Training and Shooting
How to Use the Rifle Sling
The sling supports the rifle and steadies your hold, making your position better. Make the best use of this valuable tool.
Follow these guidelines for the sling:
- Loop the sling around your forward arm (left for right handed shooters.)
- Fasten the loop either above or below the tricep, but not directly on it as the muscle shifts (mobile base) and pulse beats could be transmitted to the sling (hence to your rifle, interferring with your hold.)
- Make sure that loop is tight so it doesn't slip, but loose enough as to allow proper circulation.
- When the sling is attached to the underside of the stock, it should pass flatly over the forward wrist. Remove any watch or jewelry if they come in contact with the sling, and make sure that neither buckles nor leather keepers on the sling press into your skin, which would distract you over time and possibly interfere with circulation.
- To prevent the sling from sliding down, you can use a hook or loop on the arm pad under the sling.
- Work with your coach to determine the length and placement of the sling and mark it down in your shooting diary when your adjustments are set.
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