Expert's Corner: How to Use a Sling, Part I

How to attach and fit a sling to your body.

Written by Tom Alibrando

The sling can be used as a carry strap, to free up an operator's arms and hands, for maintaining control of the rifle while switching to a sidearm or other weapon system, and can even be used as a shooting aid. The IWI X95™ has five sling attachment points, and while it can accept a wide variety of quick detach slings, today we’ll go over how to take full advantage of the sling we most recommend, the IWI Savvy Sniper Sling.


Attachment Points
The X95 has 5 attachment points; three on the primary side and two on the support side. The attachment point at the rear of the Picatinny rail can be reversed during a conversion.


Attaching the Sling
First, make sure to size your sling and make sure that it integrates with all of your gear. When attaching the sling, ensure that the end with the loop slider is on the support side and accessible with your support side arm. The sliding section should be further down on the weapon’s body. The rear portion of the sling has a single tri-glide buckle that is used for adjustment. The tail portion of the sling should attach on the rear attachment point on the opposite side of the weapon. This will allow the sling to be versatile and to be used in many different scenarios.


Fitting to Your Body Type
If you are a right handed shooter with the X95™, the weapon should lay to the support side of the body. In the event you are wearing a pistol, the rifle will lay on the opposite side allowing clear access to your pistol. Your head and left arm should go through the sling. The support side of the weapon (left side for right handed shooters) should lay across the body. The slider should be all the way forward when making the initial adjustment. The top of the stock should lay across the center of your chest (see image above to the left). If it is too high or low, pull the weapon off and adjust the rear tri-glide until the weapon is at the desired height.

If you are wearing body armor, the sling must be readjusted to have the weapon lay at the proper height. The picture above to the right shows that the weapon is too high and additional length must be added into the sling.


Once the sling is set, it should not interfere with the weapon being presented onto the target. Having the rear attachment point set to the opposite side of the forward attachment point has two distinct advantages:

  • When the weapon lays across the body, the stock is pulled into the shooter, keeping everything relatively compact.

  • When the weapon is transferred from the right shoulder to the left shoulder, the sling does not cut across the neck (see photo above). It also allows the system to be easily transferred from one side to the other.


About Tom Alibrando:
Tom is IWI’s National Law Enforcement Sales Manager. Prior to IWI US, Tom served as a police officer, instructor and special investigations officer with the Prescott (AZ) Police Department for 10 years. He also toured Iraq and Afghanistan, serving with the Department of State/Blackwater in a protective detail, as well as serving as an intelligence specialist, assistant team leader and foreign national trainer. Tom was also the program manager for training for ACADEMI Training Services.

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