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Old March 23rd, 2012, 06:57 AM   #1
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Sling usage at the range

Dear Forum-members,

I have used the search function.
It would be great, if some experienced shooter could explain me, as a novice to the m1a, the proper usage of a sling on my rifle.
I believe, there are techniques for prone, standing and sitting.
What sort of sling would be recommended?

I really appreciate the knowledge in this board and would like to use it to improve my shooting skills.
Unfortunately, there are no appleseed-programs over here, so I basically have to teach everything myself.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

Oliver

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 07:11 AM   #2
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My sling of choice. http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1...RECISION-SLING

Once its adjusted, just clip the cuff in and shoot. No need to readjust your sling to carry and shoot.

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 07:21 AM   #3
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I use a loop sling for every position except standing. For standing you can use a hasty sling or no sling at all, just make sure you find a good hold to make yourself as stable as possible.

Here is a video on setting up the loop sling:

The loop sling gives support to your shooting position, helping make you more stable.

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Old March 25th, 2012, 11:07 PM   #4
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You may not find a lot of written info on sling use because the fact of the matter is, you will need to work with visual and tactile instruction/instructors.

The video I am posting covers a lot of points, but you must experience the subtlies of Standing, seated and prone yourself.

That said, you do not need any special sling, the standard slings used for M1 Garands, 1903s are pretty much all you need to start with. Its what this individual uses and it is what is taught at Appleseed events.

There is a hasty sling method and I am sure you can do some searching for that, but this shows the detached loop method. Please note that the man cradles the rifle in the forehand, this is a key point. He also makes a good cheek weld too.


Here's some good stuff, but its restricted material, I don't think I should be sharing it! Ha hA. It does show the hasty sling method at the very end. Techniques have changed a bit with prone, usually the rifle leg is bent, not straight, but he rest of the info is still pretty good. There are 3 or 4 videos in this series, this is the 3rd. All are solid starting points.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_650832&src_vid=RxbW4Hwb1T8&v=mh4zt_8tZYM&feature=iv


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Old March 26th, 2012, 02:55 AM   #5
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http://becomingriflemen.wordpress.com/ this is a good starting point.

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Old March 26th, 2012, 03:29 AM   #6
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A big thank you to your contribution. I will study it and come back to this topic.

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Old March 26th, 2012, 04:14 AM   #7
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Try these two links. They are the links that helped me when I started in HP some years ago.
Web sling: http://ray-vin.com/tech/websling/webslinghelp.htm
Leather sling: http://ray-vin.com/tech/slinghelp/slinghelp.htm
Good luck, feel free to email or PM me.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 04:31 AM   #8
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If you have the means, and there is an event near you, I highly recommend attending an appleseed. You will receive solid instruction and practice on using a web sling. It worked for me.

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Old March 26th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #9
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If you have the means, and there is an event near you, I highly recommend attending an appleseed. You will receive solid instruction and practice on using a web sling. It worked for me.
Do they have Appleseeds in Germany?

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This article has excellent photos of how to properly attach both the GI Web (cotton) sling as well as the M1907 leather sling
http://www.illinoishighpower.org/gen...SR%20Sling.pdf

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Old March 26th, 2012, 11:10 AM   #11
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Just copied the PDF-File and other info into a giant text file to study.
That is excellent intel, gents!

@LausDeo - I wish, we would have such events.

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Old April 29th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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My fav sling: Turner Saddlery Biothane 48" NM sling....pure sling porn! :D

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My fav sling: Turner Saddlery Biothane 48" NM sling....pure sling porn! :D

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Though Turner Biothane slings are what I use on my competition rifles, (they are great and have NO slip and NO stretch...)

I really have to say, that sling "porn" would really be a Les Tam. Seriously. Check it out.
www.lestam.com
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Old April 29th, 2012, 02:37 PM   #14
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at the recent gun show, i went up to the booth with the most surplus and asked "do you have a any GI web slings"

he looked at me like i was speaking greek, then i asked 2 more times before i said "AN M1 GARAND SLING"

then he just said no.


So i just bought a repro sling off amazon. It is serviceable.

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Old April 29th, 2012, 04:26 PM   #15
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I don't know for sure if improperly using a sling would help.

I do know that a combination of a good position and proper set up of the sling will help your shooting.

Its hard to talk about how to use the sling without also going through how to "build" the position - a solid, sling supported firing position.

I'm sure there are some good videos on You Tube but I haven't looked at any of them for some time.

Good luck with your journey. Your opinion of your rifle and yourself will change once you realize you can really use that rifle and not just send rounds down range.

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