By Brad West
Magpul is best known for making high quality products at an affordable price. Their wide variety of collapsible stocks, magazines, and back up sights, typically made of polymer, are regarded as some of the best and most widely used in the industry. However, polymer isn't the thing in Magpul's bag of tricks. Introducing the Magpul AR15 Multi-Mission Sling System, or simply the MS3. There are many sling offerings on the market from a variety of manufacturers - from one-point to traditional two-point as well as quick-detach, but the Magpul MS3 design captures all three features into a single high-quality offering.
The MS3 feels hefty in the hand and sports 1.25 inch nylon webbing which Magpul boasts as anti-chaff. On each end are Magpul's patented Symmetrical Paraclip shackles to provide quick release when putting your rifle away or transitioning from single-point to two-point configurations. An additional and useful feature included in the paraclip shackles are cross-bolt lock bars which allow the user to lock the clips into place - preventing any accidental or unwanted detaches. The paraclip levers are made of steel and are case hardened to provide resistance to wear and corrosion and are housed by Magpul's own infamous blend of hardened polymer.
A convenience feature of the MS3 that I have found to be most welcome is the adjustment loop which allows for easy tightening and loosening of tension with a single hand while wearing your rifle in the traditional two-point configuration. However, Magpul isn't the only game in town when it comes to single handed tension adjustments. VTAC amongst others offer their own products with single handed tension adjustments.
What separates the MS3 from similar products on the market is its ability to function as either a one or two point sling. I've found this flexibility to be very convenient during training classes, as you can switch configurations in a matter of seconds with no additional hardware required. To convert to one-point configuration, you simply attach the paraclip on one end of the sling to the polymer hoop located roughly 3/4 of the way down the opposite end of the sling, leaving a single paraclip to attach to your existing quick detach point on your butt stock or behind your castle nut. Though I highly recommend purchasing some D-Ring style quick detach swivels to use with the sling, as the paraclip shackles are a bit too large and do not move as freely as needed when used with standard-size quick detach rings. The larger D-Rings will allow the paraclip shackles to move more freely - preventing unwanted tangling and is really my only complaint with the MS3.
I have owned the MS3 for a couple of months now and have used it in a couple of tactical AR training classes. Overall, the MS3 is no exception when it comes to the quality that I've come to expect from Magpul. It is extremely durable and I have not experienced any accidental detaches to date. Additionally, having worn this sling during a training class in 110 degree Texas summer heat, I can say that the nylon webbing does remain comfortable even when wearing a t-shirt and covered in sweat, dirt, and sunburn. That kind of flexibility and comfort puts this sling on the top of my list for must have items for any AR training class.
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Claim to Fame: Versatility. Easily switch from one-point to two-point configuration with no additional hardware while sporting one-handed tension adjustments in two-point configuration.
Target Market: Tactical AR15 crowd. Anyone looking for a one or two-point sling for their modern sporting rifle.
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)
- One and Two-point sling configuration.
- 1.25 nylon webbing that is treated for comfort and durability.
- Magpul's patented Symmetrical Paraclip Shackle technology leaving extremely durable attachment points.
- One-handed tension adjustments when using two-point configuration.
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available? Available in Black and Coyote Tan
What others are saying? Lock and Load Review
I need it now! Availability: It is available at Brownells.
Our Rating + Extremely versatile. + Great build quality. + Comfortable, even in tough conditions. + Serves as two slings in one.
-Paraclip shackles can get hung up on normal size quick detach rings. -Quick detach rings not included.