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Posted: 10/14/2004 3:02:02 PM EDT
I just take my rifle out of the case at the range, and it goes back into the case after I'm done.

Do I need a sling? Does it dampen the barrel harmonics or something?
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 3:09:45 PM EDT
No, you don't need one for your applications.

If you need to walk around and occasionally use your hands whil carrying a rifle, you need a sling.

Link Posted: 10/14/2004 4:15:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 7:06:33 PM EDT
He might not have a holster, either

metroples, just kidding with you. But a sling is a must have, IMHO, as is a holster for your pistol, if you plan to use your long gun for anything else other than a range toy.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 7:11:35 PM EDT

Thanks everyone! I don't have a pistol but I see what you mean about the sling... My AR-15 is pretty much a range toy though... The range officers turn into a nervous wreck if you so much as take the rifle off the bench!!
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 7:16:04 PM EDT
even on the range a sling can be used. if done properly it can help steady the rifle when not shooting off a rest
Link Posted: 10/15/2004 5:34:11 PM EDT
I have the CQB Solutions MOUT sling for two of my rifles, and the quick detach feature is really nice. When my rifle is next to my bed, I take the sling off so it won't get tangled up on stuff If I have to reach for it quickly. It's also really nice to be able to take the sling off when the gun is in the safe where it gets tangled up with my other guns. At the range, I use the sling to free up my hands to carry my gear back to the truck. I also use the sling so that I can pretend like I'm some kind of commando in the mirror when no one is looking.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 1:17:30 PM EDT
How do you carry your rifle if you need to carry a wounded buddy? Sling.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 1:45:18 PM EDT
At our local range, guns are in the cases until you're at your bench. They look at me funny when I sling the case on my back.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 2:53:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 3:24:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 3:38:32 PM EDT
hell ya!!!!!

EVERY rifle needs a sling!
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 3:40:21 PM EDT
Take an all day training class without a sling.

Practice a transition drill from rifle to pistol without a sling.

Try to use your hands for something else without a sling.

Hike in the woods for a while without a sling.

Imagine actually *having* to use your rifle one day... and imagine not having a sling.

No, for the benchrest range and back, they are a nuisance. For any more serious needs, they are indispensible.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 7:06:42 PM EDT
You'll appreciate a sling if you ever try to shoot accurately and reload from a galloping horse, bare back, at night, in the rain, in heavy rush hour traffic...
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 9:16:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 10:06:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QCMGR:
All of those things are a good reason but the best reason is to employ the sling for accuracy while shooting from various supported and unsupported positions.

I single point. For me, its just about speed and weapon retention.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 10:23:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 10:54:01 PM EDT
Down the road you might want to take a training class and or go to some 3 gun matches. Get a sling and try it out. Don't attach it to the barrel though. There are different types of slings, do some research on them first.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 11:01:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 11:15:12 PM EDT
IF or should i say when, SHTF you will be glad you have a sling. I have 2 slings for my ar15 one is the standard run of the mill sling and other is a blackhawk 3point tactical sling. usually i use the blackhawk so i can carry my weapon (esspecially at ETH FARM) and sling it behind me if I dont need it at that time. I aways have both slings with the weapon, although the standard sling isnt on the weapon with the blackhawk sling. if shtf the standard sling can be used for a variety of things besides a sling. if worst comes to worst you will always have it. plus it looks cooler having all that stuff on your ar
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:29:28 AM EDT
You'll need one eventually. You might as well get a good one now and avoid the rush.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 1:08:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
If ballistic masterbation on a square range is the only goal you have for you and your rifle, no you dont need a sling.

That is the best answer ever. And it's true.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 3:14:28 PM EDT
Do any of you wrap your arm in the sling to help steady the rifle? My friend (marine) showed me this for shooting prone, and it works like a champ.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:48:08 AM EDT
The most common and most versatile accessorie on your rifle and you dont have one? Empty sling loops are like empty mounting rails. Not a pretty sight.
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