Shooting with a Sling Part Two
Using a sling is an essential tool for the shooter’s toolbox. The question becomes is it the best tool for the job ? Does time and opportunity allow you to sling up ?
It’s one of the most difficult skills to master and requires a lot of dedicated practice. Most of that practice should be dry practice. Getting into position and finding out what works and what doesn’t. Another good thing to consider when practicing is how to align your body to find your Natural Point of Aim the easiest. Natural Point of Aim is gonna be key to successfully hitting a target when slung up.
We also need to understand our rifle, how it balances, how long we can hold it on target, all these things are gonna make a difference. If you practicing using a 8LBS AR15 then move to an 18LBS Accuracy International you’re gonna run into trouble. The balance will be off, the strain on our muscles will be off so make sure you practice with both so you understand the differences. The 5.56 may recoil one way, the 308 another which might impact how the cuff stays on your arm. With a 308 you may find you need to rebuild your position more often. Not to mention the recoil differences, that matters too.
Remember to lower the magnification on your scope. Just like your digital camera, the more magnification the harder it is to hold steady
These are legacy skills and like any shooting skill they are perishable so we need to practice them in order to stay sharp.
Plan to shoot slung on each range trip, whether that be just one position per outing and soon you’ll find shooting with a sling is no big deal.
When shooting in the prone you have to decide is you want to cant off at a 15 degree angle like the competition shooters, or if you wish to remain straight back behind the rifle creating a smaller profile. This will have an impact on the sling adjustment. In the prone you need to have your sling adjusted to be a bit longer than when shooting in the other positions. So consider the type of prone position you wish to use.
Doesn’t matter the type of sling you use. The shooter needs to find the solution that works best for them individually. We have a lot of sling options out there, TAB Gear, TIS, SAC, FTW, does it matter which you use, well maybe. Understand the need and pick the right tool for the job. You don’t use a sledge hammer to drive a finishing nail, you use the right hammer. Same thing with slings.