Let me make it clear that I used a Viking Tactical Adjustable Sling for 6 years during my team time and I loved it. The ability to adjust my sling on the go with one hand was HUGE. The only downfall that I felt the sling had been in the connection points as the webbing would rub on metal points on my rifle and fray after a deployment.When the opportunity came down to test out the United States Tactical D2: 2-Point Rapid Fit Sling I was intrigued. I said “What difference does this have from the VTAC sling?” Let me tell you about my experience and my 18B’s experience who I had test the sling during a sniper competition.
First, starting with my issue with the VTAC, the D2 uses HK metal clips that fixed the main issue with the VTAC. There is an option for a put button QD swivel, which I would recommend, as that was the only downfall with the clip. I will get into that in a little bit.
The sling is adjustable from 40”-57” with ease as you can release or tighten down the sling one-handed while your other hand maintains control of your rifle. There is no fiddling with the sling to make adjustments; it is quick, smooth, and efficient. The stitching is high quality and the 1” or 1.25” webbing is cut and heated to keep from fraying. The overall construction of the sling is high quality. It looks like it will last for multiple deployments.
The clips make changing the sling from one weapon system to another quick and easy. This is something that far exceeds the VTAC sling. However, without the swivel the clips lack some nimbleness when maneuvering the weapon around. Not enough to cause an issue but definitely made me wish I had the swivel version.
The only real upgrade I would like to see in the future is a padded version. The VTAC comes in a padded version at the same price point but lacks the HK clip or QD swivel. If the D2 came with a padded version, I would not have any recommendations for changes to make.
If you are debating between a VTAC and the D2 or you are looking for a quality sling, look at the D2 and see how it works for yourself. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed with its construction or capability.
- Rapid resizing with non-slip quick-release slide buckle
- Designed for ambidextrous firearm operation
- Two-point connection with stainless steel HK hooks
- Push-button QD swivel upgrade available
- Quick-release buckle for easy firearm detachment
- Made with 1.25” and 1” webbing
- Sling length is adjustable from 40″ to 57″
Durability 5/5 So far so good!
Overall Rating 23/25
I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.
*The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Spotter Up Magazine, the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site. Our Green Beret writer is an active duty soldier and it was difficult to get images for this article. If we happen to acquire them in the future we will post his loadout in this article. The images above are of Jeff Kyle of United States Tactical
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