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With so many Magpul slings on the market, it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. These slings are a great way to increase your rifle or shotgun capability while still maintaining the usability of your weapon. Magpul slings come in three different varieties: MS1, MS3, and MS4.

Each sling has its own set of advantages and drawbacks, which might make it more or less appealing in certain circumstances. The best way to find out which one is right for you is by exploring their differences below! The main difference between the slings has to do with their attachment method. All Magpul slings can be converted into a single point sling.

Below, we work our way down starting with the least expensive MS1 sling to the most expensive MS4 sling.

Magpul Slings Explained

They designed for use with the AR-15/M4 and other weapons that have a similar receiver end plate. Magpul designed the Magpul MS slings with one point, two points in mind. The Magpul Sling is great for carrying your rifle hands-free when you need to transition to a secondary weapon or clear obstacles that are nearby. The Magpul MS One Point Sling can

MS1 Slider

MS1 Slider

The Magpul MS1 Slider

All Magpul MS slings have the same function. For fast length changes, the MS series rifle sling uses this slider system. The MS1 slider is based on their MS1 system, which allows for rapid adjustments to lengthen or shorten the sling without slipping after it’s set, with no tails, loops, or other potential snag risks.

 

Magpul Near Infrared (NIR) treatment

One thing that sets Magpul slings apart from other slings on the market is their nylon webbing has been treated with Near Infrared (NIR) technology. This treatment is a special coating applied during the manufacturing process that coats the webbing with special dyes and additives, to reduce natural light reflectivity and also gives it an extra level of light absorption. Light on the battlefield is bad news, and with the addition of NIR technology, Magpul slings make it harder for you to be detected by night vision devices.

Magpul 1-1/4″ Webbing

Their proprietary nylon webbing material, which they state has superior strength and performance over standard mil-spec webbing. Thanks to its high melting point, it won’t deform or melt in extreme heat or cold either. The nylon material is comfortable and wear resistant as well. For extended periods of use or long walks, you won’t have to worry about Magpul slings being too abrasive on your shoulder.

Reinforced Polymer Hardware

MS slings are constructed of high-quality materials, they can take a beating without showing significant wear or harm under adverse situations such as extreme heat or the cold. Magpul opted for polymer over metal because it is more durable and dependable, with reinforced polymer hardware that won’t rust or degrade with time.

Magpul MS1 Sling Hero

Magpul Slings – MS1 Series

Magpul has three slings in the MS1 series: the MS1 Sling – MAG513, the MS1 Padded Sling – MAG545, and the MS1 ODM Sling – MAG939.

This rifle sling is designed with one-point and two-point functionality for quick transitions to a secondary weapon or clearing obstacles nearby. Magpul slings can be adjusted without slipping after they’re set as well as no tails, loops, or other snagging risks.

MS1 Sling – MAG513 MSRP $34.95

The MS1 rifle sling is a great option for those who want an easy to use two-point rifle sling. This gun sling is perhaps the most versatile of Mapul’s sling line up since it allows you to add your own attachments down the road if upgrade your weapon with accessories like gun stocks, handguards, and attachments.

MS1 Sling Specifications

  • Model: MS1
  • Material: Nylon Webbing
  • Length: 48″- 60″
  • Design: Adjustable Two-Point
  • Gun Type: Rifle/Shotgun
  • Hardware: Polymer
  • Weight: 6 oz
  • Width: 1.25″
For detailed instructions on how to run this sling with rifle stocks, handguards, and other upgrades check out their Instructions here.

MS1 Padded Sling – MAG545 MSRP $59.95

The MS1 Padded sling is similar to the original rifle sling, but it features an additional layer of padding for increased user comfort. You may also upgrade this sling to attach any of your own gear or other accessories down the road if you wish to upgrade your weapon with gun stocks, handguards, and attachments.

MS1 Padded Sling Specifications

  • Model: MS1
  • Material: Nylon Webbing
  • Length: 48″- 60″
  • Design: Padded Two-Point
  • Gun Type: Rifle/Shotgun
  • Hardware: Polymer
  • Width: 1.25-1.88″
For detailed instructions on how to run this sling with rifle stocks, gun handguards, and other upgrades check out their Instructions here.

MS1 ODM Sling – MAG939 MSRP $74.95

The MS1 QDM Sling adds Magpul QDM (quick disconnect mount) swivels to one of the most flexible rifle slings on the market. As a heavy-duty replacement for conventional pushbutton swivels.

The Magpul QDM features an innovative low-profile design, singlehanded operation, a superior corrosion-resistant Melonite® finish, and a high-strength freely rotating bale that canalizes sling webbing to minimize rollover.

The MS1 Slider is a dedicated two-point sling platform built around the streamlined MS1 Slider with the versatile Magpul QDM unit.

MS1 QDM Sling Specifications

  • Model: MS1
  • Material: Nylon Webbing
  • Design: Adjustable Two-Point
  • Gun Type: Rifle/Shotgun
  • Hardware: QDM Swivels
  • Width: 1.25″
For detailed instructions on how to run this sling with rifle stocks, gun handguards, and other upgrades check out their Instructions here.

Why does Magpul treat their products with Melonite?

Magpul knows you expect more from their products and they work hard to deliver innovative products that exceed the expectations of gun owners. There’s a reason Magpul rifle slings are made with Melonite treated materials: it is more resistant than standard finishes and meets military requirements for corrosion and wear resistance, even at temperatures as high as 2000 degrees Fahrenheit!

The Melonite process creates a much harder, more uniform surface condition that protects parts, components, and equipment from corrosion (rust), friction, heat, and other wear and tear far better than coatings like nickel or plain old black paint.

In addition to being harder and more wear resistant, when the Melonite process is complete, the parts will have a smooth black finish that is clean and attractive with no need for painting or further finishing treatments.

MS3 Sling Hero

Magpul Slings – MS3 Series

There are two slings in this series: the MS3 Sling GEN2Mag514 and the MS3 Sling GEN2 Single QD – Mag515 (Quick Disconnect).

The MS3 Multi-Mission Sling System was created to provide a wide range of tactical situations and missions with versatile weapon retention. The rapidly convertible MS3 is a standalone product that allows an operator to utilize the agility of one-point attachment for quick action or two-point attachment for steadiness.

This rifle or shotgun sling is a great option if you want an easy solution to switch shoulders and carry your rifle on either side. It’s also super fast with one-hand adjustments that can be done under fire or for tactical operations.

With all the great features of the MS1 sling there is an added feature to this gun sling. It is the MS1 Adapter MAG516/517.

MS3 Sling GEN2 – Mag514 MSRP $49.95

The MS3 Gen 2 has two dual Paraclips. When the sling is converted into a single-point setup, the Paraclip is the first attachment. As a result, there will be Paraclip attachment points on both the front and rear of the weapon.

You might consider this sling for you shotgun owners. The Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 series shotguns especially. Additional accessories can be purchased to give your shotgun a one or two point ability.

MS3 Gen2 Sling Specifications

  • Model: MS3
  • Material: Nylon Webbing
  • Design: Adjustable One-or Two Point
  • Gun Type: Rifle or Shotgun
  • Hardware: Polymer Hardware
  • Width 1.25″
For detailed instructions on how to run this sling with rifle stocks, gun handguards, and other upgrades check out their Instructions here.

MS3 Sling GEN2 Single QD – Mag515 (Quick Disconnect) MSRP $57.95

The MS3 Gen 2 QD has one QD and one Paraclip. When the sling is converted into a single-point setup, the Paraclip is the first attachment. As a result, there will be a Paraclip attachment point on the front and QD on or near the buttstock of the weapon.

This rifle or shotgun sling is a great option if you want an easy solution to switch shoulders and carry your rifle on either side. It’s also super fast with one-hand adjustments that can be done under fire or for tactical operations.

MS3 Gen2 Single QD Sling Specifications

  • Model: MS3
  • Series: Single QD Sling GEN2
  • Material: Nylon Webbing
  • Design: Adjustable One-Two Point
  • Gun Type: Rifle or Shotgun
  • Hardware: QD Swivel/Paraclip
  • Width: 1.25″
For detailed instructions on how to run this sling with rifle stocks, gun handguards, and other upgrades check out their Instructions here.

Ms4 Sling

Magpul Slings – MS4 Series

There are two slings in this series: the MS4 Dual QD Sling GEN2 – Mag518 and the MS4 QDM Sling – Mag953.

The MS4 has specifications identical to that of the standard MS3, but instead of Magpul Paraclips™, it features two heavy-duty push-button QD Sling Swivels, along with a custom steel connection ring to allow one-to-two-point convertibility. This modification allows compatibility with QD sling cups commonly found on lower receivers, receiver end plates, buttstocks, and many low-profile forward QD Sling Mounts.

MS4 Dual QD Sling GEN2 – Mag518 MSRP $59.95

The MS4 retains the structural and functional integrity of the MS3, but it includes two heavy-duty push-button QD Sling Swivels rather than Magpul Paraclips. To enable one to two-point conversion, it has a custom steel connection ring and two hefty-duty push-button QD Sling Swivels.

MS4 Dual QD Sling GEN2 Specifications

  • Model: MS4
  • Series: Dual QD Sling GEN2
  • Material: Nylon Webbing
  • Design: Adjustable One-Two Point
  • Hardware: 2 – QD Swivels
  • Width: 1.25″
For detailed instructions on how to run this sling with rifle stocks, gun handguards, and other upgrades check out their Instructions here.

MS4 QDM Sling – Mag953 MSRP $79.95

The Magpul QDM sling is a heavy-duty replacement for the typical push-button swivel, offering an innovative low-profile design, single-handed manipulation, a superior corrosion-resistant Melonite® finish, and a high-strength, freely rotating bale that canalizes sling webbing to minimize rollover.

This slingshot system, which includes Magpul QDM hardware, offers the strength, speed, and security of a traditional QD sling cup interface on many handguards, lower receivers, receiver end plates, and buttstocks.

MS4 QDM Sling Specifications

  • Model: MS4
  • Series: QDM Sling
  • Material: Nylon Webbing
  • Design: Adjustable One or Two-Point
  • Gun Type: Rifle or Shotgun
  • Hardware: 2 QDM Swivels
  • Width: 1.25″
For detailed instructions on how to run this sling with rifle stocks, gun handguards, and other upgrades check out their Instructions here.

Why Magpul Slings can be a little expensive

You might be wondering why Magpul slings are a little on the expensive side. After all its just a rifle sling. Wrong! If you have bought anything for a lower price and then it proved to be a bad choice because the quality was poor. You probably were not too happy. Always remember that cheaper is not always better.

Magpul slings provide users with superior functionality while also being comfortable for long periods of time.

  • Their high quality design ensure rifle slings are not slipping or falling apart under normal use.
  • Materials are also top-notch for rifle slings that are made to last.
  • Construction that won’t wear down over time.
  • Magpul slings are made in the USA!

The lowdown conclusion on Magpul slings:

Magpul slings are a little bit more expensive than other rifle sling brands, but they’re well worth the price. Not only do they come in a variety of colors and materials, each Magpul sling is durable under normal to extreme use.

The construction will not wear out within its lifetime! There’s no need to worry about Magpul slings slipping or falling apart. They will last a lifetime if treated properly!

Magpul slings are excellent choices for anyone who wants a durable and quality gun sling. This article has gone over all the Magpul sling options, their benefits and uses. Magpul makes rifle slings for all kinds of users as well as a wide range of gun types!

 

Note: The MS2 Sling was a design that preceded the MS3 Sling in the development stage. Magpul tried to get it into production but was unable to due to some parts issues. Read more here.