6 DIY on How to Attach a Gun Sling to Swivel

A gun sling is a device that attaches to the front of your rifle and offers you additional support when shooting. It also helps reduce how much weight your arms must carry by distributing the weight across both shoulders. In this blog post, we will teach you how to attach a gun sling to a swivel.

Step on Attaching a Gun Sling to Swivel

Step 1. Get a swivel that will fit your sling. The width of the swivel should match how wide your gun sling is designed to be used, and you need one for each end of the rifle.

Step 2. Put on the gun sling as if it was already attached to the swivels. Slip both loops over your head and put them high on your chest.

Step 3. Then, wrap the sling around both shoulders with the left side looped over your right shoulder first, then repeat for the other side. When you are done wrapping it across your shoulders in this order: right arm under the left arm, cross gun to left hand or vice versa depending on how you are handed, and pull the sling to tighten it.

Step 4. If you need more stability or tension for your gun sling, untwist both loops at either end of the swivel (both are twisted), then wrap them around the backside of each loop that is now in front and twist again for a double knot. The knots should be tight enough to give you more stability for your shooting.

Step 5. The sling should be fairly secure and comfortable, but if it’s too loose or not tightened in the right spot. You can also use a bump under the gun’s buttstock, like how they sometimes have one on rifle stocks that are intended to hook onto a belt loop or over the shoulder.

Step 6. Another modification is to use a “sling keeper” which attaches over the front of your gun, hooks under the sling on both sides, and then tightens or loosens with a drawstring for how snug you want it.

Benefits of Attaching a Gun Sling to Swivel

Having a sling will keep the weight of your gun off your shoulder and arm when shooting for extended periods

It gives you better control, recoil management, and stability which can make the difference between hitting or missing an animal. It also helps to prevent muscle fatigue from holding up such heavy equipment all day long.

What is the Gun Sling?

A lightweight length of material that attaches over your shoulder and under the arm opposite from your shooting hand. The other end hooks onto either the forend or buttstock (or in some cases, both) of your rifle.

The sling serves a dual purpose: it helps to hold the weight of your gun steadier and in place, while also giving you some relief by transferring that weight onto one shoulder instead of two.

How to Shoot From Prone Position With Rifle Slung Over Shoulder

Shooting from the prone position is how you steady your rifle against a surface to shoot off of. You should be getting in this position before shooting and it’s best for accuracy to stay there as long as possible.

A gun sling can help with that because it will keep your weapon in place on one shoulder (the opposite arm that holds it) instead of the two that you would use if you were holding your rifle in place with both arms.

In this position, how do you shoot? It’s very simple and easy to adjust for a more accurate shot: just let the sling hang down so it doesn’t interfere with your shooting grip, then pull back on the rifle and hold the trigger down.

If you want to shoot from a standing position, how do you get your sling on? Simple: just use that arm of yours (the one not shooting) to pull it up over your head while still holding onto the gun with the other hand.

Then put your non-shooting arm through it so that it hangs down on the other side of your head, and you can now put that arm through too.

How to Remove a Gun Sling from a Swivel

If you want to remove the sling from your swivel, just do it how you would for a rifle that doesn’t have a swivel: with two hands. Just pull up on both ends of the sling until they come loose from either side of the swivel.

You can also take off an installed gun sling by using your hand to push the buckle inwards until it comes loose from either side of the swivel.

This is how you attach a gun sling to a swivel, and how you remove one as well.

How to Prevent Damage on a Swivel

To prevent damage to your swivel, just do the same thing you would for a gun sling that doesn’t have one: put it on with two hands. Just pull up on both ends of the sling until they come loose from either side of the swivel.

You can also take off an installed gun sling by using your hand to push the buckle inwards until it comes loose from either side of the swivel.

This is how you attach a gun sling to a swivel, and how you remove one as well.