 point slings, but both have their advantages and disadvantages.
You can also get a hybrid sling like the Magpul MS4 series which can be either depending on where you attach it to the gun. A sling like the MS4 might be your best option until you know your style well enough to commit to one camp or the other.
When I was a copper I carried an AR Carbine and a handgun...whilst playing all that cops and robbers stuff I found that single point slings are really great at having that one in a million chance of running out of rifle ammo and having to transition to the handgun....
I also found that when climbing a fence a single point rifle will allow your rifle (large clublike item) to smack you in the giblets and render you incapacitated for around ten minutes or so...
I went back to the standard olive drab military two point sling like Uncle Sam meant to be on the rifle shortly thereafter.
(I shoulda stuck with that sling from the get-go, but I wanted to be really tati-cool...)
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Posts: 5603 | Location: Texas! | Registered: October 07, 2006
With a 1 point sling, unless you're standing perfectly still, you basically have to keep a hand on the rifle at all times to control it. Otherwise it just dangles and flops around, smacks into things, gets tangled up in things, and yes... hits you in the junk. You don't have the ability to cinch it down securely against your body and let go with both hands to perform any number of tasks that require two hands.
The 1 point sling's only real benefit is that it allows for fast weak side shoulder transitions. But that comes at the cost of a number of significant drawbacks. And the modern adjustable 2 point slings like the VCAS and VTAC are nearly as fast when transitioning shoulders, without the 1 point sling's drawbacks.
Just call me old fashioned. I just use the standard M1, WWII rifle slings on all my ARs. I have installed the single point attach rings where the buffer tube enters the receiver, but have only done that just so I will have it in the future if I should ever want it.
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Posts: 9128 | Location: Indian Territory, USA | Registered: March 23, 2006
These are expensive and take some setup time but I like how tightly they secure the gun in two point and how quickly and efficiently they go to single point. The MS3 is good until you need to be in single point after being in two point under duress, then they get interesting. The are replacing my MS3's.
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Posts: 8988 | Location: Lake Stevens, WA | Registered: March 20, 2005