- Single Point (one attachment point)
- Two Point (two attachment points)
- Three Point (with, you guessed it, three attachment points)
Many times you will find yourself using/wanting a different sling depending on the situation. One sling rarely covers all purposes.
Single Point Sling
- Pros: Widely used on AR style rifles, the one point attachment is used when speed is key.
- Cons: Rifle is harder to control once you let go (i.e. you switch to a sidearm). Not the best choice for longer, heavier rifles.
- Pros: Can be used to help stabilize shot, more control over the rifle if you transition to another function.
- Cons: Rifle cannot be as quickly deployed
- Pros: Good for weapon retention and help with aiming since adjustment can provide good fit and shooting position.
- Cons: Not the greatest if wearing bulky clothing, body armor or equipment as it can snag. Make sure to practice with it!
Slings can be padded or basic. There are different ways to mount the sling such as strap type, hook or quick detach (QD). QD slings tend to be a favorite for hunters since the rifle may be carried easily, then removed when the hunter is in place. Some slings like the new Magpul MS3 can be converted fairly easily from a one point to a two point sling.
Which ever you choose, make sure it provides the right balance for you of control and function.