I just jumped into the AR arena with a PSA complete upper and lower build kit along with a stripped lower. Recommendations for a sling that wont break the bank?
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Blue Force Gear VCAS
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.
I'll second the VCAS.
I think a 2-pt is the way i would go - this is mostly a keep it outta the dirt situation. I'll look at the VCAS and Magpul... thanks
I was happy with this, bought 2, one for each AR.
Bravo Company Viking Tactics Wide Padded Sling
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I like the Magpul MS3. It can be used as a single or dual mount and comes with the clips.
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VTAC or VCAS
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...)
This. If you plan to ever move while having the rifle hang from sling. Get a 2 point. Tried a 1 point once and my junk hated me. Nothing quite like aluminum and steel banging against your crotch.
I like my Savy Sniper 2 point with QD cups. It's super quick to get in and out.
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It's not just about getting hit in the junk too.
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.
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