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Old 03-23-2021, 09:47 AM
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How to *use*, not install, a sling?



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I've found plenty of info on installing a sling but am drawing a blank on how to actually use a sling (similar to the Magpul MS3/4) for sitting and prone shooting.

Trying to figure out how to route and adjust it correctly. I've played with it at home but don't know if I'm doing things right.

You would think they would provide instructions on use, not just installation.

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Old 03-23-2021, 10:02 AM
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It will probably start with detaching the running end and creating a cuff. In any case, the cuff is the key. The effect you are after is here:

https://www.firearmsnews.com/editori...g-sling/377293

https://artoftherifle.com/the-loop-s...oop-sling.html

It looks the first or second keeper down from the front might serve.
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Old 03-23-2021, 10:17 AM
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Will you wear a competition shooting jacket, or regular clothes?

If it's a shooting jacket, you can use this to hold up the sling on your arm. Most jackets have a strap, hook, or something to hold the sling up. That way you don't have to tighten the cuff so much. A tight cuff can cut the blood flow to your hand, and a pulse beat can travel along the sling to the rifle.

Whatever you wear, decide where you want the sling: high by the armpit, or low by the elbow. Wearing the sling in the middle tends to pinch. A high sling is often more comfortable (more leverage), but tends to slip down. A low sling doesn't slip so much, but there's more pressure on your arm.

Once you have the cuff on your arm, you can take up the rifle and adjust the sling. I prefer to shorten the sling rather than lengthening it; when the sling starts too short, it's easy for it to pull too hard. Too much pressure disrupts your body position. If the rifle has a handstop/movable swivel, push your hand up against this. That way it it goes into the same place each time. Pulling your hand further back lifts the rifle up. Pushing your hand further forwards lowers the rifle.

Basic rules are:
The sling pulls against the back of your arm, not the inside.

The sling is the right length to brace the rifle/your body. Not loose, not too tight.

The strap sits comfortably around your hand and wrist.

The sling doesn't stretch as you shoot.

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Old 03-23-2021, 10:44 AM
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Just a guess but I'm guessing the idea with this sling would be to form the cuff here so all using it would require is detaching the running end then getting your arm in there and adjusting.

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Old 03-23-2021, 10:59 AM
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There's lots of videos demonstrating the use of Magpul slings.

https://youtu.be/qhldyYv2fQ4
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There's lots of videos demonstrating the use of Magpul slings.

https://youtu.be/qhldyYv2fQ4
What he said

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Or you could go traditional (and better) and use a double-point target sling. Much mo'bettah.

Cooper loved 'em.

The only way to sling - Jeff Cooper

Mine on a Winchester 52B
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Old 03-26-2021, 08:10 PM
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As I stated in the OP, none of the videos showed how to use it according to how we have been taught, but I think I have it figured out. With the help of the friendly folks at the match tomorrow (it's more a clinic than a competition), I think we'll get it nailed down.

It doesn't seem to be designed to clinch down around the bicep like a traditional sling, but it can be easily adjusted to "brace" the rifle from that point in the way we've been taught.

Thanks for all the feedback!
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This article covers hoe to use a "sporter" rifle sling.>>>http://vc4hss.com/_Coaches/BF_Slings...ing_How_To.htm


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I am glad to see that a link to Artoftherifle was already provided.
This second link covers positions to practice when your slung up.
https://artoftherifle.com/reference-section

Matt has some great Marksmanship, Skills & other training articles, first link is using various types of slings and second is more positions.
https://www.everydaymarksman.co/equi...hooting-sling/
https://www.everydaymarksman.co/?s=position
When I am at the range I like to practice with the regular web sling (more precise)and with the modern style over the back sling with a quick adjuster (Faster). 22LR & .223. No single point sling for me.

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I continue to shoot rimfire sporter with a plain old GI Garand web sling. Like Sophia said, we route the strap so it makes a cuff loop at one end that snugs up on the arm. Reach the arm through the loop. Magpul setup looks a lot different!
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We did figure it out and it's easy enough once you know how. Definitely different to a standard sling but very interesting how it quickly adapts to single-point.

Unfortunately neither of us are comfortable using the sling. It causes us to "tense up" too much and resultants in an increase in "wobble"..

Perhaps need to play with it more - we just tried it during the last match.
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We did figure it out and it's easy enough once you know how. Definitely different to a standard sling but very interesting how it quickly adapts to single-point.

Unfortunately neither of us are comfortable using the sling. It causes us to "tense up" too much and resultants in an increase in "wobble"..

Perhaps need to play with it more - we just tried it during the last match.
Try the double-point as described in Cooper's article. Much more "human" in concept.
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Try the double-point as described in Cooper's article. Much more "human" in concept.
That is exactly how it works (I used that site trying to get it right at home), and it's not comfortable for us.

Not saying it can't be a benefit, but at this point, we're not able to take advantage of it. I might work on it, but I'm not going out to the WMA range solo while my daughter is off at basic.
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Turner Saddelry has a short description (from army training manuals) on their site at https://turnersling.com/wp-content/u...wtouse1907.pdf
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