Magpul MS4 Multi-Mission Sling Review
Magpul Single Point Sling
The introduction of the Magpul MS4 Multi-mission sling changed my mind completely regarding the use of a carry strap or sling.
Adopting a Sling.
It took me a few years to adopt a sling system. I didn't originally believe in putting straps onto a rifle because I had been told early on that a carry strap can affect the harmonics of a barrel; if pressure is put on the barrel from a sling or a carry strap it can degrade accuracy. I also didn't like carry straps because I was afraid they would make an operator lazy and that they would be walking around with a slung rifle instead of a rifle at the ready. The third reason was I didn't like the idea of having an operator get tangled in the straps during certain maneuvers. The fourth reason I didn't like carry straps was that they can hang and swing like a pendulum when you are trying to be steady. The fifth reason I didn't like slings were they made it difficult to transition from weak hand to strong hand in certain positions. The sixth reason I didn't like a sling was, when a rifle is slung especially on ones shoulder, it really puts the operator in a position of not having control of his rifle. There are plenty of situations and scenarios where the operator could either have his rifle taken from him, used as a strangling device against him, or simply to have an accident.
With the introduction of the Magpul MS4 Dual QD Multi-Mission Sling, I was impressed that it solved all of my concerns. I have adopted this piece of gear into my system.
The Magpul quickly detachable multi-mission and single point sling solved all my concerns I had reserved for carry straps while adding all the advantages of a carry strap.
Primary Reasons I adopted a sling.
As mentioned in the other section, I didn't prefer slings or carry straps or any unnecessary gear attached to a rifle for a long time. I always felt that shooting was hard enough without extra pendulums destroying my hold among other reasons. However with the introduction of the Magpul multi-mission slings I have realized the benefits.
I have been in a couple situations that have convinced me that there are a few solid reasons to add not just any sling, but quick release, durable single point sling to your system.
The primary reason you want a single point sling is that there will be times, when you simply need to go hands free, and if something happens while your hands free, you don't want your rifle to be left behind if you are forced to evacuate.
The secondary reason you want a sling is that you might experience a malfunction that is not clear-able and you may need to transition to your secondary tools. Again you don't want to leave your primary firearm behind during this exercise.
The other nice part of the Magpul MS4 is that I can detach the sling from the single point configuration and turn it into a two point configuration for Deer and varmint hunting.
There is only one thing that annoys me about this sling system. The attachment that is just above the pistol grip does interfere with my grip sometimes, but I have realized that it's not a show stopper. It's just one of those things you try and get used to.