Gone Outdoors

How to Install Swivels on Synthetic Stocks

by Jeremiah Blanchard

Carrying your rifle or shotgun can become tiresome on long scouting patrols or extended hunting trips. A weapon with a sling allows the hunter to carry the weapon and still keep his hands free to move away branches or other obstructions. Many weapons have slings and swivels installed, while others do not. If your weapon has a synthetic stock you can install a sling-swivel.

Unload the weapon completely and ensure that the weapon is on "Safe."

Place the weapon upside down in a padded gun vise; point the muzzle in a safe direction.

Mark the bottom of the stock with a pencil 2 inches from the end. The marks should be centered in the butt end of the stock.

Draw marks 2 inches from the muzzle-end of the foregrip. The marks must be centered.

Drill 1/8-inch diameter pilot holes for the swivel stud. Make the hole 75 percent as deep as the swivel-stud stud threading.

Place a drop of plastic glue into the swivel pilot-holes.

Screw in the swivel studs until they are flush against the stock. Turn them by hand until this action becomes hard; use the pliers to turn them until flush. Wipe away any excess glue.Allow the glue to set and dry for 24 hours prior to attaching the sling.

Items you will need
  • Padded gun vise
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1/8-inch diameter
  • Pliers


  • You can purchase sling swivel installation kits or tools. Some of these kits are made to suit specific weapon models.


  • Never attempt maintenance on a loaded weapon.
  • Never assume a weapon is unloaded. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

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