Thomas H. Purvis Posted January 21, 2009 Share Posted January 21, 2009 Tom writes: However! I can state with a small amount of authority that it would also be most foolish for any "shooter" to rely upon usage of a carrying strap for shooting stability when one in fact has a built in "bench rest" of cardboard boxes and window sill ledges. And, P.S. For those who know no better, the usage of the sling is primarily for when one fires from a totally unsupported position such as the standing position. Reading too many books and watching too many "RAMBO" movies can lead to one actually believing that the sling is of that much assistance in shooting. It is actually a complete hinderance when operating a bolt action rifle and attempting to rapid fire the weapon. I guess tom Rambo hasn't read the Sniper Handbook, where the sling is used in the kneeling position, ala the 6th Floor Sniper. e. Sling Adjustment The sling helps hold the weapon steady without muscular effort. The more the muscles are used the harder it is to hold the weapon steady. The sling tends to bind the parts of the body used in aiming into a rigid bone brace, requiring less effort than would be necessary if no sling were used. When properly adjusted, the sling permits part of the recoil of the rifle to reabsorbed by the nonfiring arm and hand, removing recoil from the firing shoulder. (1) The sling consists of two different lengths of leather straps joined together by a metal D ring (Figure 2-8). The longer strap is connected to the sling swivel on the rear stud on the forearm of the rifle. The shorter strap is attached to the sling swivel on the buttstock of the rifle. There are two leather loops on the long strap known as keepers. The keepers are used to adjust the tension on the sling. The frogs are hooks that are used to adjust the length of the sling. (2) To adjust the sling, the sniper disconnects the sling from the buttstock swivel. Then, he adjusts the length of the metal D ring that joins the two halves of the sling. He then makes sure it is even with the comb of the stock when attaching the sling to the front swivel (Figure 2-9). (3) The sniper adjusts the length of the sling by placing the frog on the long strap of the sling in the 4th to the 7th set of adjustment holes on the rounded end of the long strap that goes through the sling swivel on the forearm (Figure 2-10). (4) After adjusting the length, the sniper places the weapon on his firing hip and supports the weapon with his firing arm. The sniper turns the sling away from him 90 degrees and inserts his nonfiring arm. (5) The sniper slides the loop in the large section of the sling up the nonfiring arm until it is just below the armpit (Figure 2-11). He then slides both leather keepers down the sling until they bind the loop snugly round the nonfiring arm. (6) The sniper moves his nonfiring hand from the outside of the sling to the inside of the sling between the rifle and the sling. The sniper then grasps the forearm of the weapon, just behind the sling swivel with his nonfiring hand. He forces it outward and away from his body with the nonfiring hand (Figure 2-12). I guess tom Rambo hasn't read the Sniper Handbook, where the sling is used in the kneeling position, ala the 6th Floor Sniper. And, I would guess that not unlike the facts of the assassination of JFK, some persons have not read enough to know the difference between a "shooting sling" and a rifle "carrying strap". http://www.rifleshootermag.com/shooting_tips/sling_0612/ Most advertisements you see for rifle slings actually are for carrying straps, which are not the same thing. A carrying strap allows you to tote your rifle on your shoulder or across your back so that you don't have to bear its heavy weight in your arms. While it's very handy, a carrying strap may cause you to miss shots since you become lazy and have your rifle on your shoulder, rather than in your hands when you need it. A sling is designed to brace yourself for steadier, more accurate shooting. Like snipers, hunters can benefit from slings, not carrying straps. Editors Note: With slight modifications, this column was excerpted from the author's book, THE ULTIMATE SNIPER (Paladin Press, 1993; ========================================= http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=13354 Post #4 If the sling on this rifle was so short I am unsure just how much value that would have to steady the rifle, and further given the very short range of the shots, I am not all all inclined to believe this would even be needed. Mike ============================================================================= Don't like what an obviously qualified USMC trained sniper has to say on the subject either, I see. ==================================================== Although I have little doubts that some "RAMBO", somewheres, has demonstrated his lack of marksmanship knowledge and actually shown up at a rifle range and utilized the sling while also firing from an excellent "bench rest" position, most who have been to the rifle range more than a couple of times recognize the benefit of the bench rest position over any other. Furthermore, "Sling Shooting" is an art of it's own, and anyone who is unfamiliar with the techniques involved is asking for trouble if they think that they can merely attach a "shooting sling" and immediatedly improve their accuracy. So Bill, in event that you do not like the "CORRECT" answers, then by all means be my guest and dive back off down into that rabbit hole. 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