MAD Hook Up Single Point Sling Attachment

I’ve been following the development of a new single point sling attachment for AR platforms and the MAD Hook Up from Mission Adapted Design is one of the best single point sling designs I’ve ever seen.  Its designed and built in Portland, Oregon by engineers and shooters for AR carbines as a receiver-end mount point for single point slings.

The flexible design readily accepts a wide variety of hardware from old-school Heckler & Koch Hooks to Magpul’s new MS3 Paraclips as well as allowing the user the flexibility to directly attach the webbing to the rifle.  Unlike receiver end plate mounts, the Hook Up requires zero modification of the rifle or even the removal of the stock which is perfect for agency users who are restricted from making rifle mods by policy or AR owners who live in states requiring pinned stocks.  I’ve been impressed with the manufacturing of the MAD Hook Up as it is engineered and made using the latest computer aided design (CAD) and finite element analysis tools.  This design implements a wide and even clamping footprint which prevents rotation under the most arduous conditions while never damaging the weapon’s buffer tube.

It fits perfectly on my HK MR556A1 and any other AR platform using a standard Mil-Spec buffer tube and is serious quality.  For those users in the USA who want to buy local, its made up in Portland, Oregon out of machined billet ordinance steel and is finished in virtually indestructible and rustproof Melonite QPQ, even down to the screws.




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  • Nathan B

    Have you noticed any forward to back slippage or side to side rotation?
    Is there anything other than just screw tension on the buffer tube holding it in place?

    It seems like without proper torquing and loctiting of those screws that they could back out under recoil and the mount could walk around, and in the worst case, rotate around interfere with charging handle operation. If my fears as to that are unfounded and were addressed in the design, it looks like a nice product, I like the big loop, and never used the fully collapsed position on the my AR’s stock anyway.

    • jdun1911

      As a rule of thumb you need to loctite any screws on a firearm. It will fall out sooner rather than later and at a bad time due to vibrations. With that said those type of designs won’t rotate as long as the screws are tight and stays on.

      What I don’t like is the cramp on design. Those type of single point mount will not allow the stock to fully collapse. I really really hate things that prevent the stock from fully collapse at a personal level. It annoys me to no ends.

      • Other Steve

        “I really really hate things that prevent the stock from fully collapse at a personal level. It annoys me to no ends.”

        Wow, I thought I was alone there. Yea, can’t stand it. That said, this looks like a decent option if you have a castle nut that is already staked in place and don’t want to remove it.

  • Lance

    Looks sweet!

  • Zach

    It takes up a LOT of space and it uses the noisy hook and metal loop design. The Noveske QD stock endplate takes up no additional space and uses a quieter sling attachment. I don’t see this as being useful.

    • GAK

      Many users prefer hook-style connectors to push buttons. Notice that the SCAR was designed for HK hooks, even though the end users could have specified push buttons.
      The Noveske end plate is a fantastic piece, but it requires you to disassemble your rifle to install- a no-go for many cops, all military users and a lot of civilian AR owners.
      And there is a new sling out now from a small company in Colorado that will likely sell well; it doesn’t use push buttons…

    • W

      The quick detach button, in my opinion, is the one of the finest inventions for the AR15 ever conceived. I have never met anybody that dislikes them, though I’m sure there are a few out there.

      I also like the H&K style hooks, though my only gripe is that they are noisy, though this issue is largely negligible. They are pretty foolproof.

    • jdun1911

      I don’t know how you got noisy out of the design. Unlike the QD swivel and Magpul ASAP the loop is fix/non-moving.

      • Zach

        I see a fixed metal loop and a sling that attaches with a metal loop that opens. There will be some gap between the two loops so that attachment and sliding is possible. Thus there will be noise.

        With a pushbutton QD the locking balls use up all remaining clearance between the two parts and there is no rattle or relative movement when connected. Rotation is still possible, sliding is neither possible nor desired.

      • jdun1911

        That’s illogical.

        QD swivel moves up and down, that means it make noise. A fix loop doesn’t move that means no noise.

        I don’t know what you mean by gap but any type of hooks will be allow to move on the loop.

        Most slings have metal hooks instead of cloth straps. Slings with plastic hooks are bad. They tend to come unattached from the mount when doing drills.

      • W

        jdun its logical because, the QD makes very little, if any, noise because the sling is wrapped around the remaining metal. any rattling that can be possibly made is dampened by the sling.

        My experience with H&K style loops is that they’re great. They do make slightly more noise than QD mounts, though I wouldn’t necessarily attribute this as a drawback.

        QD mounts are also more rugged than you would think. Ive used them in afghanistan and they gave me no issues. they are surprisingly resilient to sand and ice. They impressed me considering I used to swear by hook-style slings.

      • jdun1911

        QD mount comes in two pieces, the mount and the moving metal swivel. Let me stress moving metal swivel.

        Second I don’t know how you get the sling wrap around the remaining metal.

        Let used your HK hook for example. HK type hooks are made of metal. Now you are attaching a metal part to a moving swivel. The hook will go left and right. While the swivel itself will move up and down that is attached to the QD mount.

        Now lets use the MAD single mount. MAD is a fix non-moving loop. You attached the HK hook to it. The HK hook move left and right. That is it.

        This making more noise is non-sense.

        I don’t know how Afghanistan or ruggedness comes into this debate. However I will said this, it is better to use items that are design as one piece rather than two or more.

      • W

        “QD mount comes in two pieces, the mount and the moving metal swivel. Let me stress moving metal swivel.”

        The mount, which is either attached on a weaver rail,

        http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/Daniel-Defense-Rail-Mount-QD-Sling-Swivel-p/dd-7101%20s.htm

        or integrated into a buttstock or quad rail (vltor stock),

        then the separate piece that holds the sling, which is attached to the mount by locking bearings.

        “Second I don’t know how you get the sling wrap around the remaining metal.”

        Its quite simple. the sling is looped inside the quick detach sling mount. Enough said.

        “Let used your HK hook for example. HK type hooks are made of metal. Now you are attaching a metal part to a moving swivel. The hook will go left and right. While the swivel itself will move up and down that is attached to the QD mount.”

        And the hook still moves around. The noise is nothing to be too concerned about. It is my opinion that the quick detach mount makes less noise because there is less movement. Any movement is dampened by the sling looped around the QD mount.

        “Now lets use the MAD single mount. MAD is a fix non-moving loop. You attached the HK hook to it. The HK hook move left and right. That is it.”

        http://www.missionadapteddesign.com/#

        “This making more noise is non-sense.”

        how is it non sense? there is less movement with the QD mount, thus less noise is made than a hook.

        “I don’t know how Afghanistan or ruggedness comes into this debate. However I will said this, it is better to use items that are design as one piece rather than two or more.”

        It wasn’t a attempt to refute anything, it was a additional FYI. Your hook system is composed of two parts: the sling mount and the attachable loop, two parts. the QD is composed of quick detach mount and lockable sling swivel, two parts. http://vikingtactics.com/slingacc_lpsm.html

  • W

    I am not a fan of wolf hook or single point slings. You have no control over the muzzle part of the weapon, which just dangles and gets in the way when you go hands off (such as breaching, fast roping, or other such duties that require your weapon to be slung). Its worse when you fire the weapon, having a hot barrel danging around. Many people swear by them, I’m not one of those.

    I believe the best idea ever conceived for a sling is a adjustable two-point one. Three point slings are a complicated nightmare that are inadequate for left handed users. Two points are simple, yet can tighten or loosen under a second, and adequately secure the weapon to one’s body. They have advantages for marksmanship as well, the sling can be adjusted to provide support to the shooter.

    I could see the advantages of this design, however. it seems to me like you can rapidly transition from your primary side to support side with relative ease. I really like hook-secure slings, though the ones i worked with are still a 3-point sling system.

    • jdun1911

      Most single point slings can be converted to two points. All my lowers that have collapsible stock have single point mount. Also at least two of my fix stocks have single point mount.

      IMO it’s a good investment to put a signal mount end plate on your AR. I prefer the CQD Rear Sling Mount for those that are interested.

      http://dsgarms.com/ProductInfo/CQD-RSM.aspx

  • michael

    what is the sling used in the first pic as I’ve not seen it before? thx

    • fw226

      I can’t see the full picture, but it’s probably a Magpul MS3.

    • jdun1911

      Yep it’s a Magpul MS3 that use a hook that is made out of plastic and metal. They went cheap on the the most important part of the sling. I don’t recommend it.

      • GregK

        Right – Magpul is staffed by utterly incompetent folks. They did no theory validation, prototyping or testing on the MS3 Paraclip system before they spent $20k on tooling to produce the thing. They just went up and used plastic where they *should* have used metal. ::rolls eyes::

        The bearing connection point on the Paraclip is the metal jaw, so your sling mount won’t be eating into the polymer. Beyond that, the metal jaw also transfers the load into the wide, thick portion of the Paraclip’s polymer body – an area where there is more than enough strength to hold the weight of the system.

        It is a quite brilliant design. I see little/no opportunity for it to possibly fail in even the most harsh practical use.

  • Christopher Anthony Cangemi

    Any bolt-on attachment keeps the stock from closing all the way…clicking in…correct??? Is that a problem??? Just something I noticed….as a noobie….