The below picture is from Magpul, but the way the rear of the sling is attached to the stock, on the side away from the body, wasn’t the usual method at one time. In my recollection, and even today, putting the sling attachment point on the body side is/was more common.
A few years ago I ran across it in a YouTube video as a recommended way of keeping the stock closer to one’s body when carrying the rifle muzzle down, and after trying it and liking it, that’s the way I adopted.
In recent times, though, I’ve seen the pictured method being used much more commonly, and I’m curious how popular it really is.
Posts: 45893 | Location: 10,150 Feet Above Sea Level in Colorado | Registered: April 04, 2002
Left side, with attachment point close to my body -- works best for me with extendable AR stocks, with precision AR stocks, and with precision bolt action stocks.
In competition we might carry rifles and packs for many hours and for many miles each day. Sometimes over rough terrain. Sometimes while jogging. Often shooting from multiple positions. I've tried the attachment point on the left side, right side, and bottom of the buttstock. Left side works best for me.
Posts: 7400 | Location: Colorado | Registered: January 26, 2008
I used right side when I was primarily into low ready. Lately I have been more into high ready. Just a personal preference. Looking over the muzzle towards the threat seems more intuitive and faster to me than low ready. I moved my slings back to the left. Either side works as long as your slings are adjusted correctly.
Posts: 2740 | Location: Unass the AO | Registered: December 16, 2007
Originally posted by Abn556: Either side works as long as your slings are adjusted correctly.
For those that are attaching it to the right side primarily to facilitate extra sling length for off-side shoulder transitions, an alternative option is using a quick-adjustable sling like a BFG VCAS. This allows you to quickly and easily add length to the sling when transitioning to the offside shoulder.
Or, just practice dropping your offside elbow out of the sling loop as part of your offside shoulder transition process (effectively resulting in the sling being looped just around your neck temporarily). This requires minimal adaptation, and is an quick way to free up quite a bit of sling real estate without having to replace your sling with a different one or alter your sling attachment point.