This is a discussion on Single point slings within the Modern M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; What is the best single point sling to get and why? I have no experience with them, but I've decided to try one with my ...
I was thinking of doing the same thing. There is a guy in PA that makes them. Check out JHW slings. He has a home business and shows up at peddlers row at camp perry each year. I was going to place it on a Mcmillan ADJ M3A. I have a feeling I will be shooting it much more from a bi pod rather than using a sling. I went with a Les tam sling for my Mcmillan M1A stock and a JHW for the M3A. Both are Service rifle match slings. There is another company called Turner Slings, not sure if he makes single point customs. Check out JHW he makes a nise tappered single point sling.
My only experience with them is with two different types.
The first one I tried is from Spector (made in USA ). A good sling, but it has a plastic buckle, don't like plastic. The slings goes around your body with the female part of the buckle attached to it. The male part of the buckle is attached to a loop of sling material which stays on the rifle. I didn't like this part flopping around on the stock when not using the sling. I use a swivel attached to the left side of stock above trigger group.
The second sling I tried was a keeper. A sling from Northeast Tactical Inc. (made in USA ). the one in the picture not on rifle. The sling stays around the truck of your body, but has a metal clasp that clips to the swivel and leaves nothing on the stock flopping around when not in use. It also has sections of bungee like material that acts like a shock absorber.
I went through a few different slings before I found the ones that work for me and this rifle. I don't use the 3 point ( in picture ) anymore, just too much sling material floppin' around and getting in the way when the rifle is not slung on your body.
What works for me is a good ole USGI sling or the NE Tactical single point. HTHS......
I use the Blackhawk CQC single point sling on both my M-4's and love them. They have a little bit of elastic on the ends to absorb some of the shock when you drop them during transition drills.
My M1A; however, has a traditional leather sling on it. Does your M1A have a standard stock? You would obviously have to mod it like the posted photo. In addition, I am not too sure about the handling characteristics of the rifle if you are running a standard stock. I have only used single points on rifles with pistol grip stocks. Someone else will have to chime in on that.
I use a single pint sling on my M4gery, I tried on on my M1A with a CAR type stock abapted to an USGI fiberglass stock. The weapon felt to long to me and the balance was off. I went to a H&K G3 type 3 point sling. I can sling in a traditional manner, or several other options. Handy, after I cut it down to my lenght. I fitted it to me as I don't share my M1A well with others.
Single point with my late Puppy LuLu.
Three point sling, Tri-pod made from an old camera tri-pod that I salvaged.
I have a brand new Vltor EMOD stock that has the sling swivel already placed for a single point sling.
I've seen one model that is padded for long term carry comfort and am considering it, $50 seems like a lot of money for a strip of nylon fashioned in a loop with one buckle on it.....is it just me?
Is the bungee part a real benefit? I'm not sure I'd want the rifle to bounce around when slung for carry on a long hike.
I have the Mk14 EBR sling on mine. It's a three point sling made by Eagle Industries and is quite comfortable with it's 1.5 inch webbing which helps with the 15-20 pound rifle I have. What size is your rifle. 22", 18.5", 16"? I tried a single point for about 5 seconds, the rifle is way too long with a 22" barrel. I like the three point since I can carry the rifle in many different positions with it, even like a backpack for hiking.
I guess worse case is buy one, try it out and of you don't like it sell it in the BX/PX and get a different sling. I used to have a Turner biothane sling but never properly used it since I only wanted it for carrying the rifle. I sold it and got the MK14 EBR sling which is all about carrying. These rifles are pretty long for a single point sling. I think the SOCOM would be about all I'd put on a single point but that's me.