I consider myself critical, picky and hold a high standard when it comes to upgrading or attaching accessories to my AR-15s. The Z-360 Gen2 sling mount by Tactical Link is something I obtained to replace my Magpul ASAP end plate, and I am glad I did (more on why in a little bit). Here’s the scoop on the Tactical Link Z-360 Gen2 sling mount.
The Z-360 Gen2 is a two piece add on sling mount that is made up of both polymer and stainless steel. At the rear of the Z-360, the stainless steel quick detach (QD) point is angled, unlike other sling mounts I have seen. I found that when I had my rifle hanging, while using a single point sling, the angle of the Z-360 QD point assisted with range of motion when manipulating my AR-15’s position.
As I stated earlier, the Z-360 Gen2 is a two piece sling mount but when installed, it almost appears to be one piece. This is because the two pieces come together and match almost perfectly. Having physically used and handled the Z-360 Gen2 sling mount, I did not experience any issues with it snagging or catching on anything. I associate the smooth, streamlined “snag free” shape that the two halves create with how well the Z-360 Gen2 fits together.
After switching to this Z-360 sling mount from my Magpul ASAP end plate, one of the first things I noticed was how quiet it was. For those of you who know what the Magpul ASAP is will know that the “car keys” style “jingle jangle” noise can be annoying. It certainly was for me, and tactically speaking, noise isn’t a good thing.
I found the overall stability of my installed Z-360 Gen2 sling mount to be solid and secure. Even when I tried, I was unable to rotate or move it. Below you will find the installation process that I used.
In my opinion, the absolute best feature of the Z-360 Gen2 is the ease of installation. Installing this sling mount required no disassembly of my AR-15, other than the basic removal of my butt-stock. This means that I did not have to remove my staked castle nut, lower receiver extension or end plate. A feature like this could prove to be beneficial to those who may not necessarily be allowed or able to disassemble their rifle further than basic butt-stock removal. Installing the Z-360 Gen2 only took me a few minutes (if that) from opening the box to placing it on my AR-15. The only tool required a 3/32″ Allen key that was supplied in the box.
Tactical Link offers the Z-360 Gen2 sling mount in a variety of different colors at a retail price of about $60. Overall, I found it to be lightweight, ergonomic, solid fitting, aesthetically appealing and snag-free.
Users who prefer a short length of pull will still be able to achieve that with the Z-360 Gen2, since its low profile allows the butt stock to be almost fully closed. Let’s not forget that it operates almost silently too (no more jingle jangle car keys noises). Most importantly, even with a staked castle nut, no disassembly or special tools are needed to complete the quick installation of this sling mount.
With all things considered, some may find the Z-360 to be a somewhat expensive accessory. I personally feel that you get what you pay for in this case and I will recommend the Z-360 Gen2 to those looking for a top tier QD sling mount.