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Old February 27, 2008, 08:38 AM   #1
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Target Sling for AR

I'd like a target sling for my AR-15. I'm thinking something similar to a M1 web sling, except made from black nylon instead of green cotton. I've thought about getting a M1 sling and replacing the cotton with nylon, but everyone seems to be sold out of the M1. I've found a couple possibilities, but it's hard to tell from a crappy picture or 3 word description if they are any good. Has anyone used either of these:

CMP Nylon A2 Sling

Black nylon silent sling

Any other suggestions?
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Old February 27, 2008, 09:15 AM   #2
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bedlamite,

There is a reason that M1 cotton web slings are used by target shooters.... and not the nylon versions.

The cotton web will not slip when you are slung up in a tight position.... nylon will. Not good. Very counter productive to holding hard.

If you are serious about using your sling for target shooting, DON'T use nylon. Serious frustration issues will be forthcoming.

My suggestions.... Either stick with the cotton web M1 sling if that's the type you really want, or go straight to a good (Emphasis on GOOD !!!) leather 1907 sling. The only two sources I know of that make "GOOD" 1907 leathers are Turner and Tam.

Avoid like the plague the cheap leather versions (i.e. anything NOT a Turner or a Tam.). The leather is thin, the frog hooks are too, the keepers on some of them are BUTT SEWN fer cryin' out lout.... One session at the range working up a good tight sitting position and you will bend the hooks, stretch the main strap, rip the holes, and pop the keepers. Ask me how I know.... Good for a carrying strap, not much else.

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Old February 27, 2008, 10:12 AM   #3
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You beat me to it, Swampy.

Why is the M1907 sling not being considered? I am particularly fond of the Turner Biothane synthetics, myself. When Richard Turner first showed me one I was hooked (pun intended), and convinced Fulton Armory to carry them.


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Old February 27, 2008, 10:24 AM   #4
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Slings...

Bed,

I make these....see the AR photos.

http://www.shottist.com/dmsling.htm

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Old February 27, 2008, 05:34 PM   #5
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I've had a few of the leather slings over the years and have been less than impressed, but that biothane sling might just be what I've been looking for. Thanks.
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Old February 27, 2008, 06:08 PM   #6
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Please consider purchasing it from Fulton Armory. After all, I did recommend it .

Thanks.

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Old February 27, 2008, 06:28 PM   #7
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The only problem with that is their shopping cart isn't working.
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Old February 27, 2008, 06:34 PM   #8
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I agree with most of what you have been told so far. Avoid nylon slings, not just because they slip, but because they stretch. As stated by others, it makes it really hard to really sling up tight. I trained with what people sell as M14 slings (green cotton web), not the black nylon ones. You can find them at gunshows for about $5-$10. You will see a few AR shooters on the line with the old leather military M1907 triple-loop slings. They work well, but are a pain to learn to use properly.

"Silent slings" are what we called "parade slings" in the USMC, and are not designed for shooting.
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Old February 27, 2008, 06:40 PM   #9
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I have tried the good 1907 slings but I find the good old GI web sling to be quicker and to use and easier to adjust.

I will never go back to leather.
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Old February 27, 2008, 08:43 PM   #10
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The only problem with that is their shopping cart isn't working.
It's up now...

In the process of upgrading the credit card gateway API (a mandatory change), our ASP managed to take down the entire DX Cart system...and we still don't have the upgrade completed.

Sigh.

The beatings will begin momentarily.

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