Yeah, I hear ya Zippy. I had mixed emotions about the sling, I really like this one but it has so many loops and dangling straps when you aren't actually wearing it. I almost didn't put it on, but then a friend suggested you can double it back on the stock and put a strong rubber band on it. Then it's out of the way until you need it and you can just give it a good pull and the rubber band pops right off.
With the short barrel and the VTAC sling it's very handy and easy to sling in a number of different ways so I'm giving it a chance for now. I went with the padded version because I wasn't familiar with this kind of sling. The non-padded one would be a little lighter I think.
"Which side are we on? We're on the side of the demons, Chief. We're evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go. I'm surprised you didn't know that." --Saul Tigh