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GoatHead  [Member]
5/14/2011 1:45:17 AM
Ok, I post in the Armalite forum specifically for two reasons. One, I own an Armalite AR-10. Two, it seems the only credible advice I see on this website is in this forum specifically. The rest seem to be mindless rambling of pointless questions. I have found numerous threads about slings, but none offer any good advice for my needs in a sling.

My point of this post is to ask what you guys are using, and why. How you are using it, what you use it for, the 411 of your sling choice.

Im looking for a shooters sling, something simple but effective. Nothing padded, something to wrap around my hand or arm to get a more stable position. I guess a snipers sling would be a better description. Im not looking for the crazy Galco slings with hoops for your arm and stuff. Im wanting to start running drills and taking classes with it, mainly sharpshooter stuff not the running around 3 gun stuff clearing rooms and close range. Still total noob when it comes to that, but thats later on. Im envisioning tracking some deer out in BFE Texas, needing a simple sling to throw over my should to run up the hill or climb a tree for a better shot, using the sling to tighten up my grip for a more secure shot.

I see alot of these "tactical" slings with crazy pictures and videos of rapid transitions and adjustments and what not. I could see me needing that if Im chasing dinner, I dont plan to sit in a blind and shoot a deer feeding from a planted feeder.

What kind of sling do you use for your AR-10, and if any, what do you use the sling for besides carrying?

I dont mind spending a little money for a good sling if it suits my purpose and is well made. Im all about paying for quality, as long as its worth it. Thats why Im here asking you fellow Armalite owner's opinions.
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Foxtrot243  [Member]
5/14/2011 2:55:54 AM
I own a half dozen Armalites and like them.......except for the slings.If you put on the web one they give you you have to take it apart on the buckle to separate it from the lower for cleaning ect or swapping the upper for another.
I have bought the little sling stud adapters for Harris bipods to install on the bottom of the forearms on all plus drilled and bolted a standard stud on all the buttstocks just ahead of the factory one to accomodate a carry sling for each adjusted for me in warm weather or layered clothes for hunting.Wish they did that at the factory
geskorup  [Member]
5/14/2011 4:35:33 AM
I use GearSector QD slings on mostly Daniel Defense mounts. Both brands are excellent quality, IMO.
madcratebuilder  [Member]
5/14/2011 9:00:32 AM
I use M14 style GI slings with QD swivels.


bjwar10  [Member]
5/14/2011 9:49:39 AM
I use a padded VCAS and would highly suggest it to anyone. I know you said no pad and no fancy adjustments but I've found that on a 14+ pound rifle the pad on the sling feels pretty good after a little while. The VCAS allows for easy adjustment for shoulder carry or "tactical" carry. You can also cinch it down to make a stable platform for shooting.

You could also look at the VTAC which is similar to the VCAS but has a slightly different adjuster. I tried the VTAC but did not like the metal adjuster and the tail of the adjustable end hanging down.

Here is my VCAS and how it attaches...
ftldrben  [Team Member]
5/14/2011 10:11:27 AM
LaRue's padded tactical sling w/swivel mounts.

I didn't want the complicated sling either, but it's not, it's intuitive and you'll get accustomed to it in seconds.

You can carry tight or lose and get out of it in a blink.

For bearing the weight of the big boomers, its great. I use it on my POF P-308 16.5" and my LT OBR 18"; both are rigged up with optics, bi-pods and lights so you're looking at 14+lbs as the poster above said. You'll love this sling after an hour in a field.
bjwar10  [Member]
5/14/2011 10:13:01 AM
I used to use a simple sling from CQB solutions...It was actually a 3-point that I highly modified. But I found that I was constantly adjusting the length so I ditched it for the above VCAS.

Here's a pic...
Jack-O  [Member]
5/14/2011 10:25:23 AM
I've spent hundreds of dollars on slings varying from the old GI 1903 style in both leather and Biothane, the GI web sling right thru the stuff from Vickers and some pretty shitty three point slings.

What you are looking for is a multipurpose sling that operates as a decent carry strap AND a decent shooting sling...

I have the answer!!

Check out the Quick Cuff sling. I've used them a bit and have one on each of my precision rifles now. they work great and are very quick to clip in and out of for slung shooting and you can adjust them for a quick wrap (hasty sling) too or for carrying however you like as a two point sling.

I can say with authority tho that the single point slings and three point slings are absolutely worthless for what you want to do. avoid them at all costs. a two point is about the only thing that really works if you want to both move and be able to get in and out of your sling on demand with a minimum of tangling.

Good luck!!
CIB  [Member]
5/14/2011 7:30:43 PM
I use an Eagle 2-point. I too have tried multiple slings, 1,2, and 3 pt., but I always keep coming back to the Eagle, and they make good stuff.
This is the one I use. http://www.eagleindustries.com/product.php?productid=529&cat=15&page=1
GoatHead  [Member]
5/15/2011 2:37:44 AM


This is pretty much what Im looking for. Maybe with some modern buckles for a little more grab. I have a Troy padded sling and do not like it. Find it bulky and cumbersome. Gets in my way more than anything, sure it feels great if Im gonna be walking for a mile single shoulder style. The VCAS looks nice, but they make it seem overly complicated.

I have been looking at the Dieters CQD sling and the Galco MIL Sling and have been looking for something like the M14 style pictured above, but with better buckles and hook up points. I have the VLTOR EMod stock, and I like the how alot of the "tactical" slings wrap around the buttstock, rather than to a swivel mounted on the side. Any pros or cons to this method as apposed to a swivel? I also have the rifle length MOE handguards right now. The gun is in the shop getting some barrel work, and I do not like the padded sling i have now. I want something that can be used to aid my grip or stance.

I have settled on the fact I need a 2 point, have no need for a single or 3 point sling. A 3 point is worthless except for heavy MG's . But I do appreciate the opinions. Keep them coming, rifle wont be ready for another week or so. So I still have time to decide. I have seen something called the Mamba, if Im not mistaken. It attaches to the front, wraps around the handguard, goes the length of the rifle tot he butt stock and attaches there and wraps around, but also has adjustable strap from front to back for your shoulder. What the hell is up with that? Ill find the link and post it later
madcratebuilder  [Member]
5/15/2011 9:09:04 AM
Originally Posted By GoatHead:


This is pretty much what Im looking for. Maybe with some modern buckles for a little more grab. I have a Troy padded sling and do not like it. Find it bulky and cumbersome. Gets in my way more than anything, sure it feels great if Im gonna be walking for a mile single shoulder style. The VCAS looks nice, but they make it seem overly complicated.

I have been looking at the Dieters CQD sling and the Galco MIL Sling and have been looking for something like the M14 style pictured above, but with better buckles and hook up points. I have the VLTOR EMod stock, and I like the how alot of the "tactical" slings wrap around the buttstock, rather than to a swivel mounted on the side. Any pros or cons to this method as apposed to a swivel? I also have the rifle length MOE handguards right now. The gun is in the shop getting some barrel work, and I do not like the padded sling i have now. I want something that can be used to aid my grip or stance.


I use the QD swivel on both ends if the butt stock has a QD fitting. I remove the GI parts from the bottom attaching point. More and more rail and butts are being offered with QD attaching points as part of the package, your Emod should have the QD next to the storage release. You can add a QD to the PRS with this.
http://cascadiaarmamentdesign.com/store/

The GI buckles are a never fail item for me, never had one slip or open on a half dozen rifles with variations of this setup.

bjwar10  [Member]
5/15/2011 9:54:29 AM
Originally Posted By GoatHead:


This is pretty much what Im looking for. Maybe with some modern buckles for a little more grab. I have a Troy padded sling and do not like it. Find it bulky and cumbersome. Gets in my way more than anything, sure it feels great if Im gonna be walking for a mile single shoulder style. The VCAS looks nice, but they make it seem overly complicated.

I have been looking at the Dieters CQD sling and the Galco MIL Sling and have been looking for something like the M14 style pictured above, but with better buckles and hook up points. I have the VLTOR EMod stock, and I like the how alot of the "tactical" slings wrap around the buttstock, rather than to a swivel mounted on the side. Any pros or cons to this method as apposed to a swivel? I also have the rifle length MOE handguards right now. The gun is in the shop getting some barrel work, and I do not like the padded sling i have now. I want something that can be used to aid my grip or stance.

I have settled on the fact I need a 2 point, have no need for a single or 3 point sling. A 3 point is worthless except for heavy MG's . But I do appreciate the opinions. Keep them coming, rifle wont be ready for another week or so. So I still have time to decide. I have seen something called the Mamba, if Im not mistaken. It attaches to the front, wraps around the handguard, goes the length of the rifle tot he butt stock and attaches there and wraps around, but also has adjustable strap from front to back for your shoulder. What the hell is up with that? Ill find the link and post it later


If that is all you are needing or looking for, I would suggest getting a piece of strap or webbing and a few buckles and making your own...http://www.strapworks.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y. That's basically what I did prior to getting the VCAS. The only other thing you'll need is some swivels to attach it to the rifle.
pwr_trpn  [Member]
5/15/2011 3:56:27 PM
Originally Posted By ftldrben:
LaRue's padded tactical sling w/swivel mounts.

I didn't want the complicated sling either, but it's not, it's intuitive and you'll get accustomed to it in seconds.

You can carry tight or lose and get out of it in a blink.

For bearing the weight of the big boomers, its great. I use it on my POF P-308 16.5" and my LT OBR 18"; both are rigged up with optics, bi-pods and lights so you're looking at 14+lbs as the poster above said. You'll love this sling after an hour in a field.


Yep
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