The Sidewinder 1 Point Sling is a scaled down version of our Viper 1 Point Sling as well as a scaled up version of our MOUT 1 Point Sling.
Like the Viper Sling, the main portion of the webbing that supports the weight of your weapon across your shoulder is 1.5" wide vs. 1.25" on the MOUT sling. This extra width really helps on heavier weapons such as fully equipped M-4's.
Unlike the Viper sling there is no shock cord. However, the junction point where the sling attaches to the weapon features durable but very flexible tubular webbing that minimizes binding and allows much greater flexibility when cross shoulder transitioning.
As with the Viper Sling, the Sidewinder 1 Point Sling features a second emergency release buckle on the sling loop itself. This gives you the option to disconnect from the weapon and keep the sling on your body, or to disconnect the sling from your body, or both if you're so inclined.
As with the MOUT and Viper Sling, the Sidewinder 1 Point Sling is intended to be used on a weapon with a side receiver sling mount. The Sidewinder 1 Point Sling features a side release buckle assembly that is intended to stay attached to the weapon at all times. The female portion of the side release buckle is permanently attached to the sling itself. With the male portion of the side release buckle attached to the weapon, and the female portion attached to the sling, the sling remains wrapped around the operator's body when the release buckle is disengaged. This is the key feature of this design. If it becomes necessary to unhook the weapon from your body, such as when firing from an unconventional shooting position outside of the capabilities of the sling or something as simple, yet hazardous, as mounting/dismounting a vehicle, there isn't 3 feet of webbing trailing from the weapon. This allows the operator a much greater degree of versatility and safety.
Another important benefit of this design is the ability to wear the sling at all times, without necessarily having the weapon attached. This allows operators to quickly and efficiently lock the weapon onto the sling when deploying on alerts, without having to take any extra time to sling up and adjust. Just grab and go, and lock in when you have the time to do so. This is also a very useful feature for competitive practical shooters. When coming onto, or off of, the firing line, the weapon can be quickly and safely locked in, or disengaged without any wasted time or effort in adjusting the sling. Additionally, with spare buckle assemblies attached to several different weapons, you're guaranteed to have consistent sling fit with each weapon, since only one sling is involved.