How To Use The Sling Ding

Since so many people have been asking about the mechanics of Pat McNamara’s Sling Ding, TYR Tactical put this video together.

According to TYR Tactical, “The Sling Ding affords more positions for the operator’s hand than a vertical fore grip, assists in elevating the weapon’s muzzle off the shooting platform, and facilitates a smaller profile when shooting around corners or barricades.” I’d say that Pat does a good job of demonstrating his device in the video.

The Sling Ding is still available for order. From now until Monday, October 21st, Tyr Tactical is offering the Sling Ding for purchase on their website. This will be the only opportunity to get a hold of a Sling Ding until their official release on January 1st, 2014.

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29 Responses to “How To Use The Sling Ding”

  1. mark says:

    But even if this is such a revolutionary concept, why should I buy this from tyr tactical? Why not just buy a section of PVC and do it myself?

    • mitori says:

      Why not make everything yourself?

    • Dan says:

      Because Pat McNamara told you to!

    • SSD says:

      Nothing says you couldn’t. If you’ve got the skills and time to do it, go for it. The same goes for pretty much everything out there. When it comes right down to it, there’s really no reason to pay for anything you can’t make yourself.

  2. Pat Aherne says:

    I love the traffic going by in the background! I can imagine all the calls to the local PD, “Large bearded man with rifle, AHHH!”

    • mike says:

      Obviously you’ve never been in that part of town. You see rigged-up Border Patrol agents wandering around looking like they know they’re about to get into a firefight.

  3. Ed says:

    I picked one of these up from Mac a couple weeks ago, and have been working with it on and off since. It works as advertised; helps add support hand stability when firing from barricaded positions, especially vehicles, where a straight, flat surface might not be available. As a righty, I found that it helps me build my platform when I shoot lefty off of a barricade. Did I get by without it for the last several years? Yep. But, from my experience, it adds a bit more functionality to using your sling to support your firing position around cover. I guess you could build one, but Tyr makes good stuff, and it saves me the hassle.

    Oh, and we’re going to need some of those shirts.

  4. Rob says:


  5. James Taylor says:

    Didn’t BFG just get a “Patent” on a VERY similar item? QR or not, it looks pretty close to this.

    Who’s actually an industry leader in soft goods now a days? Seems like there are a lot of folks piling on quasi good ideas, but no one is actually innovating.

    Just a comment.

  6. Brian says:

    Wow what an incredible idea!!! NOT!

    • Jason says:

      Care to elaborate why you think that?

      • Brian says:

        It is the same thing any PVC pipe will achieve! Not to mention why??? You can do all that resting your hand on a wall or window. If you think adding a piece of PVC pipe over your sling is going to make such a difference then your as much of an idiot as the guy holding an assault weapon in clear view of civilians recording this video!
        I wouldn’t even think of brandishing a M4 while cars are driving 20 yards away!
        Or was that you?

        • Haji says:

          You have no idea who Pat MacNamara is, do you?

        • Jason says:

          1) Nope, unfortunately not me.

          2) Good stuff making a great public impression of your company by bashing other companies and insulting potential customers. Hint: everyone is a potential customer

          3) Try it before you knock it. No seriously, take a rifle out and try to brace it on a wall with your hand. Now try to brace it using the sling and imagine how much it’ll flop around. Now try to imagine a horizontal foregrip you can hold onto to brace the rifle which….becomes part of the sling again when you don’t need it. Magic.

          4) It’s better to try and innovate and fail spectacularly than to never innovate at all. The worst that can happen is you get laughed at and people will bring it up in years to come. The best is….well see for yourself what kinda success TYR and Pat have.

          ps: if you wanna call something out for price gouging or being dumb, at least do it in a mature manner. Saying “wowwww, so incredible! NOT!” makes you sound like a kid.

  7. Chris says:

    I guess it’s one of those have to try it to appreciate it kind of things?

  8. Bill says:

    I guess if it’s in Coyote and someone tells me to buy it, it must be good. Another problem solved that I didnt know I had until something was invented to solve it.

  9. Rocket Fiend says:

    I love hearing about innovative designs as much as the next guy…but this seems to be a fix for a problem we don’t have.

    The shooter, presumably, has to take his hand off the foregrip of his rifle and transition to the gadget on his sling. Why not just use the foregrip or hand guard as another point of contact?

  10. Terry says:

    The bar seems to be set pretty high on this thread for some folks. Nothing wrong with experimenting with it…before deciding if it does or doesn’t work for you.

    As far as how “innovative” or “brilliant” this is, I can’t say. All I know is that it looks like it has utility – at least in some situations – and I sure didn’t think of it first. So I’m going to make one and give it a try.

    • Jason says:

      I feel the same. It’s a bit pricey but it looks like it adds utility without adding any complexity or changing how you shoot normally–when you’re not using it, it’s just a part of the sling.

      People probably said the same thing about AFG’s and handstops–I could make them myself, that’s overpriced, that’s just going to get in the way, etc. If you could, post up a review about it after you get it.

      • davan says:

        Pricey? From a group of soccer dads and accountants that spend $500 on tactical yoga pants because you say some coast guardsman with a beard wore them, this is pricey?

        • Terry says:


          I am neither a soccer dad or an accountant. And I assure you that I would never spend even a dollar on (or be caught dead in) yoga pants.

          I’m just an old SF soldier and shooter who likes to try new things for myself before passing judgment. This item happens to look easy enough to cobble together and experiment with -without spending any money. So why not try it?

          I received a lot of top quality training in my career and still practice as often as time (and ammunition) permits. But I have never gotten to a point where I thought I knew it all.

          I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m learning new and useful things every day. Often I find out first about new stuff on this site.

          And I don’t ever want to get so complacent that I’m not willing to at least consider new techniques or gear. But that is just me.

  11. Chris K says:

    The gripping ability you gain from this item looks to be very beneficial versus using you hand to just support the weapon on something. Worth a look.

  12. Haji says:

    Tyr isn’t overcharging for this. They’re using a top quality QD swivel and Mil Spec webbing. Could you make it yourself? Sure, if you have all the materials and a sewing machine capable of sewing it. If you can, go ahead and make one, and try it out. If you can’t, $30 isn’t too much of an investment in something that may improve your capabilities.

    One thing I know for sure: Pat MacNamara is a hell of a lot better shooter than I am. If he’s using it, based on his ability and where he came from, it bears a look. I don’t think I can take advantage of what it can do, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work and isn’t a great idea.

  13. SSD says:

    I received my Sling Ding today. It’s like a truncheon! I feel like going to beat some hippies.

  14. Ed P. says:

    Where did he pick that shirt up at?