The sling for your AK is essential, whether you’re a seasoned tactical shooter or just a visitor to the range.
(If you do visit the range, you’ll see that few people use them. I don’t understand this.)
If I were to think of one item that will improve accuracy and stabilize your shot, this would be it.
There are several varieties available, but my favorite is the two-point sling that offers an excellent combination of carry and comfort both for veteran shooters and beginners.
Depending on how you configure your sling to your rifle, you can carry it in just about any conceivable position, from the low ready to slung over your back.
You can also use it in an over-the-shoulder carry so that your hands are completely free to do other tasks.
There are a plethora of manufacturers, but I really like the two-point BLACKHAWK! Dieter CQD Sling.
Blackhawk has an impeccable reputation when it comes to designing gear for the tactical shooter. The Dieter CQD model sling was designed for BLACKHAWK! by tactical guru Duane Dieter.
The CQD sling is a very sturdy item, constructed with 1.25-inch T-13 webbing, which is wider and more comfortable than standard fare. This item is designed for carrying your rifle either over your shoulder in a muzzle-up carry or muzzle-down carry.
The BLACKHAWK! Dieter CQD Sling differs from standard AK slings because it uses “HK style”, gated snaphooks.
The spring-loaded snaphook is made with heavy-gauge metal, and although it does take some dexterity to attach or remove, it’s very safe.
To secure it to the forward end of your rifle, you’ll need a sling swivel or a wire loop, depending on your rifle’s configuration.
Bottom line: It’s exceedingly comfortable to use.
MSRP is around $44, but you can purchase it for as little as $34.66 on Amazon.com, including shipping.
The new Blue Force Gear Standard AK Sling also is a good bet. Designed by another tactical guru, Larry Vickers, what differentiates this sling from others designed for the AK is a pull tab that allows you to make adjustments on the fly. This option is handy at the range, but if you’re in the field and need to attend to business quickly and without distraction, it’s crucial.
It comes with a loop that utilizes a heat-resistant, non-marring, nylon-coated stainless-steel cable. This is a $25 value alone, so combined with the sling, I think it’s a good deal.
While the pull tab is a modern innovation, this sling has elements of the old and new. For example, the coyote brown-colored nylon strap hearkens back to the old Soviet days.
In addition, the hardware, which is super-durable polymer, matches the famous plum coloring of the old-fashioned Soviet furniture. The apocryphal story is that the Russians actually wanted black furniture, but the factory didn’t get its dye quite right. There are other variations of the story, so believe what you like.
As I’ve been advocating in this book, a great deal has to be said for minimalism and the traditional, military style sling from Arsenal fits this definition. Fit, function, and construction are first class. It’s manufactured from canvas and comes in green with a black, anodized snap hook attachment. I found it easily adjustable and comfortable. If you’re not sure how to attach it, fear not, there’s a video that shows you how. Prices for these slings begin at $10 and go up to about $30 depending on whether the item is imported from Russia or Bulgaria or, whether it’s of nylon or canvas construction. The sling featured in the photo is $17. If you’re not using it with a traditional, wood stock, you may need a swivel sling loop or two to attach it to the rifle.
AK WIKQD Sling Mount
The AK WIKQD sling mount from RazorSix Tactical allows AR-type slings to be adapted to most AK rifles with a quick-detach (QD) system. It’s a very clever design that clamps onto real estate available on the gas block.
According to the company, the mount has been field-tested in combat conditions and has proven to be 100 percent reliable with no failures or accuracy issues. It works on virtually all AK variants, including AKS, AKM, RPK, Israeli and South African Galils.
It does not affect the accuracy or harmonics of the AK. Made from 6061 aluminum, it is anodized black and laser-engraved with the company’s diamond logo. Priced at $40, RazorSix offers a lifetime warranty on the product.
To install it, simply remove the gas tube and nudge the AK WIKQD into position.
I needed to use a screwdriver blade to force the clamp open a bit, which is all it took to slide it into place. You cinch it down with a Philips screw and a little Loctite. There’s a cavity for the QD mount.
I thought the little device worked perfectly. It’s about as forward as you can put a mount, and in my book this was a big plus, because it affords you more muzzle control.