Recently I took part in a exciting new project, it had me running around fully kitted up. I took the opportunity to evaluate some new and old gear, again I wasn’t too surprised with what I learned or relearned.
Modern day tactical rifle slings can be broken down into three categories; single, double and triple point. Meaning how they attached to the rifle; a single point only have one point of contact. Pretty simple stuff.
I moved away from the single point over the last several years because I was doing mainly shooting classes. Carrying the rifle was more likely than shooting and moving with the rifle. The tactics classes were great, but teaching them didn’t put me in the driver’s seat as often as I spent the last couple of days. Some very interesting observations were validated.
Running a single point sling for assaults is solid. If you are legitimately going to be busting down doors or running and gunning it is pretty hard to be the utility of a single point. I had to carry a standard load-out; so plate carrier with plates and communications gear so I had a lot of crap, but the real benefit to a single point is when you have to move and when you have to go into hunt mode.
So, moving is pretty simple in a tactical scenario, you are either moving to an immediate threat, engaging a threat on move, moving to your next threat and posting on a possible threat. When moving to an immediate threat you are covering ground pretty quickly. You have danger areas that need to be covered down, but you are on the move. Engaging a threat on the move is pretty cut and dry. Then there is moving to your next threat when you have completed one tactical task and now need to bogie to the next one and then posting up on a threat when the potential for a threat is high and requires accurate rounds to neutralize.
On any giving assault you will be flowing throw all of these on multiple occasions. A good side bar is the discussion of shooting a threat on the move versus posting on a possible threat. The two are pretty close, but the real difference is how important speed is and how likely the threat is. I am much more inclined to post in order to deliver accurate fire than shoot while moving. It is a pipe dream to believe you can be accurate at ranges outside of 10 yards while on the move. Too many folks overlook that fact so on approaches remember that and consider posting if the threat is high.
Back to slings; I pretty much ran single points exclusively and loved them, but like I said I moved to the adjustable double points for the last several years. I was reminded again why the single point is dominant on assaults. It allows me to run all the various ready positions, it doesn’t interfere with my shooting it allows me to cover down on threats from any direction and it allows me to fight and go hands on at close quarters.
Is the double point capable of doing all of those, absolutely, but the single just does it cleaner. Now, to part with a nasty secret…the best two point sling I ever had was a single piece of tubular nylon with two water-man’s knots. How untactical…