How to Install a Leather AK Sling

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How to Install a Leather AK Sling
Learn how to attach a leather sling to an AK-47. (gun sign image by Tammy Mobley from

The AK-47 assault rifle was originally designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the former Soviet Union in 1947. AK-47 stands for Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle Model 1947, or in the Russian dialect, Avtomat Kalashnikova--AK. The rifle is one of the more popular assault weapons in the world, with variant models made in numerous countries including China, Albania, Egypt, Serbia and Bulgaria. Depending on the model, this weapon will have either a short stock, collapsable stock, or standard wood stock and a front sling swivel mount. A standard leather sling can be attached in a universal manner to all variant models of AK-47.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Unload the weapon completely. Remove the magazine and visually inspect the chamber to ensure the weapon is completely unloaded.

  2. 2

    Locate the sling swivel mount on the muzzle. Some models may have had alterations, but this is typically located on the left side of the muzzle. The sling swivel will be recognisable by a swivelling clip.

  3. 3

    Slide one sling strap end into the swivel, and loop the strap back through the keeper located on the sling.

  4. 4

    Locate the sling swivel at the butt-stock. Depending on the type of stock you have, the sling swivel may be located on the side or underneath the stock.

  5. 5

    Slide the sling strap end through the swivel, and loop the strap back through the keeper located on the sling. Slide the tension release buckle--located at the sling centre--toward the butt-stock to tighten the sling, or away from the butt-stock to loosen the sling.

Tips and warnings

  • Never attempt maintenance or accessory adjustments on a loaded weapon.
  • Never point a weapon at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill.

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