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  • AR15/M4 Sling

    Just recently bought a Bushmaster M4 rifle to carry while on patrol. I am new to the rifle and will also need a sling. Can anyone give me some suggestions on a good sling/what to look for for patrol use??

  • #2
    Personal preference but 2 of my favorites are a 2 point Blue Force Gear Vickers sling and a single point Blue Force Gear UDC sling. For patrol use, I would probably suggest a 2 point set up.
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    • #3
      i'm not an LEO but i use a Spectre MOUT single point sling. I like the fact that it has a tough quick release strap, and you can buy multiple attachment points and attach them to more than one rifle making it easy to swithc the sling between them
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      • #4
        I currently use a Spectre Gear MOUT sling. It works well when in action, but feels like it's strangling me when slung for any period of time. For dynamic use it's great, but for more patrol oriented use (where I could be on a perimiter for hours) I think I am going to switch to a Vickars Combat Application Sling. I have yet to hear a bad review of it.

        If you can, try out some different slings. Your gear, body type and use will affect you selection.
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        • #5
          +1 on what Surf said...........

          The VTAC 2 point is the way to go in my book.

          http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_sling_VTAC-MK1-a.html

          or

          http://www.blueforcegear.com/product...d=5&prod_id=79
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          • #6
            I would suggest two things when considering a sling:
            1.) a section of bungie built into the sling
            2.) some way to detach the sling quickly

            The above are two-fold. The bungie will provide some "give" if you should need to do a heel-strike to an aggressor, as well as allow some room should you need to transfer to your support side shoulder for shooting around cover. The quick detach - I've seen first hand. A guy on my squad got his sling caught on a fence while attempting to climb over. Had he not had a detach, he could have strangled himself.

            Just my .02
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            • #7
              VTAC or Mamba are the best 3 point slings I've used yet.
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              "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by halfacop View Post
                +1 on what Surf said...........

                The VTAC 2 point is the way to go in my book.

                http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_sling_VTAC-MK1-a.html

                or

                http://www.blueforcegear.com/product...d=5&prod_id=79
                +1 on the viking tactics. great sling. much more comfortable and versatile than my old single point.

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                • #9
                  I was in a bit of a rush earlier so I will also say that I prefer 2 quick releases for my set ups. For the single point I like 1 quick release that will detach the sling from the weapon, so you don't have to take off the sling and one quick release that will quickly detach the sling from the shooter without having to take it off over your arm and head. Again for the single point sling I use the BFG UDC sling which is already set up this way.

                  For the 2 point sling I use the BFG Vickers sling. The problem that I face with the Vickers sling with my size, including tac vest and load bearing, the 2 point Vickers at its longest point will still not allow me to transition to my support side, plus it only has one quick detach at the butt end connection. To alleviate this transition problem, I added another quick detach at the front connection with an extra length of sling. Now I can detach the rear or front and am able to transition to my support side without removing or detaching the sling.

                  However, no matter what, the single point sling is much easier to transition with. Depending on what I am doing I chose the sling of my choice and whichever upper / optic combo I decide to go with. The 2 uppers that I change out have the quick release, so changing them out is simple.
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                  • #10
                    Hmm, here is a picture maybe that makes more sense.

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                    • #11
                      I have been the single point route with my rifles and it just didn't work for me. I have found that a two point works better for me. I have used the Vickers Sling and the cheaper version called the Victory Sling, they just didn't seem to fit the bill. I was given a VTAC Sling during the SHOT Show in Florida last year. I tried it and really liked it. So in the last year or so I have put VTAC Padded Slings on all of my rifles and love them. To me they adjust faster and are more versatile. I really learned how to use it to it's full potential during the VTAC 1.5 Carbine class I was in a couple of weeks ago.

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                      • #12
                        Just a heads up, be aware of slings if you use tac gear. Try different slings out. For myself padded slings while in gear really irritate around the neck because the sling does not ride against your body, which may cause it to sit on edge around your gear and bite into your neck. This was true for the VTAC and several other padded versions. This single point padded versions are the worst.
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                        • #13
                          Where do you live?

                          The kind of sling you will use depends a lot on what kind of patrol work you do (i.e. urban or rural, etc.). I work patrol in an urban environment and use a blackhawk single-point bungee sling on all my long guns. The single-point release is especially useful when handing the rifle off for climbing or scaling fences on K-9 tracks etc. The bungee feature is also useful for CQB work when right and left hand shooting becomes necessary.

                          Another thing about single-point slings is that they take very little room when two long guns are locked up front in my patrol vehicle, aiding in less tangling and quicker deployment.

                          I think if you were needing to have the long gun slung for extended periods of time, you might want to go with something more comfortable than a single-point.
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                          • #14
                            99 percent of the guys here all use the Chalker sling.

                            My personal reason for using the Chalker is this: I have found that having a sling on your gun while jumping in and out of our cars sucks! Prior to using the Chalker, My sling got caught up once and made it so I had to leave my AR hanging on the gun lock and the barrel in the front seat. (I just transitioned to my handgun) After that incident, I immediately purchased the chalker and can have my rifle out and slung and on target prior to those with slings.
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                            • #15
                              So do you wear the Chalker all the time, and snap in when you retreive the rifle?

                              Just curious. That would be a total no-go here.
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