The strap on an AK is really just a carry strap. A target sling is not connected at the rear. The carry strap can be used as a sling but I have found it can throw you off more than help. For a field gun, the strap should be on because you may have to use both hands. Also its easier to switch to your handgun if you have a way to secure the rifle. The problem I have with the standard sling is that the front snap beats the hell out of the finish. Other than that its OK.