AR15 / “Assault Rifle” Tip: 3 Reasons You NEED A Sling On Your AR15!

Jeff Anderson

When you think about customizing your AR15, the first thing you think of is probably not the sling.

But your choice of sling makes a difference…

…Especially when it comes to home defense, because you might have to be opening doors, carrying your kid, bringing Poopsie the Poodle with you, or whatever.

No matter the situation, at some point your hands are going to be occupied.

You’re going to have to let go of the weapon and then very quickly bring it back up to reengage.

I see guys down at the local range who look like they just stepped off of a Black Hawk helicopter.

They’ve got these high speed, low drag slings.

Is that really what you need?

Do you need a sling at all?

I spoke with my friend Ox about this, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

3 Reasons You NEED A Sling On Your AR15!

AR15 / Assault Rifle Tip: 3 Reasons You Need A Sling On Your Rifle

A lot of the gear you see people using on the range is something they’ve seen on television, in movies, and in magazines.

These setups are mission-specific.

Unless your mission is the same as the mission of the guy in the picture or in the movie, his setup may not work for you.

That’s something you need to consider.

You, do however, need a sling on your rifle, regardless of what you end up choosing.

Here are three reasons why:

#1: It’s A Holster

With a pistol, when you’re not using the pistol you can put it back in the holster.

With a carbine, you don’t want to lay it on the ground.

So your sling acts as a holster.

That could be if you’re rendering first aid to someone or you just need to use your hands for something.

Because of that I’m a big fan of a two point sling.

Two point slings let you quickly adjust the sling from being cinched up against your body tight enough that you can jump and climb and do whatever, to being loose enough that you can switch from shooting right-handed to left-handed without having to put the sling over your head and switch sides.

One modification that you can make to it is to put a Magpul quick release clip on the front attachment point.

What that will allow you to do is, within a second or two, switch from having it be a two point sling to a one point sling.

It gives you the best of both worlds.

#2: It Aids In Retention

A second reason a sling is so vital is for retention.

If you’ve got your carbine slung and somebody tries to grab it from you, it’s not like snatching a pistol from your hands.

It’s wrapped around your body.

You’ve got a couple hundred pounds of mass attached to that gun.

Your attacker has to figure out how to overcome that in order to get control of your weapon.

That’s a huge safety issue.

This is especially true in a home-defense scenario.

A sling makes it harder for the invader to take your weapon and use it against you.

#3: For Long-Range Precision

The third reason a sling is important is that it can be used for long-range precision.

(You may have seen pictures of people doing this.)

You can loop the sling around your arm and up tight against you to create an extra point of contact.

This allows you to brace the weapon against your body for better long-range accuracy.

This isn’t something you’d typically need for home-defense.

In any situation where you’ve got to make a difficult shot, though, a sling will help you do so more accurately.

For these three reasons, you NEED to have a sling on your AR15.

In fact, you really can’t afford not to.

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AK47 / AR15 Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Scope Or Not To Scope?

Home Defense Carbine Rifle: AR And AK For Home Defense - Scope Or No Scope?
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

People LOVE to accessorize their AR-15’s and other carbine-style rifles.

And I get it…

I’m a huge fan of using a carbines for home-defense and I love gizmos (great combination, eh?)

I think I’ve done a pretty good job of not “over-accessorizing” and sticking only with those modifications that will help me protect my family in the middle of the night during a home invasion.

One of those gadgets is a red dot scope because I know I’m not going to necessarily see my iron sights in a low-light scenario (or even in high-light environments in my home’s close-quarters).

But not everyone feels the same as me… and I asked my friend and tactical instructor extraordinaire, Rich Nance, about what he thought about scopes on a home defense carbine.

Here’s a synopsis of why he doesn’t believe in them.

(I’ll be curious to hear your feedback as well — so don’t forget to leave a comment at the bottom.)

The Home Defense Carbine Rifle: Do You REALLY Need A Scope On Your AR-15?

Home Defense Carbine Rifle: AR And AK For Home Defense - Scope Or No Scope?
Home Defense Carbine Rifle: AR And AK For Home Defense – Scope Or No Scope?
Rich Nance | Tactical Firearms Instructor
Rich Nance

When it comes to home defense use of the carbine rifle, one thing many people add (but don’t need) is a scope.

It’s going to make things much more difficult for you, because when you’re close up it can skew your point of aim so dramatically that you could miss what you’re aiming at.

Or it could just be a blurry mess to try to see a close range threat through.

At the very least, it’s going to do something we never really want to do, which is to focus your vision on a very narrow spot.

We refer to that as tunnel vision.

That’s usually not conducive to survival and personal defense.

There are three reasons the home defense carbine doesn’t need a scope.

1. Home Defense Rifles Don’t Need Scopes Because They’re Snag Points

When using a rifle for home defense, you’re using it indoors.

You’re at close quarters, surrounded by things that can get in your way.

You’re already likely to be bumping into things while trying to maneuver around your home with a rifle.

A scope is one more thing that can get snagged on the curtains or the tablecloth, or whatever along the way.

Keep your home-defense rifle streamlined to prevent this from occurring.

For that reason, you might not even want a sling on the rifle, much less a scope.

2. Home Defense Rifles Don’t Need Scopes Because Of The Ranges Involved

Really, have you even considered what a scope is for?

You’ve probably been thinking you need one because all the other cool guys have them on their rifles… but for the distances a home defense rifle will be used, is a scope even necessary?

Most homes aren’t big enough for a scope to be a factor.

When defending your home, you’re shooting at relatively short ranges.

That means a scope is unnecessary… and may even be a liability.

(Read on to find out why.)

3. Home Defense Rifles Don’t Need Scopes Because They’ll Throw Off Your Aim

At close range your point of aim and point of impact are not going to be the same with an AR-15.

Because the sights are about on average two-and-a-half inches above the bore, your round is going to go two-and-a-half inches lower than you think it’s going to go at extreme close quarters.

You need to know that when you go to the range and you shoot at the 50-yard-line, and your point of aim and point of impact are similar, if you’re instead shooting from the five-yard-line your point of aim and point of impact will not be similar.

Again, your round will impact lower than you might anticipate because the muzzle is below the sight.

That’s the same, whether you’re using iron sights or any kind of optic.

Consider all these points before “hanging glass” on a rifle intended for home-defense.

It’s temping to add all kinds of cool accessories.

You should always consider whether you really need them and can use them, however, before you add them.

Keep that in mind.

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