When looking for a quality sling for an AR15 type weapon, there are many different sling manufacturers out there. If you are like me and have several AR15’s and want to outfit all of them, this could cost you quite a bit of money. I personally want my slings to perform at a certain level and you must weigh what your rifles are used for. One thing that is always a concern for me, is not sacrificing quality for a cheap/ low cost sling. When I purchase an AR15 or other long gun, one of the first things I think about is getting a quality sling. A sling for your rifle is like a holster for your handgun, you simply must have one if you want to run your carbine effectively. It took me a long time and a lot of trial and error to find a sling that would be my all purpose go to sling. Whenever I buy a rifle, the Gear Sector GS-2P Sling is the first accessory I think about and the GS-2P more than fits the needs.
I have been running Gear Sector slings for over five (5) years now, mainly the GS-2P Sling. The GS-2P has all of the features I look for in a two point sling and some unique features that are Gear Sector specific. One of the main reasons I looked at the GS-2P was the price. For the quality and features the sling provides, at what I consider a very low price point, the GS-2P allows you to outfit several rifles with an extremely good sling.
Sling Function / Features:
The GS-2P is an adjustable two point sling. A two point adjustable sling will do just about everything you need a sling to do, whether you are using it on a Law Enforcement Patrol Rifle, home defense rifle or training/range/fun shooting rifle. I have used the GS-2P slings on duty rifles and on my personal rifles. It is built to allow the user to adjust the slack in/out on the sling for various rifle movements. If you are familiar with the Vickers Sling, the concept is much the same. Adjust the sling to fit with the pull tab portion of the sling all the way out. To release slack in the sling, for a weak side transition, pull the buckle back and release the slack in the sling, then dip your support arm out of the sling and transition the rifle to your weak-side. The sling will remain around the back of your neck. To transition the rifle back to strong side, hook your support arm back through the sling and pull the pull tab portion of the sling picking up all the slack.
One unique thing you notice about the Gear Sector Slings is they are 1” in width. You might think this would make the sling uncomfortable or that it might dig into you but this is not the case. I find the sling to be very smooth and fast. The sling is made out of MIL-W-5625 Tubular nylon webbing, which allows the sling to glide across gear and equipment. I have never had an issue with the GS-2P snagging on anything. The sling hardware is ITW GhillieTex brand hardware and the sling is double box stitched. Another plus about the Gear Sector slings is the nylon construction. This particular nylon can be heated with a lighter to fuse frayed ends. Once you mount the sling adapters you can cut off excess ends and melt/seal the ends. This insures your sling will not fray or unravel.
Modular Weapon Adapter/Accessories:
With the way the GS-2P is built, with quick release buckles at the ends of the sling, you can customize the GS-2P sling to any attachment point on your rifle, using the Gear Sector Modular Weapon Adapters. These adapters are inexpensive and you can pick the adapters to fit the mounts you may already have or want to purchase for your rifle. I have also purchased extra adapters to mount on rifles so I can move the GS-2P from one rifle to another. This allows for one sling to be used with several rifles. You simply use the quick release buckles to remove the main body of the sling from one rifle and snap it onto another.
As you can see in a few of these pictures, I can move the main body of the sling from a 5.56mm rifle to a .22lr rifle, without having to completely un-mount the sling adapter attachments points. Simply leave the adapters hard mounted to the rifles and transition the main body of the sling over. Although I prefer to have a sling for every rifle, this is a way to lower your cost but still use several rifles, until you get the funds to purchase another sling. You can also buy adapters to quickly move the sling to a completely different platform (i.e. an AK variant). Buy a snap hook adapter for your AK and you have one sling that will work with two different rifle systems.
For an AR15 with Mil Spec Stock, I like to use the Gear Sector Stock Adapter. This adapter lines the sling parallel to the bore of the rifle and is very comfortable while transitioning from low ready/patrol carry to the ready/firing position.
For a Magpul MOE, CTR or any other stock with multiple mounting slots, you can just use the supplied standard adapter to mount the sling to the stock. If you have QD points on a stock or rail, you can buy the QD adapters or add QD’s to the standard adapters. Gear Sector also has a full line of picatinny rail mounts and sling endplate mounts, that are specifically made for the Gear Sector 1″ slings. In a few of the pictures in this article, I am using a Gear Sector Rail Mount 1″ Loop in conjunction with KAC rail panels, to mount the GS-2P.
There is nothing not to like about the GS-2P. It will do everything you want an adjustable two point sling to do. In fact, at the low price point and countless adapter mounting options, the GS-2P does it as well and in my opinion better, than most. There are several slings out there that I really like but most of those are pushing twice the cost of the GS-2P. I like to run the GS-2P’s hard and my older GS-2P’s looks just as good as the newer ones I have. I feel a two point adjustable sling is the minimum and in most cases the standard sling for a multipurpose carbine. If you are looking for a sling that will fill your LE Duty rifle, Personal Defense rifle or Range/Training rifle needs, the GS-2P is a sling you should take a long hard look at.