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How to Choose the Correct Rifle Sling


When choosing a rifle sling, we believe that we have two options that will work the best for any shooter. At Flatline Fiber Co., we offer both a padded and standard rifle sling that will easily work with any rifle. Finding the right one might seem like the easiest decision in the world, but there is a lot of thought that should go into choosing the correct one.


Selecting the ideal rifle sling is essential to making sure you have all the necessary tools for success. Opt for a sling that best coordinates with your desired comfort, as well as its intended use. Consider factors such as mounting and adjustment capabilities, attachment points, the purpose of use, stowing potentiality, and overall ease of use when deciding which one meets your needs best.

By highlighting the unique features of our USA-made standard and padded rifle slings, we’ll be able to provide you with an extensive understanding of their characteristics. We will also analyze each sling’s attaching and stowage opportunities in order to give you a comprehensive overview.


In carefully assessing all of these factors, you can be sure to make the best judgment for your rifle, shooting style, and tactical needs. We are confident that either choice will not leave you disappointed when it comes to choosing a top-notch sling!


Standard Rifle Sling

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The standard rifle sling is for the true minimalist at heart. This is for individuals that want a simple, easy-to-use, and easily manipulated sling for their semi-automatic rifle. The standard rifle sling is simple but extremely adjustable for the style and use of the shooter. This nylon sling is made with high quality materials and comes with a lifetime warranty.


The standard rifle sling features a one-inch nylon webbing design that provides its durability while also coming in 11 different color schemes to give a more personalized look to any rifle. It has an ITW ladder lock with a pull tab that makes adjusting the sling a breeze. The standard sling comes open-ended so that the user can attach any type of equipment needed for mounting the sling to the rifle they desire. 


Finally, it offers a longer length for that initial fit. When finish-fit for the needs of the shooter, the excess length can be stowed away with the provided tri-glides.


Our standard rifle sling has a great low profile look that allows the user to free flow the usability of their firearm between neck-less use and freehand use. The sling can be fit on the rifle in a variety of ways that allow the user to personalize their setup for their needs. It even works with rifles with folding stocks!


The standard rifle sling can be mounted and stored on the rifle. This makes it easy to store in a case, gun safe, or in any location where the firearm needs to be accessed quickly without being burdensome. If you have a full gun safe and dislike the extra time it takes to put slings on all your rifles, the standard rifle sling is a perfect fit for stowing a rifle without the worry of the sling getting caught or tangled up with other guns in the safe.


The standard sling is best used for short-term outings of maybe an hour or two. With its minimalist design, it is meant to be versatile and used in a manner of short-term service. It can be used for long days at the range or during long instructional days, but after a long day, the user will start to feel and notice the sling more than with our padded rifle sling.


This sling is recommended for those that want the minimalist features that it offers, who want easy stowability, and shooters that like the flexibility of using between the sling or using their firearm free hand without having to remove the sling at all. At $50 for a lifetime warrantied sling, it’s hard to beat the adjustability, versatility, and durability that the standard rifle sling offers.


Padded Rifle Sling

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The padded rifle sling from Flatline Fiber Co. is a great sling for those looking for versatility in the field while also adding comfort to the feel of their sling on long days. While the padded rifle sling might add more material than the standard rifle sling, minimalists will still find it very useful for their needs while adding some comfort for those long days in the field or at the range for training. 


The padded rifle sling features a one-inch nylon webbing design along with a 1.5-inch 500D Cordura wrapped pad for added user comfort. It comes in a wide range of colors that allows for numerous options of looks and color schemes for that personalized touch to any rifle.


It also comes with an ITW ladder lock with a pull tab that makes adjusting the sling free and easy. The padded sling comes open-ended so the user can attach any type of equipment needed for mounting the sling to the rifle. 


Finally, it offers a longer length for that initial fit so that the user can find the perfect fit without running out of sling. When finally fit for the needs of the shooter, the excess length can be easily stowed away with the provided tri-glides. In many ways, it has all the perks of the standard rifle sling with the added comfort of a pad for those long days of use.


The padded rifle sling is great for those users looking for an all-day type of comfort. It offers good load distribution through the pad and sling, which makes it great for heavier rifles. This is also the go-to sling for those that are going to be wearing and carrying their rifle with them for long periods.


This sling is great for those long days at the range or during training sessions where instruction is the main focus. The padded rifle sling will let you focus on the training instead of worrying about a sling that is digging into your shoulder and neck while taking instruction. 


The padded rifle sling might not be as sleek as the standard rifle sling, but it is still sleek enough to not be gaudy. We recommend not storing this sling in the case with your rifle. Folding it could change the feel of the padded area. It is still sleek and stowable enough to leave on the rifle when storing it in a gun safe. 


Finally, with all the color options available with this sling and the easy on the eyes design, the padded rifle sling will add the functional piece of flare that every rifle owner is looking for in an accessory. With a $64 price tag and a lifetime warranty, the padded rifle sling is the way to go for those looking for functionality with comfort.

Applications and Use Cases of Rifle Slings


When carrying a hunting rifle, you want a comfortable sling that will allow for easy gun maneuverability and the ability to aim quickly. A two point sling with padding is great for hunters because it reduces fatigue through its wide grip and helps make aiming easier by distributing weight evenly across your body. It provides support, stability, and security when traversing rough terrain or standing for long periods of time.

Competitive Shooting

Competitive shooters will benefit most from the standard rifle sling due to its adjustable length and secure fit. With a quick-detach feature and a non-slip design, this sling provides the perfect balance between comfort and stability for those who take part in competitions. Its lightweight construction also helps to ensure that you’re never weighed down by your weapon when taking aim.

Tactical Shooting

Our padded rifle sling is the ideal choice for tactical applications as it provides more cushioning and an ergonomic design. It’s adjustable, so you can find the perfect length, and the wide grip helps to evenly distribute weight for maximum comfort. The padded design also allows shooters to quickly switch shoulders when needed. Additionally, it can be used with a variety of tactical accessories for added convenience and flexibility in the field.

Military and Law Enforcement

The standard rifle sling is the perfect choice for military and law enforcement personnel. Its adjustable length allows you to quickly switch between firing positions, while its secure fit ensures that your weapon stays in place even during intense situations. Additionally, the quick-detach feature lets you remove your weapon with ease when needed. The non-slip construction ensures that your weapon won’t slip or slide while you’re in action.

Use with Body Armor

For those wearing body armor, a padded rifle sling is the best choice. Its ergonomic design helps to evenly distribute weight and reduce fatigue while also providing superior comfort when firing. Additionally, it can be used with a variety of tactical accessories for added mobility in the field.

Mounting and Adjusting

One of the most important things about a sling is how to mount them on a rifle. Sometimes, depending on the attachment style and mounting hardware that comes on a rifle sling, the style and type of rifle sling that can be used are limited. Both the Flatline Fiber Co. standard and padded rifle slings can be adapted to any type of attachment or mounting hardware that is needed.

Mounting Points

Single Point

Single point slings are some of the most popular sling types and can be used with a variety of attachment points. Our standard rifle sling comes with an adapter that will fit any type of single point mount, but our padded rifle sling is designed to work best with the mounting hardware already on your rifle.

Two Point

Two point slings are a great option for those who want more stability and support. The Flatline Fiber standard rifle sling comes with two different attachment points, one on each end, which allows you to adjust the length of the sling depending on how you need it.

Three Point

Three point slings are designed to provide the most stability and support of any sling type. However they can be cumbersome and difficult to adjust properly. The Flatline Fiber standard rifle sling comes with a three point adapter that can be attached to any compatible mount, while the padded rifle sling has adjustable straps that make it easy to adjust the length and tension of the sling.

Mounting Functionality

We highly suggest the use of quick detach hardware that makes attaching and removing the slings quick and easy. The Flatline Fiber Co. offers QD (quick-detach) swivels that can be added to the sling along with QD MLOK mounts that work with MlLOK capable hand guards. These are inexpensive, easy to install, and make using the sling or going without a sling super simple and quick.


These slings are also highly adjustable to allow each user to mount and fit the sling to their needs. We make them comfortable and customized to the needs of the shooter. With an adequate amount of sling length available, they can be adjusted in just about any way someone can think of.


We highly suggest that you try multiple ways of mounting and adjusting your sling to make sure that you get the most comfortable fit. The last thing that should be on your mind is your sling when in a shooting situation. At Flatline Fiber Co. we make our slings so you don’t have to worry about mounting or adjustment limitations.


Stowing your sling is a very important aspect of running your equipment with a sling. There are several ways to stow your firearm. We want to touch on each one of them and how it relates to your sling choice.

In a Safe

The first stowing location is the gun safe. Some like to stow their rifles with the sling attached and some do not. Both the standard and padded rifle slings from Flatline Fiber Co. will easily fit into a gun safe without causing mass confusion and entanglement due to their sleek design and minimalist features. They can also be equipped with QD sling attachments that make it easy to take them off and stow.

In a Gun Case for Transport

The next stowing location is going to be in a gun case to transport the rifle from place to place for use. Depending on the type of case being used, slings can become burdensome and need to be removed before going into a case. 


If you have your firearm in a case frequently, choosing the standard rifle sling will be the best choice. It can be folded up and held in place with a rifle band to keep the sling nice and compact. The padded rifle sling can use the same setup, but the added material of the padded area can make stowing the rifle in a case with it attached a bit difficult. 

Self Defense Positions

Finally, some may stow their rifle in a self-defense position in several different areas, but those areas are oftentimes small, compact, and maybe even out of sight. Having a quick, deployable rifle sling that is easy to stow is a huge must in this situation. Both of the Flatline Fiber Co. rifle slings will fit this mold. Many may opt for the sleeker profile and minimalist design of the standard rifle sling.


Whichever route is chosen, make sure the sling chosen stows away in a way that works best for you.

Making A Decision

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Deciding on a sling might be difficult with the multitude of options out there on the market. At Flatline Fiber Co. we keep it simple while still offering adjustability and durability. With two options, the standard and padded rifle slings offer more than enough versatility for any shooter and their rifle. 


If you are about sleek designs and very simple but highly functional slings, the standard rifle sling is the way to go for any rifle.


If you want more comfort for those long days at the range or in the field without bulkiness, the padded rifle sling is more for you.


Either way, both slings come open-ended. This allows for any attachment style, making it highly adjustable for any shooter. You get to choose your attachment style, and the Flatline Fiber Co. slings will adapt. 


Whatever your choice is, we believe that you can’t go wrong with either one of our rifle slings. No matter what type of rifle you use, what type of shooting you do, or how you store your rifle we have you covered. So grab the Flatline Fiber Co. rifle sling of your choice and be 100% confident that you chose a high-quality USA-made product that fits your needs in any situation.

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