Most people agree that a sling is a necessity on a defensive rifle, especially one staged for home defense, or if you’re in a military environment, on patrol, or any time you might need to take your hands off the rifle but you still want it accessible.

But not everyone agrees on what type of sling you need. The biggest debate is: single- or two-point sling? Rob Pincus believes that people who are still arguing about this are a bit out of touch. The reality is that today, most of the best rifle slings on the market are convertible.If you have a defensive long gun, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a convertible sling that allows you to go from two-point configuration to single point.

Single- or Two-Point Sling?

But if you have to choose, Rob will always go with single point for any kind of close-quarters, interior-environment, around-the-vehicle defensive long gun, because you want to be able to maneuver the long gun as much as possible, and a two-point sling just doesn’t allow that. A traditional carrying strap set-up would have an attachment point at the front of the rifle, hampering mobility even further.

Modern Rifle Slings

Most convertible rifle slings and most defensive ARs have a lot of options for where you can attach the sling on the rifle and how it adjusts around your body. In single-point configuration, the rifle is much more maneuverable than in two-point. You can move and fight in a lot of different directions. However, the rifle will not be secure against your body, which may be a concern if you’re moving. But with a convertible sling, you can switch it to two-point.

When shopping for rifle slings, look for a convertible sling. It will give you more options.