25 Jun Village Praxis: The Sling is the Ring of Power by Bill Buppert
Publisher’s Note: If you’ve been following the latest on the tariff nonsense, you will note that the Mango Emperor is doubling down on taxing Americans, again. It may be Make American Government Gargantuan Again Taxpayer, MAGGOT, instead of MAGA.
I’ll make this painfully simple: tariffs are a tax on the consuming citizens of the country that imposes the tariff and every penny of that money stolen from the captive consumers goes into the maw of the government coffers. No more complex than that.
Per the latest kerfuffle over the separation of children from their parents or guardians at the border, the bugbear is consistency. You’ll notice that both wings of the Uniparty have lorded over the Offal Office and the ranking scum in both the houses that pass laws like gas from a sick elephant. Not once have they protested the hundreds of thousands of Americans caged and separated from their children for the commission of crime for whom the only victim was the state from distracted driving to illegal vegetation to extortion fraud when they failed to pay the appropriate taxes to the local political warlords.
I am looking to my readership to give me a quality lead on some good videos on sling employment. The advice here is spot-on and he has since retired from active blogging. -BB
I briefly covered slings in a previous Praxis and want to plumb some more information for this basic yet vital component of the free rifleman’s kit. Slings have come a long way from the beautiful but anachronistic 1917 sling that adorned my M14 when I was on a Navy rifle and pistol team. Like my transition from leather holsters to Kydex, we’ve seen the ubiquity of nylon slings with various components. These serve the same purpose as the holster does for your pistol. They serve two primary purposes: nature’s bipod and the ability to multitask when conducting social work.
Nothing makes a long gun steadier after your hundreds of hours of training and mastering the seven steps to firing the shot than the sling properly employed. From the standing off-hand to the prone and everything in between from SBS to patty-prone.
The sling may be the least expensive and most cost-effective kit you employ with your long guns.
The primary sling variations employed today are one-point and two-point (to include the tactical sling and hunting sling).
The single point sling is generally a large loop that goes around your body, over one shoulder and under the other (normally strong shoulder above), with a bungee-type tether with a hook on the other end. The hook attaches to your rifle via a special point, usually behind the pistol grip so it will stay out of your way and ensure that it hangs muzzle-down when you let go of it. This may depend on the moment of the long gun and on its construction but you want it to drop to your front so your hands are free. Magpul’s MS4 has a cool feature that turns the two-point sling into a one point. You will not want to run with a single-point sling configuration.
The “tactical” two-point sling (to distinguish it from the “field” sling) is a slick rig. It’s far more specialized than the field sling setup, in that it uses a system of sliders and tensioners to allow you to lengthen or shorten the sling length with just a tug. You wear it in the same fashion as a single-point sling with it slung over your support-side (there is no weak side which is why your slings are QD’d at the rear on the same side as the strong side; you’ll thank me behind a barricade because you won’t be strangled when engaging support side targets). I am a fan of the loop sling (thanks Appleseed) and the Riflecraft RS3 I mentioned in the previous brief on slings and pistol holsters.
The field sling, like the 1917, is what most people are familiar with; it’s the leather or nylon sling that everyone takes afield with them when they go hunting and don’t want to keep a rifle in their hands all the time. They’re time-tested, battle-tested, and still the most practical addition anyone can make to their long gun. Especially if you can’t afford the better slings, one is better than none.
I have a sling on every long gun I own, even the 10/22s. They are either single point bungees for the shorter AR platforms or the Riflecraft RS3 on the bolt guns and the Magpul MS4 on everything else.
I have also increased my stability game with the use of Magpul angled foregrips and the low profile M-LOK AFGs are tremendous stability enhancers on the bolts guns, shorter AR platforms and 10/22.
The biggest improvements I have gained through these stability enhancements on the long guns has been the thumb grip on support side. This site provides a detailed of why this anatomically works. I do employ them on both sides on my shorter AR rifles.
“In traditional Cam forward position, recoil flip is managed principally by the “Flexor Carpi Ulnaris Tendon” (a very small muscle of forearm attached to the wrist via a small tendon not designed or accustomed to high repetitive forces and susceptible to chronic repetitive stress injuries). A secondary anti torqueing force is applied by combined shoulder forearm and wrist compression (combined adduction), which thru friction produces the anti torque.
The Cam forward or “ulnar deviation” position is well known to physicians to extremely inefficient, lacking and power and susceptible to repetitive stress injury, which is why great care is taken when repairing wrist fractures to avoid putting the wrist in this position.
With the Gas Pedal ® opposable grip, the much stronger muscles of the hand including the large thumb muscles and pincher grasp are utilized. Not only is this much more efficient, it mostly eliminates the need for muscle tension in the arms and shoulders allowing for a variety of shooting styles.”
In the end, you drive your rifle more effectively.
Drive a rifle or ride a railcar…
Try it, your life will depend on it in the coming Endarkenment.
If you have a ten-dollar head, buy a ten-dollar helmet. In the end, your investment in quality slings and quality time employing your slings through dry fire practice will make you a formidable defender.
Resist, rinse, repeat.