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Magpul MS3 vs MS2 Sling

The long awaited Magpul MS3 Multi Mission Sling System has arrived. The MS3 offers new hardware, sling material and a lighter overall weight compared to the previous Magpul MS2 sling. The same single to two-point sling functionality is there, so is it worth it to upgrade from an MS2 to an MS3? Let’s take a look at the differences to help you decide.

New Hardware
Gone is the outsourced hardware of the MS2 sling. The MS3 features Magpul’s new proprietary hardware, including twin ParaClips made from polymer and metal. The new hardware is lighter and more importantly offers better functionality than the previous generation’s clasps. The MS2 utilized a snap shackle for the single/rear point attachment with a quick release bolt. The MS3’s simpler ParaClip is much easier to get on the gun, and offers a locking function to insure it won’t be inadvertently released. We’ve heard of some MS2 users having problems where the quick release being accidentally caught in a shooter’s gear causing the rifle to break free. Also the MS2 has a piece of paracord attached to the quick release ring that was prone to coming loose. The MS2 sling shown here lost its paracord in a tactical carbine class and was replaced with a zipper pull.

The hardware that attaches back to the MS3 sling in single-point configuration or to the front of your rifle in two-point form is identical to the single/rear point ParaClip. It functions the same as the clasp from the MS2, which also has a locking function albeit not as intuitive to use as the MS3’s. Another improvement is the new polymer attachment ring for single-point configuration.  It’s much larger than the metal D-ring of the MS2, making it easier and faster to switch from two-point to single.

The MS3 sling weighed in at 6.2 ounces, the MS2 at 7.8 ounces.

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New Material and Width
The MS3’s actual sling material has changed from the tubular nylon of the MS2 to a “custom” nylon webbing. It’s also 1.25’’ wide, 0.25’’ wider than the MS2’s sling. Magpul changed the material to make the MS3 less of a magnet to Velcro and for added durability. The MS2’s soft material was prone to fraying. From the few range trips we’ve had with the MS3 it doesn’t seem like it will fray as easily, but we haven’t run it long enough to confirm its durability. We can say Velcro doesn’t stick to it.

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Adjustment Loop
The size of the adjustment loop on the MS3 is almost identical to the MS2, but the stiffer material of the MS3 makes it faster to find. In single-point mode the adjustment loop moves slightly smoother than the MS2 making it easier to tighten or loosen. In two-point configuration when using a rear receiver mount like Magpul’s ASAP,  loosening the MS3 with the adjustment loop is easy just like the MS2. Tightening the MS3 is slightly easier than the MS2, but still not as easy when compared to a dedicated two-point only sling.

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QD Version Coming
In Magpul’s 2012 catalog they’ve have an MS3 QD (Quick Detach) version. The MS3 QD will have the same material and hardware as the regular MS3, but instead of a ParaClip for the single/rear point attachment it will feature a heavy duty push button QD sling swivel. This will give shooters who utilize a QD cup on the rear of their receiver, or on their stock a more streamline mounting option. No ETA is listed for the MS3 QD, but the MSRP will be $57.95 compared to the $49.95 of the standard MS3 Sling.

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All-in-All the MS3 does everything the MS2 does equally if not better. They are both very good single-point sling options, and can be easily converted to a decent two-point sling very quickly. The MS3’s new nylon webbing looks to be a better material choice and the new lockable ParaClips without a doubt provide better functionality. First time sling buyers who are looking for a single-point primarily, with the capability of being occasionally run in two-point form should definitely consider the MS3. For those who already own a MS2 sling, here’s RECOIL’s Editor’s thoughts:

“I’ve run the older Magpul MS2 sling in multiple carbine classes, and it has served me well. I’ve only had a chance to use the MS3 a handful of times at the range, but from that limited time I’m impressed. The added width makes it more comfortable during extended use and the new clasps with the ability to lock the single-point attachment to the rifle are very nice upgrades. It’s time for me to retire my multiple MS2s for the MS3.” – Jerry Tsai, Editor of RECOIL Magazine

Magpul MS3 Sling
Colors: Black and Coyote Brown
MSRP: $49.95
www.magpul.com

QD Version Coming

In Magpul’s 2012 catalog they’ve also shown an MS3 QD (Quick Detach) version. The MS3 QD will have the same material and hardware as the regular MS3 but instead of a ParaClip for the single/rear point attachment it will feature a heavy duty push button QD sling swivel. This will give shooters who utilize a QD cup on the rear of their receiver, or on their stock a more streamline mounting option.