AK-47 Sling & AK-74 Sling


AK-47 Slings and AK-74 Slings are the same. We are not talking about classic mil-surp AK slings, but specifically putting useful modern slings on traditional or tactical AK-47 & AK-74 weapon systems.

Mounting a 2-Point AK-47 Sling to a Krink Type AK

The Blue Force Gear Sling U-Loop has been the gold standard for attaching a sling to the front of the factory handguard AK sling loop. The U-Loop (https://www.blueforcegear.com/uloop) has a a ball and socket style attachment of the cable loop. It is coated with a high heat elastomer that can handle some VERY hot sling loops. We have observed the plastic portion of the U-Loop to get pretty chewed up, but never failed on us personally.

BFG U-Loop

The loose end of The Link rifle sling (https://www.anrkydexholsters.com/product/the-link-anr-sling/) is looped through the U-Loop, and double backed trough the Tri-Glides forward towards the muzzle of the gun. This is our favorite and most secure way to mount a sling to a classic AK-47 sling loop or AK-74 sling loop.

SLR104UR SBR with BFG U-Loop

The factory SBR SLR104UR (Krinkov or Krink) comes with a classic polymer folding stock. If you read our article about the KR-9, we have a NeoMag Sentry Strap (https://www.anrkydexholsters.com/product/sentry-strap-by-neomag/) on the triangle folding stock. You cannot effectively secure a NeoMag Sentry Strap to the polymer side folding stock of a AK74U type weapon system. This is due to the void where the scope mount bracket is on the side of the receiver, fits into the polymer side folding stock. The Link rifle sling is looped through the triangle folding stock factory sling swivel and secured with a double backed loop through the Tri-Glide toward the receiver.

Rear Factory Sling Loop of the SLR104UR or AK74U Side Folding Stock

Mounting 2-Point AK-47 Slings to a Fixed Stock AK

Refer to the above section if you have a traditional sling loop AK-47 or AK-74 setup. There are plenty of modern upgrades for AK-47 and AK-74 weapon systems. Companies like SLR Rifleworks, RS Regulate, Rifle Dynamics, and Russian Zenitco make all sorts of handguards and accessories for the Kalash systems. The SLR Rifleworks Ion M-LOK and Picatinny rail front handguard with QD cups for QD sling swivels. We have a Ranger Green The Link AK sling mounted to a 1.25″ QD sling swivel, looped through the Tri-Glide and forward towards the muzzle to prevent slippage.

QD Sling Swivel mounted into the factory Sling QD cup of the SLR Rilfeworks Rail

The Link AK sling is simply laced through the factory AK sling loop. Reversed back on itself and threaded forward to secure the sling from slippage under hard use. AK-47 slings and AK-74 slings have massive differences between platforms and mounting options; we made The Link AK sling to have an adjustable position shoulder pad. This allows the end user to put the shoulder pad in the most optimal location on various platforms, rather than one large and long shoulder pad (https://www.anrkydexholsters.com/product/the-link-anr-sling/).

Ranger Green The Link Sling mounted to the Factory Sling Loop of the SAM 5 Stock

Accessories for Mounting AK-47 Slings

The Sentry Strap is an elastic that wraps around the handguard or stock and is secured with Velcro with a secondary elastic strap paired with a magnet. There is a magnet sewn into the main elastic that secures to the weapon system. The loose magnet flap holds the folded up sling to the weapon system where you place the Sentry Strap. We stock and sell the NeoMag Sentry Strap at https://www.anrkydexholsters.com/product/sentry-strap-by-neomag/. In this case, the NeoMag Sentry Strap is secured to the receiver side of the handguard, using its magnets to hold The Link AK sling in place. AK-47 or AK-74 handguards often have a larger circumference, compare to an AR-15. This can make it difficult to secure a NeoMag Sentry Strap. The SLR Rifleworks Ion AK Handguard is skinny enough to fit the NeoMag Sentry Strap.

Multicam NeoMag Sentry Strap on the Handguard of the SAM 5

In Closing

AK slings must be dynamic and useful. The Kalash platform of weapon systems is vast and there are many nuances to the designs. Slings need to be adjustable and modular. There are not specific modern slings for the specific models of AK-47 and AK-74. Pick a 2-point AK Sling that best suits your need.

ANR Design The Link AK Sling in Ranger Green with a Ranger Green Link TQ Sleeve.

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