We get asked quite often to help clarify some of the steps in the ordering process. Being that each sling is made to order, we have a *lot* more options generally then other places for something as simple as a sling. Please keep this is a “work in progress”, so if your question isn’t addressed here, please don’t hesitate to toss us an email
Step 1: Weave type.
We currently offer 3 basic weave types, and 1 extended width weave.
We get emails pretty often asking, ” Hey , what the heck is the difference between these?”. Beyond aesthetics, we find the “Standard” weave to be the most comfortable for the most part, with the double cobra coming in a close second. The king cobra, since it is a bit “round” tends to dig in a little bit with heavier rifles. For the average AR/AK, it won’t make much of a difference.
For those running heavier rifles, or for hunting rifles we offer the extra width option in double cobra only. The extra width and slight thickness gives this weave a bit of a padded feel, and the extra half inch helps spread some of the weight.
Step 2: Colors
With the exception of our “Standard” weave, all slings allow for a primary and secondary color choice.
For a KING COBRA sling, the primary color will be the OUTSIDE wrap
For a DOUBLE COBRA sling, the primary color will be the colors to the left and right of the “X” in the middle.
Step 3: Connection Type
Ok, this is where things start to get interesting. First off, every situation is different, so please take that into consideration.
Standard Hook : Your basic, plain Jane snap hook. Probably the best choice for AK pattern rifles, since they don’t bind up in the standard front hand guard retainer, and a good choice for AR-15s that are using standard a2 style webbing loops.
QD / Quick Disconnect : For the most part, almost all “hunting” style rifles with traditional Monte Carlo stocks will use “QD”, or Quick disconnect swivels. We currently use GrovTec 1.25 Black hardware for this option. These are US made connectors.
HK Hooks : These work great with many of the after market AR-15 single point adapters ( like the TAPCO plate we carry ), Magpul RSA rail mounts, and other similar, large loop style mounts. We do NOT recommend these for standard AK front hand guard retainer mounts, as they tend to bind.
Push button Quick Release / QR : These are the newest style of connections we carry, and have become very popular on many of the modern sporting rifles and aftermarket AR-15 hand guards, butt stocks, and single point adapters ( like the IWC QR plate and IWC 45* rail mounts ). We now offer a convertible single point with these attachment points also! These are also made in the US by GrovTec
Step 4: Length
Length is a highly personal choice. The suggested lengths here are *MY* personal preference, so please only use them as a guide. We always suggest that you measure what is comfortable for YOU using either another sling, or a piece of rope to get an idea.
For Hunting Rifles : ~36″, we always suggest adjustable length slings for hunting rifles. If you plan on using the sling to brace for shots, ~45″ tends to work a bit better.
For Shotguns: ~45″ tends to be the most common size.
For AR/AK Style Rifles : 50 – 55″ for low carry, 45-50 for “patrol” carry.
How to Measure for a Single Point Sling :
This is by far the most common question we get asked, and probably the hardest to put into words.
Using a piece of twine or rope, start from the middle of your chest, and run it under your weak side arm about 1-2 ribs above the bottom of your rib cage. Run the twine across your back and over your strong side shoulder, and back to the middle of your chest, and measure the length of the twine. This is the LOOP size for your sling. We make our single point slings with a 10″ adjustable section, which your measurement should be roughly in the middle of your size selection.
IE: You measure and come up with a 43″ loop size, the size option you pick will be 40′-50″. This gives you room to adjust for different clothing and rifles.