Shooting Sling Tutorial?

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Misfire, May 31, 2008.

  1. Misfire

    Misfire Well-Known Member

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    Can/Will some of you more knowledgeable shooters post a shooting sling tutorial? Preferably, it would include a basic "Military Style" sling with pics and some discussion/explanation of proper hand positioning and sling tension.

    I know a book could be written on the subject but I would like some direction for the use of a shooting sling from basic shooting positions for hunting applications.

    I did do some searching and couldn't find the content I was looking for so if it is out there and I missed it, please post a link.

    Thanks!


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  2. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    I use the heck out of my sling when I'm shooting highpower, tactical stuff or hunting. Here's a link to a short article I posted over on PLRH a while back.

    PrecisionLongRangeHunter

    Also, check out MSgt Owens' sling book at Jim Owens' Jarheadtop.com

    He's got the sling thing down pat. Semper Fi, Guy
     

  3. Misfire

    Misfire Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a million for the links! That is a great article.

    I have a lot of questions but will refer to the book that you have linked above. Once I finish reading it I'll post up any questions that still remain.

    (I actually got a PM from another member suggesting that I direct my sling questions to you. You found this thread before I was able to do so, so to the both of you I say Thanks!)




    Chad

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  4. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    Cool. I enjoy the heck out of sling shooting. Watching a true "high master" long range rifleman work a good bolt match rifle is impressive. I shoot with those guys, and actually did earn my LR high master card, but I'm a long way from the top of the heap. I've also taught sling work to a number of LE/SWAT snipers over the years. Dad taught me how to use a sling. He was a match shooter in his day. The Marines really hammered it into me too. They still know how to shoot a rifle!

    Where I really like the sling is in the field - it gives me another option, and a good one. A few years ago I made a 180 yard shot on a bull elk. Not a long one, but through a smallish "window" in the tree branches. Prone was too low, or I'd have rested the rifle on my backpack. The only thing that would work was a good solid sitting position. I took the few seconds needed to wrap my arm in the Turner sling, got into a good sitting position, steadied down and torched off the 7mm Rem mag.

    The 175 Nosler Partition went where it was supposed to go. The bull took a few faltering steps and that part of the hunt was over. My hunting buddy was ecstatic about the shot, and I admit to being pleased to have had the skill to pull it off.

    If you want an alternative to the traditional sling by Turner, take a hard look at the nylon shooting slings by Mike at Tactical Intervention. Wow - quite a sling! I don't think there's a better shooting aid than Mike's M24 quick-cuff sling.

    Regards, Guy