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Forward Controls Design Carbine Sling


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Forward Controls Design Carbine Sling

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CSF (Carbine Sling, Forward Controls) is a simple 2 point adjustable sling with typical Forward Controls Design attention to detail.

When creating the CSF, they followed their established project development procedures: define the objectives, develop means to achieve them, early proof of concept prototypes, and weeks and months of tweaking and refinement before it becomes a shipping product.

CSF isn't modeled after or based on any particular sling, though one may say Vickers comes close.  They defined the areas they deemed important and honed in on those.  There are only so many ways to make a 2 point adjustable sling, CSF isn't meant to be ground breaking, it is designed to be a hard use sling that is easy and intuitive to operate.

Here are some CSF highlights:

  • They use a smooth military grade webbing for the sling body, but a slightly different (also military grade) webbing that has a rougher texture for CSF's quick adjustment tab.  FCD prefers the fabric pull tab, as it offers a great deal of surface area, and isn't picky about how a hand grabs it to provide traction.  CSF's quick adjustment tab is always a different color than the body of the sling, so the user can quickly identify it with only his peripheral vision.  This isn't done for looks, colors can be helpful in many ways.
  • A quick detach buckle on the buttstock or rear end of the sling, oriented in a way the buckle won't pinch the user's finger when he uses it to quickly and easily drop the sling.  The quick detach buckle is only on the rear side of the sling, not in front.  When released (carbine in the typical slung position, with the buttstock near the user's shoulder pocket), the rear located quick detach buckle allows the sling to drop free by gravity alone, out of the way of the user, whereas a front located quick detach requires the user to squirm out of the sling.  It's a small thing, they realized the benefit of a rear attached QD buckle and used it all the time, and never the front attached buckle, so a front end QD buckle is omitted altogether.
  • Ample front and rear webbing to allow the user to double back on the triglide buckle for added security for QD swivels attachment.
  • A triglide in the "adjustment loop" of the sling to act as a feed guide.  They tried CSF with and without, it's better with a form of feed guide.
  • Total length of  65" (max length, with 100% slack removed in the adjustment loop), with 11" of quick adjustment range via the pull tab, and additional length adjustability in the rear quick release buckle.  The total length is calculated to be very slightly longer than necessary, but not so long as to require 2 triglides to eliminate a large opening, or loop, created by having too much material on the sling.

CSF is released on a scheduled basis, as each is painstakingly hand made.  From cutting the webbing, sewing with their vintage Bernina sewing machine to final assembly and QC, CSF isn't the fastest and easiest product they have, quite the contrary really.  CSF won't compete with well established slings, nor is it their intention to, it's something they make for their friends and customers because of the persistent sling shortage, with features they like as shooters.

Proudly designed and made in the USA.


  • CSF does not ship with sling swivels.
  • CSF Multicam Black now comes with a black quick adjust pull tab (vs. the older CSF's coyote brown pull tab).
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Product Type Sling
Manufacturer Forward Controls Design

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