One thing that’s nice to have on any rifle, is a sling with QD attachment points. They make it easy and fast to attach or detach a sling from a rifle. That’s important for a variety of reasons. In MIL/LE use, you may find yourself fighting over the retention of your weapon, opinions on how to handle that vary, but I subscribe to the ‘Don’t get thrown around by your own gun, give it to them, then give them 3 from your sidearm’ method of dealing with it. QD slings make it easy to separate from the rifle if you need to. Along the same lines, if you are wounded, it may become necessary to separate you from the weapon to render aid, moving a few hundred pounds of dead weight can be troublesome. Now how do you add those to a rifle with an Accuracy International Chassis System? Enter Victor Company QD Sling Adaptors!
The rail is well made and, obviously, includes a non-rotating QD attachment point. That’s a bonus because some QD point’s don’t have the anti-rotation feature machined in and the sling can still spin and tangle on you. Both solutions from Victor Company only allow for a few degrees of movement without letting the sling spin freely. Both are extremely easy to install. Once concern I had was with the Viper Skins and how tough the threaded inserts in the plastic skins were. I wasn’t sure it would support the weight of a heavy tactical rifle without pulling out. I lugged it around for the better part of a week during the 2012 Sniper’s Hide Cup and Train Up and the sling never once gave me cause for concern at the rail attachment point. It was more than secure. The rear piece of the Victor Company QD adaptors being made of steel, is equally robust.
This is a solution for those of us using an AICS chassis for our precision rifle. It is an extremely popular and widespread chassis, so there is no shortage of customers looking for a way to add the QD option to their rifle. Victor Company released a solution in the form of two separate products. One is a short rail that attaches to the front of Victor Company’s Viper Skins, the other is a steel adapter plate that takes the place of the regular AICS sling plate in the rear. I already know what you’re going to ask, and the answer is no, you do not have to buy a set of Viper Skins to make this solution work. The front rail wit the built in QD point does attach to the Viper Skins, however, you can buy the rear sling plate and either use an HK Hook to attach to the front of a stock AICS chassis, or adapt a different solution up front. For example, if you run a BT Industries Atlas Bipod, they sell after market rail kits that attach to the Atlas Spigot which would allow you to add a QD point up front. If you run a Badger IMUNS up front, you can add a rail and a QD adapter. There are ways to do it, but since I already run a set of Viper Skins on my AICS I just went with Victor Company’s Rail for the front.
The rear sling adapter is steel and it attaches the same way as the stock sling mount for HK hooks. It’s a piece of steel that inserts into a slot in the stock and it is held in place by the butt pad and spacers which have two heavy steel screws holding them on. Put simply, it is not going anywhere, and if it does, you have bigger issues to deal with. The components are reasonably priced and if you’ve ever dealt with the owner, Michael Victor, you know he is extremely helpful and easy going. He supports the shooting sport and his products definitely add some flare, features, and adjustments to a very well respected and widespread chassis system. You can also save $5.00 by buying the two mounts as a kit, instead of as separate components!
With regard to durability, I already touched on that a bit. The front rail is more than secure enough to lug around an 18ish pound rifle for a week. The rail itself is made of aluminum and has stood up quite well to use since installation. The rear sling adapter is made from steel and inspires even more confidence with the manner in which it is pinned between the stock and butt spacers and recoil pad. Durability won’t be an issue and if it were, I have every faith Michael Victor would work with you to resolve the issue.
The price for these items is more than fair. It becomes a slightly better value to purchase them together as a kit, rather than as individual components. Truthfully the adapters for your AI chassis will likely run you less than the sling you plan to hook up to them!