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Old 03-07-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Do any of you use the sling in your shooting? I learned to shoot long range with the sling in offhand, sitting & kneeling at 200, 300 and 500 yards, and still use it for distance shots even when hunting.



I know you old Marines snapped-in with that M1 or M14 sling tightened like a tourniquet

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I don't use a sling while shooting. wasn't trained that way. but, the M-16/M4/AR-15 platform used in today's combat zone isn't really a long distance weapon system. if standing up, it's typically because you're moving and engaging in close range targets like clearing a building or traveling up a city street--not exactly precision work. long range shots usually mean you have cover to hide behind and "go prone" with...even if it's more of a modified kneeling.

but now that I have a .308 bolt action, I have a new skill set to learn. first 15 shots I've fired through it have me at about 4" at 100 yards. pathetic in my opinion, but I have a lot to go through with a new to me, unknown rifle...clean barrel, scope mounts, plus shooter skills. I may be putting on a sling and learning how to shoot with it.

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It is a very effective technique when practiced and used properly. Like stated most of today's modern tactical slings cannot be used in this manner but that is not what they are designed to do.
Thanks for the reminder. I'm sure a lot of younger shooters either never learned or had forgotten about the technique.

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http://www.levergunscommunity.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=32909
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The use of a sling will definitely enhance your marksmanship
The hasty sling is beat used from standing or stalk hunting while the loop sling is best used from a stationary positions of kneeling, sitting, prone.
A great place to learn about slings, marksmanship and have a great time shooting is at an at an Appleseed shoot. They have great coaching and if you are ex military you will recognize the course of fire without a DI over your shoulder.
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The sling is great for target shooting.

But I find that I can usually find a solid rest in less time that it takes to get into a proper sling.

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I have one of the M1907 slings on my M1903.. My favorite rifle and sling.... (Until I get that Garand anyways... )

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I use the sling when shooting, but I don't use it properly. I just wrap it around my left arm and it helps secure ans steady the rifle.
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With 30 cal weapons, can work great.

With SOME of the 5.56 weapons, the barrel is slender enough that using a deliberate sling can (temporarily) bow the barrel, and move the point of impact.

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It is a very effective technique when practiced and used properly. Like stated most of today's modern tactical slings cannot be used in this manner but that is not what they are designed to do.
Thanks for the reminder. I'm sure a lot of younger shooters either never learned or had forgotten about the technique.
This "young buck" enjoys using his sling. I've got one on my SKS and I enjoy taking standing shots. I haven't got one on my hunting rifle, but I've thought of adding one.
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I wrap the sling around my forearm up to my wrist. I find that this keeps my CZ-550 synthetic very steady on drive hunts. Other than that, I do need a sling since I hunt from high seats that have something to place your rifle on.

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