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Old January 18th, 2019, 08:29 AM   #16
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Meh, I'll get a green USGI off of Amazon and see how it works. Not a lot of denaro's anyway.

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Old January 18th, 2019, 08:29 AM   #17
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Gents,

While the web or nylon slings are very utilitarian nothing beats the look, feel, or usefulness of a good leather match sling, IMHO.

Recently bought several Ron Brown slings and they are top notch. Highly recommended, as are Turner and Les Tam slings.

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Old January 18th, 2019, 08:34 AM   #18
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While the web or nylon slings are very utilitarian nothing beats the look, feel, or usefulness of a good leather match sling, IMHO.

Recently bought several Ron Brown slings and they are top notch. Highly recommended, as are Turner and Les Tam slings.

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Good point.

I'll get nylon for the plastic and leather for the wood stock. ;)

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Old January 18th, 2019, 11:58 AM   #19
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Is it just me, or is the M14 a particularly uncomfortable rifle to carry slung while hiking at a good pace? I've tried a bunch of different slings, settled on a Turner Biothane as what works best for me as a shooting sling, but nothing I've tried yet is satisfactory as a field carry sling.
It isn't just you. "Soldier of Fortune" magazine had articles on the M1As in the late 1970's. One of the pictures showed the author carrying his M1A with his recommended "two sling" approach. He used two slings, one on each shoulder as in a harness when carrying the rifle long distances.

That article is somewhere around here but I wouldn't know how to get the picture posted even if I found it. Maybe some of the computer whiz bangs could find it and post it. Since "S.O.F." magazine is out of print and the article is from 1979 ->1980, there shouldn't be any copyright violations and such.

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Old January 18th, 2019, 04:56 PM   #20
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I have a TAB gear sling for my bolt guns. Great product.
Is that the biathelon type harness? How well does that work as a shooting sling? Does that work with stock 2-point swivel locations or does it need special hardware?

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Old January 18th, 2019, 05:27 PM   #21
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Maybe some of the computer whiz bangs could find it and post it. Since "S.O.F." magazine is out of print and the article is from 1979 ->1980
Some could say dredging up a 38 y/o post would be right up Jarhead504's alley!

I'm just curious how they got two 1907 slings together. Maybe a wider swivel?

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Old January 18th, 2019, 05:45 PM   #22
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Gentlemen, One needs to remember that both the M1907 and M1 slings were not just meant to be used as shooting aids and carry straps - they were also meant to be used while drilling. While carrying or drilling, the right hand needs to be used to stabilize the rifle by grasping the sling strap. If one wants to have a more comfortable carry, a cross body sling orientation is probably best. That's how troops now tend to carry rifles in the field. The Vickers sling which is used by the Marine Corps works very well in the cross body orientation. The M1907 and M1 slings are a bit short for good cross body carry. You can carry the rifle cross body with those slings but it is virtually impossible to quickly get the rifle into the fight using one of those slings.

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Old January 19th, 2019, 03:14 AM   #23
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Is that the biathelon type harness? How well does that work as a shooting sling? Does that work with stock 2-point swivel locations or does it need special hardware?
No, older sling with an arm loop for stabilization. Mine's probably over 10 years old. I think they've foregone the loop now.

Works well if you're match shooting or have time to deploy the loop. Honestly, I rarely use the aide.
It would take a LOT of practice to be able to use on the fly, IMO. My bicep is a little big for the loop also.

I have mine on a Rem 700 with HS stock with studs and Uncle Mike standard swivels. You can get other fixtures. HK snap hooks was an option when I bought mine.

I like to wear my cross body when hiking.

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I know TAB makes the biathelon type "backpack" slings, but seeing as how biathelon isn't very popular in Arizona, I have yet to meet anyone who actually has one.

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Score! I don't know why this never even occurred to me before this conversation, but I do have several clip-on dufflebag shoulder straps left over from old luggage. Clipped one on the side of the swivels next to my 1907 "shooting" sling and adjusted a few inches longer, it slips on and off almost as fast as one-shoulder-sling, and faster than cross-body, and I can actually run in it without having to hang onto rifle or sling. It sits off-center in the one-shoulder position and not digging into the boniest part of my back, and it doesn't get in the way of looping up in my primary sling to shoot.

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Old January 19th, 2019, 03:00 PM   #26
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I like the my M1907 leather sling. I did buy a black nylon sling but I have not used it yet.
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Old January 19th, 2019, 04:10 PM   #27
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Got about a gazillion miles carrying an M14 with a cotton M1 sling. Never once thought it was uncomfortable, but then I don't think the powers that be in the Marine Corps would have much sympathy for a whiner.
I enjoy shooting with both leather and cotton.
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Old January 19th, 2019, 11:44 PM   #28
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I know I'm gonna get flamed for this, but...

I have a 1907 leather sling on mine, just to make it look good. Don't use it, don't plan on ever using it. Much like the bayonet it also has.

In fact, when I shoot, the sling stays at home with the bayonet. The range I go to only has bench shooting, so the sling doesn't come into play. And I carry to to the bench in a case, again, sling not needed.

My days of going on humps are loooong over. In fact, I whine like a smacked 5 year old when I have to park my Jeep too far from the shooting benches.

While I have nothing against hunting, I just don't do it.

A sling for me is just another pretty accessory to complete the rifle. I have a couple cotton and "seat belt" slings, they are on AR's. Yeah, they don't get used either....

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Old January 20th, 2019, 04:20 AM   #29
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I don't compete. I do shoot.

The biggest issue I've had to turn me against leather slings is summer dress and sweat.

In the summer, I'm wearing a short sleeved shirt and I sweat. The leather slings will stick to my sweaty skin like glue. Tough to get it up on my support arm/bicep and hard to get it off again when I've stopped shooting.

The nylon or cotton slings go on easier and stay on till I pull the sling down off my arm.

These days I only have leather slings on rifles I don't shoot.

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Did someone mention proper M14 sling, well here are a couple and no FAKES in the bunch, all USGI issued. The two leather slings are dated 1996 and 1986, several cotton slings are dated 1962 and a few are dated 1964. I have four that are still new in the wrapper.

The E2 sling(pictured) is a Bar sling date 1957, my other E2(not pictured) has an original E2 sling taken new from wrap.

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