But before we proceed, let us have a quick look at what a sling is and its basic parts.
What Is A Sling And What Are Its Parts?
A sling is a strap that runs between the front and the rear of the weapon that allows the shooter to easily carry the rifle. It’s more like a holster for a pistol that enables the shooter to use their hands freely. Irrespective of the type of sling you use, they all have three basic components.
1. The strap
2. The attachment hardware
3. The mount
What Are The Type Of Slings Available For An AR?
There are three types of slings available for an AR.
1. Single Point Slings
As the name suggests, single-point slings attach to the rifle at a single point and wrap around the user's body, allowing the rifle to be easily accessed and the ability to transition the weapon between shoulders as is dictated by the environment and/or the operation. Typically, single-point slings are attached to the rifle near the rear of the lower receiver. This allows the shooter to quickly transition the weapon to the front of their body.
The advantage of using a single-point sling on an AR is its mobility. This makes it easier to keep the rifle steady and accurately fire it. One potential disadvantage of using a single-point sling on an AR-style rifle is that the rifle can become difficult to control if it is dropped or mishandled.
2. 2 Point Slings
2 point slings are a type of sling that attaches to the AR at two points, typically the front and rear sling mounts. The advantage of using a double-point sling on an AR-type rifle is that it allows the weapon to be quickly and easily brought into a firing position. It also helps to keep the rifle steady while shooting, which can help improve accuracy.
3. 3 Point Slings
3 point slings are a type of sling that is specifically designed for use with AR-15 rifles. They provide a more secure and comfortable fit than traditional slings. These slings have two points of connection with the AR and a third point where the loop connects again.
The Three Mounting Location for Sling Mounts on a AR 15
Mounting locations on a rifle are of utmost importance for the shooter. The location of the mounting point will affect the rifle’s balance, as well as its accuracy and handling.
There are three mounting locations on an AR
1. Front Mounting Points
Front mounting points are located in front of the trigger guard at a distance from 1/3 to 2/3 of the length of the rifle. It is a popular choice because it allows for easy access to both hands without any interference with one another while shooting.
2. Rear Mounting Points
Rear mounting points are located behind the trigger guard at a distance from 1/2 to 3/4 of the length of the rifle and it is not recommended for beginners because it requires more practice than other types to master how to use this type effectively
3. Side mounting points
Side mounting points are located on the sides of the rifle and allow for extra control in handling the weapon, but they offer less support when shooting from the shoulder. They can be divided into two types:
Ø Barrel mounted
Ø Receiver mounted
Now that we have discussed the various mounting locations for sling mounts on an AR, let us have a look at the hardware used to mount it.
The different Types of Attachment Hardware
1. Fixed Loop & Swivel Loop
The fixed loop is a small, circular metal ring that is permanently attached to the firearm. The swivel loop is a larger metal ring that is attached to the firearm with a hinge or screw and can be rotated 360 degrees. This allows the sling to be attached in different positions depending on the user's preference.
2. Buffer Tube End Plate
The buffer tube end plate is a small, but important piece of the puzzle that helps keep your sling functioning properly. It helps to keep the sling in place and prevents it from slipping off of the buffer tube.
It is a basic arrangement made from a plastic carabiner-type hook that can be easily clipped to the mounting ring.
4. Quick-Detach Connector
A Quick-Detach Connector offers the shooter the advantages of the Swivel Loop & Stud design. The quick-detach connector in the AR 15 sling makes it easy to switch between slings without having to remove the connector. This connector can especially come in handy in the field where shooters have to change the way they carry their weapons based on the situation.
The Best Place To Mount The Sling In An AR
As with all AR customization, the best place to mount the sling is entirely a personal choice. A choice that has to be made based on personal preference and situations. Some people prefer to have a front sling mount so they can quickly switch the sling from one shoulder to the other.
Then others prefer a rear sling mount so the sling doesn't get in the way when they're shooting. And some people prefer an adjustable sling mount so they can change the sling's length depending on what they're doing.
Our advice? Choose the location that best suits your needs!
To Sum Up
We hope you found this article helpful. So the next time you mount a sling mount on your AR, choose the place that best suits your requirements. If you are planning to upgrade your sling or sling mount, feel free to visit us.