Hasty Sling: A Fast, Easy Method For Sure Shooting With Any Sling
The Hasty Sling method is a shooting technique that can be used with ANY shotgun or rifle sling. It has a lot going for it, since it – again – can be deployed with any two-point or three-point sling.
Now, some rifle slings require a specific setup as well as a specific sling technique if you want to use a rifle sling properly. Proper use of a sling assists the weld of the butt to your shoulder and therefore creates a more stable platform. This cuts down on recoil AND makes you shoot more accurately when popping off a few rounds off-hand.
The hasty sling method, on the other hand, works with any rifle sling, from cheap $10 straps to $100+ leather slings that would rival most leather gun belts for quality.
How does it work? Let’s dig in!
The Rifle Sling: A Lost Art
In the old days, riflemen in the military were taught to use a rifle sling as a shooting platform when and wherever possible. When employed as more than just a carry strap, a sling aids in accurate shooting.
In a traditional rifle sling such as old WWII three-point slings, Ching Slings or a Rhodesian sling, there’s a loop in the sling attached to the forend of the rifle or – if using one – the shotgun that you’re shooting. What you do is cinch the loop up until you can push your support hand elbow through the loop, then hook it back, catching the loop and anchoring the butt to your shoulder.
Now, not ALL slings allow you to do this. Many rifle slings and shotgun slings you find in stores don’t have the forward loop. In fact, many have a big ol’ neoprene pad, making the rifle or shotgun a bit more comfortable to carry.
This is where the hasty sling method is necessary. The traditional technique doesn’t work, so it makes it possible to use any rifle sling to anchor the gun to your support hand and therefore stabilize the weapon for shooting.
The target shooter probably has no use for it, since target rifle shooting is usually done from a rest, prone, or using a single-point AR sling because those have gotten so popular. However, for the person getting into rifle shooting, it’s a good tool to have in the box.
For the beginning hunter, this is solid gold, as getting into a stable shooting position FAST is good skill to have. You might not have time to get sticks into action, or be able to get prone. This method lets you set up for a shot quickly.
As Promised, The Hasty Sling Method
Sorry about that big lead-in, but now we get to the hasty sling method.
It’s a four-step process, and it goes like this:
- Put your support hand through the sling, but don’t grip the forend yet. For righties, go left-to-right, lefties do the opposite.
- Drop your support under the sling, and move your whole arm to the outside of the gun. What should happen here is the sling should now wrap around your arm close to your elbow.
- Rotate your hand over the sling one more time, and grasp the forend while pushing your elbow out, pulling the sling tight.
- Shoulder the rifle or shotgun, and pull your support arm into your body
The effect is that any slack is taken out of the sling, pulling it tight to the body. What you should notice is that the rifle stays on target if you take your shooting hand off the gun; it will be held in place.
Again, this is an oft-forgotten use for a rifle sling beyond just being used to carry the gun. It’s also a shooting aid that, if used correctly, can be a great help in practical accuracy. It works while standing, sitting or kneeling, though not in the prone position, and with ANY rifle sling. Simple nylon web, padded or not, a leather strap…whatever.
Granted, the hasty sling method and other sling techniques – such as those for a figure-8, Ching or Rhodesian slings – are not without their limitations. Obviously, they’re best suited for weapon platforms besides lightweight, compact modern rifles; this kind of sling technique is better-suited to more traditional barrel-length firearms. It also doesn’t make up for poor fundamentals.
However, if you wanted to learn how to shoot that old bolt-action rifle or pump-action shotgun a bit better…it’s a good tool to have in the toolbox.
About The Author
Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.