Turn a Single Point Sling Into A Two Point

Lifeline Warrior Medicine has a very simple technique for retaining your rifle on your back if you only have a single point. You hook the the sling over a vertical grip. It is a clever technique but it only seems to work with a vertical grip. Also the shooter is using what looks like a Magpul MS3 sling. As long as he has a sling point elsewhere on the gun, he could easily switch to a two point as the MS3 sling was designed to do.

Nicholas C

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  • David Johnson

    There’s slso the S&S Precision sling clip which is purpose built to do just that.

  • jbgleason

    We are all going to ignore the fact that he just muzzled everyone in the area….right?

    • Grindstone50k

      Never saw his muzzle point towards the cameraman, who is the only other person we know within the area.

  • big daddy

    I hate single point slings this doesn’t help me.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Good idea and smart improvisation.

    However, why not simply use a proper, fully-adjustable, instantaneously convertible 3-point / 2-point / single-point sling such as FAB Defense’s battle-proven SL-1 or SL-2? I use these on my battle / assault rifles and they work very well after a little practice and familiarization and are also very durable while providing excellent user comfort. With a little shopping around, they can be had for anywhere between $19.99 and $24.99 plus S & H. Best of all, for longer spans between mounting points, especially on full-length rifles, FAB also offers rifle sling adaptors by the pair for $9.00. The other features I really like about the SL-1 and SL-2 is that they use heavy-duty polymer fittings and wrap-around sling attachments, which means that they will not mar your rifle’s finish and are noiseless in deployment, besides being compatible with FAB’s own — and virtually every other manufacturer’s — QD sling swivels.

    • Do people really still use 3-point slings?

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Thanks for catching the typo, Suburban! It should have read as “convertible 2-point / single-point sling”. I’ve corrected it accordingly.

  • Single Point slings are absolutely amazing if you are loaded down with gear, constantly moving in and out of vehicles, or maneuvering over compounds. I think the best single point is one with a clip on it so you can easily detach the rifle, attend to whatever you need to, and then reattach it. If your rifle is slung like that on the battlefield, it’s going to be cumbersome to bring it to bear if you actually need it. Alot of Marines on patrol in Helmand don’t even use their slings, they carry their rifles with the sling simply hanging. This also brings into point the question of maintaining yourself as a hard target. If you always sling your weapon and don’t hold it at the ready, it looks lazy and it looks inviting for the enemy. But if you have it at the ready, whomever is about to shoot at you might think twice because of your aggressive posture. In that regard, Single points, or any type of sling can cause laziness while carrying.

    • valorius

      Agreed: The proper way to carry a rifle is port arms.

    • JSmath

      You missed the point of the video.

      Your point is valid, but completely irrelevant to the purpose/scene at hand. Marines on patrol aren’t administering higher level first aid on wounded friendlies. A medic or anyone taking the time to do similar would benefit from this quick tip, to keep their rifle from slipping down or around while they act. It was never implied or expressed in the video that this temporary solution was for anything other than treating casualties.

      • I think my point is quite valid, unclip the rifle, lay it beside you and treat the casualty. Why do you assume Corpsmen do all the work? They do the majority, but other Marines help them, as well as routinely being first on the scene and getting a guy off the X, as well as for the times when patrols don’t have corpsmen. Line platoons also take Combat Lifesaver courses, as well as the trauma pig shooting. In addition, this guy in the video has a pretty slick flak with almost nothing on it. Corpsmen, and Marines have alot more gear, camelbaks, assault packs, THOR ECMs, 180 rounds (7 magazines), radio pouches, and have kevlars on. Trying to do this technique with that kind of gear is nearly impossible. Which is why unclipping it from the sling or having it unslung in the first place would work better. Personally I clipped my rifle directly to a clip on the chest portion of my flak, it had enough range of motion to shoulder in both directions, and if I was busy with something, it just hung there, directly in front of me. Working on someone, yea the muzzle would be in the dirt, but at least it’s right in front of me at all times.

  • Nicks87

    Was this technique really worth a TFB article? Why not just sling it over the opposite shoulder on your back with the muzzle pointed down?

    • BattleshipGrey

      We wouldn’t want to be overwhelmed with too much information.

    • JSmath

      Throwing your rifle over your shoulder is extremely ineffective in the context of what the video is addressing.

      If you are administering aid, you shouldn’t be wasting extra time and effort to balance your rifle from swaying around on your back. And if what you’re doing (aid wise) is worth half a damn, that is going to happen, hence why the video exists in the first place.

  • valorius

    A wire tie and front sight post accomplish the same thing.

    • JSmath

      And are a lot more permanent and time consuming than what the video shows.

      • valorius

        Thats both good and bad.

  • Manu

    All right guys, I used the same technique years ago when I was still in the army.
    It works ok, as long as you don’t move arround to much with your rifle on the back.
    Any sling on this planet is always a compromise! Two point slings have their downsides as well, but thats another story.
    I used this technique alot but left my rifle on the front, so it was across my chest. I could take notes, navigate or operate my radio while on the move, without having my gun bouncing arround to much. And that way it ‘looked’ as I had my rifle at the ready from a distance.
    But this was all in the german army, so what do I know…