AR-15s are versatile weapons, but whether you’re hunting deer or using it for tactical purposes a sling is often one of the most underrated accessories. The sling has several purposes including being able to carry the weapon hands free (ideal if you want to deploy a second weapon) and being able to carry it easier for long periods by being able to put it on your back or sling it over your shoulder.
The best AR-15 sling may not have a lot of features, after all some of the simplest are nothing more than a couple of buckles and some nylon webbing, but that also means that they can do the job without any fuss. So how do you choose an AR-15 Sling?
The Top 19 Best AR-15 Sling Reviews
One of the newest slings on the market, it’s designed for on the go adjustment using the fast loop system.
It’s not a big sling by any means and will only adjust up to 55”.
Made of 1 1/4” Mil-Spec tube webbing it’s been tested to hold a ridiculous 4000lb of weight.
This is some of the strongest webbing available, there’s no doubt.
It works with any 1.25” attachment hardware which is perfect for customizing how you want the fit but can also be attached without additional hardware if your rifle already has a sling swivel.
- 25” Tube Webbing
- Quick Adjustable
The adjustment of this is so effortless you can do it with a single thumb through the fast loop. It’s well made and the company is known for providing excellent (and often personal) customer service with their products. The nylon feels surprisingly soft and doesn’t chafe. These are also pretty reasonably priced slings despite being superior quality.
Once you take it apart it’s a bit hellish to get it back together and many customers have lamented this. There’s several videos online that attempt to address the problem but it’s a good idea to video the process or take pictures as you go so you don’t get lost. There’s also no built in shoulder pad which hampers the comfort.
Troy Industries 2 Point Battle Sling – $XX.xx
With double layered and slightly narrow Mil-Spec Tube webbing this is designed as a streamlined sling.
It has 1/4” of bungee cord on the end to add flexibility when adjusting and makes transitioning much easier.
These only come in black. There’s a solid, reversible shoulder pad that makes this much more comfortable to use and there’s also a unique “emergency strap” that allows you to attach it to your chest for hands free carrying.
It has plastic hardware that won’t scratch your gun and operates quietly.
The webbing narrows on the pull strap so that it’s easier to grasp and uses a tri-glide system to make adjustment smooth and fast.
- 1 1/4” Tubular Nylon Webbing
- Plastic Hardware
A simple and fully adjustable sling that has a large bungee to help minimize the effect of movement while carrying. The shoulder pad is thick enough that you really don’t feel the pressure of the strap on your shoulder. The bungee does its job well and transition is seamless using this sling. The construction is really quite good for something so cheap.
The finishing on the plastic is poor and there are some issues with snags and sharp edges which could damage the strap itself over time. The ends of the webbing are also not finished well and the hard melted tips catch on gear. The instructions are also really poor and you’re better finding videos and such online.
Spec-Ops MAMBA Geronimo Sling – $XX.xx
Desired for close combat this is a three point sling that has built-in elastic so that you’ve got enough stretch for it to be flexible but still sits snug until you need it.
This was the first sling design ever to feature a bungee cord and it uses static to stop the straps getting tangled up.
It’s much easier to transition than two point slings and has a lock to allow you to set a place and keep it there.
There’s no metals or velcro so adjustment is also silent which is great for tactical purposes.
Spec-Ops do a lot of the most popular slings and they put a lot of attention into the detail of their products.
- 1 1/4” Cordura Webbing
- Quiet Hardware
The most noticeable part of a three point sling is that it stays out of the way as well as a single point sling, thought it’s most stable when moving. It has the stability of a 2 point sling but doesn’t hang back to center like a single point would to bump your legs. There’s also a fixed or collapsible sling option in this style.
There’s a lot of straps going on here and it’s easy to get a 3 point sling tangled into gear or hung up.
AEX 1 Point bungee Sling – $XX.xx
For some reason the black is significant;y more expensive than the tan, though the design is the same.
It has a quick release loop though it doesn’t come with the attachment ring which is an extra $2-3.
The strap is adjustable which makes it ideal for a variety of different body shapes up to 64”.
It’s made with heavy nylon webbing that’s only 3.5oz total weight.
The bungee part gives a bit of shock absorption when walking so you don’t feel the rifle smacking into you.
- 5” Nylon Webbing
This is a cheap and affordable sling that is easy to clip on to your rifle – it’s literally a clip to the attachment point and go. It’s a decent but simple sling which is easy to use and can carry the weight of an AR without being uncomfortable. The length is the important part here since you can really stretch it out.
This is not a fancy sling,there’s no padding, the attachment point doesn’t swivel, it’s basic. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad, but merely functional.
A soft and flexible neoprene construction that won’t chafe and will help cushion the weight against your neck.
It has non slip grippers on the neoprene to stop it sliding on your body and a swivel on the attachment points to make transitioning easier.
These are also made of nylon webbing and while it’s not as adjustable as the AEX it’s got a little to let out.
There are several different models of this including the Alaskan which offers loops for storing extra rounds.
This is a two point sling.
- Neoprene Non-slip sleeve
- 1” Nylon Webbing
Another option that’s pretty budget friendly and much more comfortable thanks to that waterproof neoprene sleeve. It’s ideal for walk-and-stalk thanks to the cammo patterns and the neoprene acts as a good shock absorber.
This has a snug fit, which might not be comfortable for some but the padding does make your weapon feel lighter. It feels secure while you’re wearing it and makes carrying much easier.
Not all versions come with the swivels so you’ll have to find those depending on the listing. The top strap can be a bit short since it’s only 5”.
The ammo loops are stretch but they have little rubberized beads (supposedly to hold the ammo in) which means that your ammo is unlikely to fit, they’re already so small too.
The issue is going to be the length of the strap as the longer your attachment and the longer your comfort needs this could get impossibly tight to even wear.
This is a slightly more bells and whistles sling and it’s built to last. The underside is rubberized to stop it from slipping in all weather and to keep it properly positioned.
There’s a stretch bungee area that allows you to adjust easier and quicker when swapping shoulders.
It’s made from 1000D cordura webbing and is rubberized for weatherproofing.
There’s also a large shoulder pad for comfort and the buckles are designed to be quickly adjustable without leaving extra webbing to get snagged.
It also features two ammo loops and a thumb loop to help with secure carry.
- 1000D Cordura Webbing
- Rubberized backing
- Stretch Bungee zone
- Ammo Loops
This has considerably more going on than most slings, and while there aren’t a lot more features the quality and care that has gone into choosing the materials for each individual component.
It’s easy to attach no matter what the weapon. The sticky rubberized fabric is ideal because it can’t tear like neoprene and you don’t have to worry about any sort of glue getting stuck on you. The grip for adjustment on the webbing and tab make it easy to adjust with gloves or cold hands too.
This is not suitable for all attachment points which can be a pain if you want to use it on more than one weapon. The build on this is flawless so there’s really nothing else wrong with it.
A two point sling that works well for hunting and was deigned with military use in mind.
The sling was designed by Delta Operator Larry Vickers and can stand up to a lot thanks to the Cordura, steel military grade polymer construction.
There’s several adjustment points but the end so the webbing are secured so you won’t have to worry bout getting tangles in them. It uses 1 1/4” swivel attachments and is simple to use.
The webbing is bonded with nylon thread and also has Ghillie Tex hardware that helps to reduce the noise the sling makes as well as the felt weight.
There’s also a glow in the dark indicator for use in the dark that is easy to use with gloved hands.
It has a 2” foam pad that can stand up to water and wear and is fixed on the sling to prevent slippage.
- Metal Hardware
- 1 1/4” Cordura Webbing
- Shoulder Pad
- Quick Adjuster
Simple yet effective it’s not quite as padded or foamy as the Butler Creek but it’s still fairly comfortable when compared to the raw webbing of the AEX.
The quick adjuster offers a lot of convenience when going between weapons and transferring positions. This is a much sturdier construction and it’s designed to last on tough terrains. Installation is easy since it clips straight in and the padding definitely helps prevent chaffing from the webbing.
The swivel mount is extra and it already costs more than some of the others. Not coming with the swivel attachment is more annoying than anything else. The strap can be a little stiff and will need to be worked before it fits comfortably.
A simple and versatile two point sling that was designed specifically for collapsible stock weapons.
The sling adjust instantly to allow you to shoot from both shoulders and keeps it close when at rest.
The difference with the VTAC is that it can be adjusted after it’s been attached using the rubber tab which is very useful and makes it much more than a carrying strap.
There’s also elastic bands for easy stowage and metal hardware for durabilty with neoprene covers over the buckles to protect the weapon from getting scratched.
If you don’t want the metal hardware you can get the regular version with plastic polymer for cheaper.
- Metal hardware with neoprene covers
- 1 1/4” webbing
This is one of the most well-known slings and it has a good reputation. No matter how you want the sling positioned this can be adjusted to make it work.
The textured grip makes it easy to adjust and the release is fast and strong so there’s no struggle. The padding makes it comfortable but it’s not as bulky as that of the Blue force Gear.
There’s a webbing attachment included bu no quick release or any others. There’s no way to tuck in the leftover webbing once you adjust the sling and the leftovers can get in the way.
This is one of the most copied slings so it’s important to know your retailer or risk getting a fake with poor quality. You also have to buy the attachment separately so it’s not ready to use.
Admittedly, this is a bit of a gimmick, there’s no real need to wrap your sling in paracord other than for looks.
It does work for storage though and you’ll get 25ft of cord. This is a rather basic sling, and apart from the paracord it’s simple.
The webbing is actually a rot-resistant treated cotton rather than nylon and it comes in two sizes – 1” or 1.25”.
The hardware is made from medical grade plastics which won’t scratch your weapon.
This two point sling that uses the paracord as a cushion for the entire sling, even though there’s also a foam shoulder pad.
- 25ft Paracord
- Cotton sling
- Plastic Hardware
Having a convenient amount of paracord in the field can literally be lifesaving and it also adds grip and width to the sling for comfort. The paracord also takes the place of padding which would make this sling cost extra. It also looks quite smart.
The material isn’t sturdy and it’s not capped on the ends which means it will start to fray pretty quickly. The fibers are melted to prevent the worst of it but this leaves them being hard and somewhat scratchy instead. The plastic is, well plastic, and it’s nowhere near as durable as metal hardware.
A well known brand that offers a sturdy basic here and it’s popular.
This is essentially the basic g sling, it comes in several color options, has basic adjustments straps and is made from a sturdy nylon webbing.
No fuss, nothing more. At double the price of the AEX you’re definitely paying for the brand though.
It’s not quite as long as some of the others and it has two detachable swivels.
The webbing is softer than regular nylon but it’s still fairly heavy so it will take a while to wear through.
It’s easy to adjust
- 1 1/4” webbing
The obvious thing is that this is Magpul quality so it’s dependable, and you know the company stands behind their products. Th strap is wide which makes it feel comfortable and you can adjust it one handed.
There’s enough adjustment that as long as you’re not very broad or very skinny you’ll have plenty of room with it. It’s double layered which also helps with the durability.
Other than not being padded there’s not a lot of things bad about it. It’s basic so if you’re looking for hardware covers, padding and more this isn’t for you.
As the cheapest sling here it’s on par with several of the basics and is a popular choice with budget hunters.
It has simple Mil-Spec webbing and a glider adjustment.
It’s basic but you’re talking about a very cheap sling too that can actually stand up to the task – impressive in itself.
The sling is adjustable and has a locking feature to prevent it slipping accidentally.
A big problem with this sling is people not understanding how to adjust it and thinking that the sling is instantly too short for use.
- Mil-Spec Webbing
- 1 1/4”
- Adjustment Buckle with slide lock
It’s a simple design that does what it’s supposed to. It’s quick to attach but doesn’t have a quick release.
If you catch this on sale you can even pick it up for around $6 which makes it beyond cheap. There’s not a lot to go wrong here, it’s a strap and connectors, that’s it.
It’s really short, if you’re barrel chested or want more strap to be able to have flexible positioning with your weapon you may not have the option.
The max is only 48” which could be too short for your AR depending on your stock. It does adjust but only if you’re “average” sized. It’s not good for tactical use but to sling over the shoulder it functions fine. You’ll also have to order the swivel mounts separate.
A heavy duty Nylon that is tested for up to 250lb of load means this has a lot of survival applications as well as being a humble sling.
It has a bungee and easy release clips.
The hardware is metal for strength and has different mounting options but uses a proprietary clip design that opens and secures using teethed jaws which are much quicker than pull rings and many other clips.
There’s also nylon shrouds to cover the metal hardware and protect your rifle and prevent them from making sound when in use.
The adjustment loop allows for instant changes in position.
- Heavy Nylon
- Nylon Sleeves for metal hardware
- Quick Release Jaws
- Swivel Clips
The sling is pretty secure, and you’ll probably never need that 250lb weight limit. The waterproof nylon helps to keep it from slipping in poor weather.
It’s another of the cheapest slings but the construction is still decent. It’s quick to attach and the elastic portion is useful for keeping your rifle in place while walking or moving with another weapon.
The nylon has a tendency to fray and you’ll need to melt or secure the ends to stop it coming apart quickly. The strap has no cushioning which can be uncomfortable and cause it to press on the shoulder.
The clasps are also somewhat limited in diameter and some larger sling attachments won’t fit.
A solid sling that uses a familiar 80mm Steel D ring to attach.
There’s a 5-12” quick adjust on the strap and it has a lifetime guarantee.
This is designed to be able to attach the weapon to a MOLLE set as well as be used as a simple sling which makes it an attractive feature for someone carrying multiple weapons who may want to be able to swap the sling between them in the field.
There’s a KH snap for the quick adjust strap too.
This is ideal for someone who doesn’t like cross body carry because it attaches to the MOLLE instead and works great on a short AR.
- MOLLE Attachment
- D rings
This is a very interesting solution for someone who likes the idea of a sling but doesn’t want all the features. It has to be used with a compatible chest rig but it flows perfectly.
The mechanism is smooth and doesn’t give the strap any play. It’s a rather innovative solution and it’s not too complex to adjust either and still gives you enough room that it’s unlikely you’ll say it’s too short.
Doesn’t come with the attachment points other than the D ring which also does not swivel so you’ll have to buy an additional ring which may then clink against the metal of the D ring and stop it being suitable for quiet tactical engagement.
The buckle is plain plastic and this is probably the biggest weak point of all.
Condor Speedy 2 Point Sling – $XX.xx
Another simple design however this has a pull tab for quick adjustments much lie the more expensive Spec-Ops versions.
If you like their concepts but are willing to sacrifice some padding to get it for about half price these are certainly close.
The strap has a combination of pull tabs and slide releases for quick adjustment and Duraflex buckles.
It’s made of standard 1 1/4” webbing and it has a very long strap, something that might be problematic if you’re not using it for field operation.
- 1 1/4” webbing
- Instant release
- Slide adjustment
The adjust is very easy to use and the dual quick release buckles are convenient. It holds solid when moving and can also be adjusted to be used like a sling that has QD attachments. You can also attach this without any sling adapters on some weapons.
The strap is long. Very long. You may end up cutting some off it’s so long and this hampers how easy it is to use. It’s not the most comfortable since it’s just webbing and no padding.
A three point sling that provides solid attachment through 1.5” webbing and molded hardware.
These are popular worldwide and built to take a lot of abuse. This is designed specifically for AR rifles, but it can be used on others too.
The webbing is a combination nylon and polypropylene which helps distribute the weight evenly.
These were designed by SWAT operators and are fully functional for long carry.
There’s a lifetime guarantee too if you break it and if you order direct from the company they will also tailor the sling to fit any weapon free of charge. .
- 25” Webbing
A good quality product that easily compares to their other slings in both construction and design. These will hold up to rugged use and are versatile enough for most shooters. It’s easy to adjust and the hardware is a solid plastic that seems sturdy.
The only downside to this sling is that there’s no padding and if you’re planning on carrying for a while this can get sore on your shoulders and neck. It’s comfortable enough, but this would make it that much better.
On the higher end of the price range this is built like the VTAC and has a quality feel to it.
It’s one hand adjustable and uses high strength CAM buckles as well as a quick adjustment strap.
The transit is pretty fast and the adjustment seamless. It’s also got a wide shoulder pad for comfort and adapters for different weapons.
It’s fully adjustable even while being word and can be converted between 1 and 2 point use.
Plus it has one of the longest straps at 79”.
- 1 1/4” webbing
- Plastic Hardware
- Long strap
With plastic hardware like the VCAS it’s ideal for quiet carry, though lacking the durability of the steel VTAC buckles. The sliding adjustment mechanism is quite similar to VTAC too, but the similarities end there.
The padding is much more substantial than Magpul and the seams seem pretty tough. The adjustment stays put and doesn’t creep when moving either.
The strap is again ridiculously long and you’ll have a massive length dangling or end up cutting it off. There’s no way to secure it which means if you’re not careful you’ll lose that conversion option by making the strap too short for both positions.
There’s also no reinforcement on the stitching. There’s no swivel mounts either and the strap is a bit wide to force into most.
Zengi 2 Point Rifle Sling – $XX.xx
A budget sling with dual bungee ends and extra wide 1 1/2” webbing.
It has large clips which are ideal for attaching swivel mounts and can carry up to 250lb of weight.
You can adjust the clip on this to fit forwards or back within seconds which is very convenient for converting it for different types of carry – shoulder etc.
- 1 1/2” webbing
- Metal Hardware
The bungee do a lot to make this comfortable to carry and it’s easy to adjust. The price is reasonable and it’s a functional design that isn’t too long or short.
It does everything that slings double the price do and can convert between 1 and 2 point attachment. It’s pretty smart looking too.
The metal hardware is nice but it doesn’t have any protective covering which means it’s free to scratch up your weapon. Also not all of the hardware is metal, some parts is plastic which is a weak point and even the metal itself isn’t great quality.
The QD clips could also be wider. There’s also no shoulder pad which significantly hampers the comfort of the sling.
Tactical Hero 2 point BDS 2×2 sling – $XX.xx
A design that can rival those twice the price it fits any weapon and includes two straps and two sets of HK clips which also come with elastic covers to protect your gun from getting scratched and stops the hook opening on accident if it catches.
It’s made of strong nylon 1.15” webbing and is adjustable up to 56” and will fit a variety of preferences.
The shoulder pad is removable and the strap itself can be adjusted quickly.
It’s also backed by a lifetime guarantee similar to that of the Slingmaster.
- 15” Nylon Webbing
- Quick Adjustment Straps
The clips are removable which means you can choose to use them with your AR or not,and allows you to attach it to other weapons.
The elastic works well to keep it attached when moving through brush that might otherwise tear the clip open, though the longevity of the elastic might not be great. It’s comfortable with or without the shoulder pad and has 3 points of adjustment.
The quick adjustment requires quite a bit of force to adjust and is nowhere near as smooth as the Spec-Ops system. The hardware is plastic, but it’s not reinforced so it will likely break with rough treatment.
The shoulder pad slides freely which means it often doesn’t stay properly in place.
At the same price as the STI this is a similar style sling but it’s also got the attachment hooks included.
These are metal and also include a steel release clip and sliders though other parts are polymer composite.
Adjustment is done with a simple pull strap that makes this impossible to get confused with.
It’s made of chafe resistant 1.18” nylon webbing. There’s a shoulder pad for comfort which also has grip material on the underside to help it stay in place and prevent it slipping down.
It extends a significant 70” and will hold position no matter where it’s adjusted to.
The extra strap also tucks back in so you don’t have to worry about it hanging down and getting in the way.
- 18” Nylon Webbing
- Shoulder Pad
- Quick Adjust Loop
Made of good materials it certainly feels durable in comparison to other slings that are priced this low. The silencer covers on the clasp are an added bonus you wouldn’t normally expect at this price range.
It can also be adjusted to be used as a single point sling which, while not advertised as such, makes this more of a convertible than a 2 point sling. It’s easy to adjust and stays in place like it’s supposed to.
There really isn’t a whole lot to say about this sling that’s bad. It’s functional and durable enough to suit most needs and still has several color options.
If you wanted to be picky about some of the hardware being plastic maybe but that’s really it.
First, slings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most common are one, two and three point slings. Some of these are also convertible between more than one style which is convenient if you plan on using the sling on more than one weapon or want extra options in how to carry it.
On top of this your sling is going to have different attachment options. A single point sling attaches at the stock and is convenient because it will hold your gun to the ground, a useful safety feature, when not in use but allows you to quickly swing it up into position when needed. The two point sling allows you flexibility in how and where you can carry it on your body but can be difficult to transition to your non dominant side with. A three point sling is similar to the two point but the strap runs along the side of the weapon as well for extra stability and to stop the extra strap getting caught.
Other options you might find on slings include ammo straps, quick release buckles, padding, hardware covers, and different strengths of webbing. It really depends just how durable and how accessorized you want your sling, as they all can do a good job of carrying your weapon.
Choosing the best AR-15 Sling is very dependent on your preferences and what you want to use it for. Most single point slings aren’t great for tactical deployment and not everyone likes to feel the weapon bouncing around in the center as they move. Similarly some find three point attachments fussy and unnecessary.
The sling also depends on the build of your weapon and what attachment points it has or that you want. While the sling is essentially nothing more than a webbing strap there’s a lot of smaller options there that do many a difference. Slings are not expensive pieces of equipment by any means, and many “budget” models are impressive for costing so little.
This list should give you some idea of the features that are out there, and what sort of things you want to look for. Don’t be scared away from the cheaper, lesser known brands as they can still produce a product that functions well without the brand name markup.