Slings are an important accessory for your AR-15 and to use one with your rifle, you need a sling mount. A sling mount must be chosen wisely so your slings remain intact and your rifle doesn’t wobble and swing unnecessarily.
Here we’ll be talking about the importance of a swivel mount and their different types. You’ll also learn about some good factors you must look for in a swivel mount before buying. Additionally, we have also reviewed some of the best one-point and two-point sling mounts in the market, to help you with your buying decision.
Quick Comparison Chart of the Best 1 and 2 Point Sling Mounts
1. Viking Tactics VTAC-LUSA Front Sling Adapter
2. Daniel Defense AR-15/M-16 EZ Carbine Sling Mount
3. Magpul RSA Rail Sling Attachment
4. Command Arms ACC AR-15/M-16 One Point Sling Mount
5. Bravo Company Keymod Quick Detachable Sling Mount
6. Brownells AR-15/M-16 A2 Single Point Sling Adapter
7. Midwest Industries AR-15 End Plate Sling Adapter
What Does A Sling Mount Do
As the name suggests, a sling mount is a point for attaching the sling to the rifle. Sling mounts come in a ton of different designs to assist you with the comfort and aesthetics of your AR-15. A sling mount provides you quite a few options to attach your slings. Some probable points where you can mount a sling are:
- Foregrip / Handguard: Can be placed on any of the 4 sides using rails or studs
- Buttstock: In a hole drilled in a complete buttstock or any suitable point on a fancy augmented buttstock.
- Beneath receiver plate: Tapped hole beneath the receiver plate behind the foregrip.
- Receiver extension tube: Slid onto the receiver extension tube further closed with the buttstock.
A sling mount lets you attach your slings and provides stability to your rifle while you move. A good sling mount is durable and will let you quickly change your stance or transition your rifle from a one-point to two-point sling or vice-versa.
You must also remember that there are quite a few different types of slings available on the market. So the number and type of sling mounts compatible with your rifle will vary. Also remember to ensure that any modifications of your AR-15 do not violate any laws, especially after the latest gun safety reforms.
Types of Sling Mounts
As already said, sling mounts come in dozens of different designs, but can be classified into two basic types: the Quick Detach (QD) models and the fixed models. The basic difference between these two is the portability of the sling swivel.
In a standard (fixed) model sling mount, the sling passes through a swivel which is fixed to a particular place. You cannot change your sling from two-point to one-point or vice-versa because of this. Standard sling mounts are comparatively inexpensive compared to QD mounts and are suitable for people who like to stick to their sling type.
On the other hand, a QD mount features a detachable swivel head which can be retracted by simply using the push-button mechanism. The swivel head features a loop through which the sling passes.
You can place multiple QD swivel mounts on your rifle to change your sling type from one-point to two-point or even three point and vice-versa for that matter. This interoperability justifies the price and fame of QD sling mounts among shooters these days.
How To Choose A Sling Mount
Before choosing a sling mount for your AR-15, you must check out the build of your rifle. Sling mounts are to be placed over the handguard and/or the buttstock. Since the AR-15 accepts a lot of customizations, you must first inspect as to what kind of handguard and stock your rifle has.
If your rifle features a Picatinny or Weaver rail type of handguard, you must go for sling mounts that can easily slide upon rails. If your handguard is keymod, you must look for keymod compatible sling mounts. Furthermore, you must also decide what kind of sling mount you will be using (standard/QD) according to your needs and preference.
Increasing or decreasing the number of sling mounts will also allow you to use your rifle in two-point or three-point sling modes and vice versa. Old-fashioned AR-15 handguards might require some gunsmithing or extra adapters, but with a ton of aftermarket accessories on the market, you’ll find a solution for sure.
The other place you’re going to install a sling mount is the stock. There are a ton of different stocks available in the market which vary in function and design. Some stocks feature built-in sling mounts while some don’t. You must first take into consideration the kind of stock you have and if it has any pre-existing sling mount features or attachments. Receiver end plate sling mounts/adapters just work fine with all kinds of buttstocks.
Some people also like to use carabiner clips or triglides to attach their swivels to the buttstock instead of using sling mounts. However, we do not recommended this. Some also like to install the swivel mount at the rearmost end of the stock, but if your AR-15 has a foldable stock, you will be limited to the swivel end plate/loop-type sling mount variants for the stock.
A sling mount must be simple, easy to install/remove, have a good field of movement for the swivel and must hold the sling firmly to prevent any malfunctions.
How Hard Is It To Install Sling Mounts?
Sling Mounts are generally easy to install, however it also depends upon the quality of the mount, the design of the base and your technical skills. Let’s divide this section into the armguard and the stock.
If your AR-15 features a Weaver/Picatinny rail style handguard, you can choose the respective slide-on sling mount models. All you’ll need is a screwdriver/hex wrench to tighten the mount in place over the rail (if there’s a screw on the mount). For keymod armguards, you’ll only need a torx wrench to tighten the screws in place. Both these installations take no more than a couple of minutes even in the hands of a total novice.
For the rear end or stock of the rifle, installing a sling mount takes a bit more time. There are several different ways to install a swivel mount to your stock. The first and easiest one is to use a triglide and the sling loops in a stock to simply pass and loop the sling over. Another method is to install or use a pre-installed QD sling mount in the stock. If you are using an old-fashioned fixed AR-15 stock which doesn’t have taped/pre-drilled holds, you might want to drill one or take your rifle to a gunsmith to do so.
Another good and very reliable way to attach a sling mount is on the receiver end sling attachment plate. It works well even for foldable and fixed AR-15 stocks. You just need to disassemble the rear end (the stock) of the rifle to just slide in the plate over the receivers rear end. Different models favor fixed as well as QD mounts. Installing such plates take around 15-20 minutes and requires only a screwdriver, a rubber hammer and a skilled pair of hands.
Always ensure that you know how to properly disassemble and assemble an AR-15 rifle. If you’re skeptical about it, seek the help of someone who knows it.
Quick Take: Best Sling Mounts for the AR-15
Here are the best 1- and 2-point sling mount options for the AR-15:
- Daniel Defense - AR-15/M16 Ez Carbine Sling Mount
- Command Arms Acc - AR-15/M16 One Point Sling Mount
- Viking Tactics - Vtac-lusa Front Sling Adapter
- Magpul - RSA™ Rail Sling Attachment
Read on to find out why!
Reviews of the Best Two-Point AR-15 Sling Mounts
Let’s have a look at some of the best 2-point sling mounts available for the AR-15.
The LUSA is probably the most diverse sling adapter in this list. It is a 4-in-1 adapter which can be mounted over a Picatinny/Weaver rail using a simple hex wrench or even your survival knife. The adapter accepts QD push button swivel studs, H&K type clip-on swivels, simple Uncle Mike’s-style swivels or you can just simply pass your sling through the loop.
The adapter can be placed either everted or inverted without affecting any functional capabilities. The push button swivels are limited to a 45-degree twist to prevent snagging. The aluminum construction makes it lightweight, durable and weather resistant. The adapter is easy to install and remove and can be used on the armguard for one-, two- and three-point slings.
- 4-in-1 versatile design
- Lightweight aluminum construction
- Easy to install and remove using a hex wrench or knife
- Limited 45 degree rotation for swivel
- Easy to adjust
- We really couldn’t find any; personal preference might lead you against it, but not much else
Magpul is renowned for creating high quality and durable products, and the Magpul RSA is another masterpiece in their line. The RSA sling mount can attach to any MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny or STANAG 4694 handguard. The mount can be placed on either the right or left side and even top and bottom of the rail and is compatible with MS2 clip-on types of sling.
The loop is angled to prevent snagging with any other gear and to prevent wobbling while you move. The mount has been manufactured with premium-grade steel which can withstand up to 300 pounds of stress. The screw on the top end of the mount allows you to tighten it to the rail to prevent any accidental mishaps.
- Easy to install and adjust
- Quality Construction
- Angled Loop to resist snagging
- Price as compared to competitors
Bravo Company has come up with an amazing low-profile quick detachable sling mount for keymod handguards. The mount features an all-steel streamlined design to prevent snagging and to improve mobility. The bearing cups have been cut near the bottom edge of the mount to allow the swivel stud set as deep as possible.
The mount can be tightened over the keymod handguard using two in-built screws to provide a more compact and secure setup. The mount requires three keymod holes for mounting and a torx wrench for installation. The mount is designed to limit the travel of the swivel to 8 specific points. It has a low profile and won’t budge once mounted. It accepts standard push button QD sling swivels.
- Easy to adjust
- Streamlined low profile design
- Value for money
- Might be difficult to install for a novice
- Longer installation time than rail mounts
The Midwest Industries AR-15 end plate sling adapter is manufactured from hard-coat anodized 6061 aluminum which makes it lightweight and durable. The adapter can easily be attached to the receiver end plate of adjustable M4 type buttstocks.
The adapter is ambidextrous, meaning it can be installed for right- or left-handed use. It also includes a QD push-button swivel stud compatible with slings up to 1 ¼ inches in width. It works perfectly well with one-point, two-point and three-point slings. It’s perfect for hunting, self defense and tactical applications.
- Lightweight and durable aluminum body
- Aesthetically pleasing matte black finish
- Quality construction
- Doesn’t interfere with stock’s operation
- Takes time and skill to install
- Relatively high price point
Ambidextrous aluminum mount clamps directly to the receiver extension tube of adjustable stock carbines. Unlike other receiver attachment sling mounts, this mount doesn’t require you to disassemble the stock.
On the contrary, it can be simply bolted to the receiver end. It includes a heavy-duty quick-detach push button swivel which accepts slings upto 1 ¼ inches in width. The adapter features a built-in rotation limiter where the stud can be placed horizontally or vertically to manage swivelling. This mount is Ideal for people and places where modify weapons is prohibited.
- Lightweight aluminum construction
- Quick installation - No need to remove the stock
- Allows modifications without breaking laws
- Built-in rotation limiter to check swivel movement
- Might seem expensive
Reviews of the Best One Point AR-15 Sling Mounts
Now let’s consider the top 1-point sling mounts on the market..
The Daniel Defense EZ carbine sling mount is a great one-point sling mount. The best part of using is that it doesn’t require any modification or disassembly of an adjustable stock for installation. The mount features a QD push-button swivel stud to let you attach your slings easily and quickly.
The mount provides a near-receiver attachment point for a single point sling. The built-in rotation time ensure that the weapon doesn’t swivel much and tangle with other gear.
- Built-in rotation limiter
- QD Push button swivel
- No need to disassemble the stock
This Command Arms sling mount has been made from aluminum and CNC machined to carve precise cuts. This one-point mount is available in two models. One features a push-button QD swivel and the other features loops for using sling webbing or a snap connector.
The mount simply slides over the receiver tube and gets secured in place. It’s suitable for MS2 slings. The mount is durable and ambidextrous, but you need to to reinstall for changing from left to right.
- Durable. Quality construction
- Easy to install
- Ambidextrous at all times
- Nice finish
- Doesn’t fit paraclips
This mount from Brownells has been precision machined from 4140 carbon steel to provide added strength and durability with extra metal on the attachment loop. It’s compatible with rifles featuring the A2 style buttstock.
The adapter fits snugly on the receiver end tube with a spacer and extended buttplate screw. It doesn’t require any permanent alterations to the rifle. It’s designed for using a single-point clip-on sling, mash hook or H&K sling mounting attachment. Just note the model when buying since it is available in both right- and left-handed variants.
- Durable Carbon Steel Construction
- Extra metal on the attachment loop
- Easy to install. Doesn’t require any modifications
- Limited freedom of movement for paraclips
- Fits only A2-style stocks
A sling mount is a tactically intelligent addition to your AR-15. It helps you with managing the slings and swivel movement. Sling mounts can be fixed or QD (Quick Detach) and you can choose either one according to your needs or budget. Different models of sling mounts are fit for different purposes.
Sling mounts are generally easy to install. However you must ensure that you are buying a good quality mount even if it is priced a bit high. Consider what types of slings you use and what use you will be putting your rifle to before buying a sling mount.