This week’s Osprey component is the single point rifle sling:This rifle sling is made of a hard wearing Cordua nylon and has a ‘T’ bar at one end to fit to the rear shoulder of the wearer’s Osprey body armour:Heavy duty plastic buckles are used to adjust the length:And a tan Fastex fastener is used to allow the rifle to be quickly detached:The plastic fittings on this sling are very robust and well made. A single point sling is a little unusual, but works well with body armour as it does not get caught on pouches and the edges of the armour in the way a conventional sling would, but provides a secure connection to the weapon so if it comes out of the user’s hands it is not going to go anywhere.
The Osprey manual gives detailed instructions on how to attach and use the sling:The following description highlights some of the advantages and disadvantages of the single point sling:
A specialized sling design that permits the shooter to transition to firing from the opposite shoulder. Like the 3-point sling, the single-point sling permits the shooter to drop the weapon and let it hang downward while still attached to their body. This sling design is best suited for short-term tactical use. A single-point sling is only worn in one way, and cannot provide the same degree of long-term anti-fatigue weight support as other slings. The one great advantage of the single point design is that it is very easy to switch from shoulder to shoulder for weak side barricade shooting. Negative attributes of the single point sling include a tendency to make the rifle dangle and hang off the shooter in an inconvenient fashion; it can interfere with the shooter’s movement and hang up on the shooter’s gear.