Attaching a Sling to an AR

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Viewers have been asking, “How do I actually connect a sling to my rifle?” PDN Contributor Deryck Poole demonstrates some options for attaching single- and two-point slings to ARs.

SINGLE- OR TWO-POINT SLING?

In response to a previous PDN video called AR Rifle Slings: Single or Two Point? Deryck presents a few examples of what you can do to accessorize your AR so it can accommodate the type of sling you want to use.

TWO-POINT SLING ON STANDARD AR

The first rifle is a stock AR. It has a mounting point on the buttstock and another at the forward end of the handguard. It has a standard military end plate, so you cannot attach anything there. Considering the two points at which you can attach a sling, you have a couple of options. One, you can use a standard loop-through sling, or two, you can use something that has mash clips or HK-type clips that clip to the mounting points. It’s a very simple way to attach a two-point sling.

ONE-POINT SLING ON STANDARD AR

If you want a one-point sling, you need to change out the standard end plate with a QD (quick-detach) type end plate. That way you can use a sling that already has a QD swivel attached to it.

ONE- OR TWO-POINT SLING ON MODIFIED AR

Deryck has another AR that has a QD-type end plate and he attaches the sling to it. This way you have the choice of a single- or two-point sling on the rifle. This rifle has an M-LOK-style rail that gives you the ability to add an additional sling mounting point anywhere along the rail.

THREE POINTS AND BEYOND

Deryck has more tips, so be sure to watch the entire video. Many people feel a sling is an essential part of their defensive gear for their rifles, so you may want to try different types of slings and see what works best for you.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them here under the DISCUSSION tab — Deryck will be checking them and will reply.