Are You Using the Right Sling? Single Point vs Two Point AR Slings
Posted by STNGR USA on Oct 17th 2022
Let's break down single point slings versus two point slings.
Hello and welcome to the STNGR Workshop. My name is Rick Barrett and I'm your host for the series of videos where we talk about everything in the gun community from gun accessories to gun maintenance.
And in this video we're going to continue to talk about accessories. We're gonna compare a single point sling to a two point sling for your AR-15 setup.
Now, it needs to be said with all our videos here at the STNGR Workshop we're not declaring a winner. We're giving you the pros and of both so that way when you make your decision, you're fully informed. Now, let me first say, I do understand there is the three point sling system, but right now it is not as commonplace as either the single point or two point sling system.
Table Of Contents
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- Video: Single Point vs Two Point AR Slings
- What's a Sling and Why Do You Need One?
- Single Point vs Two Point AR Slings
- Single Point Slings
- Two Point Slings
- Choosing Between Single Point and Two Point Slings
- Final Thoughts
What's a Sling and Why Do You Need One?
A sling is a strap of durable material that connects to your weapon and you wear it across across your body. You'll need a sling in order to comfortably carry your firearm for long periods of time and retain your weapon on your person. A sling gives you a hands-free way to carry your weapon, but still gives you quick access to your gun when you need to. We'll cover the two most common sling types: single point vs two point which differ by their attachment points to the weapon.
Alright, before we talk about single versus two point sling, let me talk about some of the places where your sling can be attached to your rifle. On a traditional AR-15, it usually is in the stock and up front as you can see here. That's where you would thread your actual sling.
Now, if you want to upgrade that, maybe using a QD System (or the quick detach system), they would traditionally go here and somewhere along your handguard.
Please note that the image shown does not depict a QD system, but shows where QD attachment points would be located on a rifle that has QD attachment points.
Here's an example of a handguard (the 13.5" HWK handguard) with QD points on both the front and the rear.
If your M-Lok handguard does not have QD points built in, you can easily install a QD M-Lok Sling Mount.
Single Point vs Two Point AR Slings
Let's talk about the term: point sling. Either single point or two point sling. All that means is that is the point on the weapon where the sling attaches to. In the case of single point it attaches at one place, in the case of two point it attaches at two separate places.
Single Point Slings
So let's first start out with single point slings. With the development of PDWs (which are personal defense weapons), submachine guns, and shorter carbines, the idea of a single point system emerged.
Single point slings have a strap that is placed on your strong side shoulder and crosses your body diagonally, creating a loop that goes over your head. Typically a quick detach system at the back of the lower receiver is used to attach it to the carbine. It is very important to know that this sling needs to be mounted properly on your carbine since most of the time is an aftermarket accessory.
Shown is The Vest Guy CZ Scorpion Single Point Sling. Image from The Vest Guy.
Pros of Single Point Slings
Now some of the positives are these slings keep the carbine pointed in the direction of the body's front center line which makes it simple for the shooter to grasp the rifle when it is resting.
The true benefit of this design, other from being simple to take on and off, is that it makes transferring the carbine from either shoulder simpler. It is well liked by some members of the military and law enforcement as well as becoming popular in the civilian market.
Cons of Single Point Slings
So that's the winner. Right? It's easy to take on and off. It gives you quicker access to your carbine. What are the downsides? It doesn't sound like there's any. However, there are some.
The biggest flaw with the single point system is that when it's not secured, i.e. in your hand, it just hangs. It's very loose because they are in your center line they tend to obstruct movement when they're not being used.
The second big disadvantage of the single point system is that there's no weight distribution. All that weight is sitting on that shoulder, which means if you're carrying it for an extended period of time it's gonna become more and more uncomfortable.
Two Point Slings
Now that we've talked about the single point system, let's talk about the two point system.
Now, the two point sling system is probably the most common type of sling used with carbines nowadays. The modern two point sling are different from older models in that they have hardware or adjustment loops to swiftly change the length. They attach to the carbine at two distinct spots, one in the front and one at the stock, either directly or with quick detach hardware that we looked at earlier in the video.
There may be a need for customizing sling mounts depending on your method of attachment. You can wear two point sling in a number of different ways, such as across one shoulder, over your front with the carbine laying diagonally on your back, or across your torso with the carbine at your side.
Pros of Two Point Slings
The employment of two point slings as shooting aids really make them the standard bearer. They can be quickly and easily tightened to brace the rifle to the shoulder for a more solid shooting position, which can lead to more accurate shots because they are built for quick adjustment.
Cons of Two Point Slings
Well, that sounds pretty good. There can't be any drawbacks to the two point system. Well, the only drawback of this type of sling is that it requires the user to unbuckle when switching from the strong to the weak side shoulder and vice versa.
Choosing Between Single Point and Two Point Slings
Just like every other AR 15 accessory, whether you choose a single point or two point sling, you're not stuck with it.
Let's say you choose the single point system first because you feel that fits your needs at the time. Maybe you don't like the fact all that weight is on one shoulder. Maybe you don't like how unsecured the gun is when you're not using it. You can easily switch to a two point system.
Let's say you go with a two point system and maybe it's too cumbersome. Maybe it doesn't allow you to be as quick as you want to be. You can switch to a single point.
Let me know what you like in the comments below.
Coming to you from the STNGR Workshop, my name is Rick Barrett. I hope you enjoyed this video and I'll talk to you again soon.