Shootin’ Hack: How to Use a Rifle Sling

Looking for a way to upgrade your rifle without major changes to its setup? Would you like to potentially improve your own performance at the range? That’s where this easy rifle hack from TFB TV comes into play. In this video, the guys at TFB TV explain how a properly adjusted and utilized rifle sling can be a game-changer for you. Not only is it worth having a sling, they say, but it’s worth doing it right. Read on to discover just how easy it can be to up your gun game.

Using a rifle sling
Could a rifle sling greatly improve your gun skills? TFB TV finds out. (Photo credit: TFB TV)

Why use a rifle sling?

There are quite a few reasons to put a sling on your rifle (and on other long guns, too). Here’s a list to get you going:

  • Hands-free carry
  • Stability
  • Bracing
  • Easier rifle-to-pistol transitions
  • Improved accuracy
  • Removing the strain from hands and arms

Blue Force Gear, a manufacturer of slings, took the TFB TV team through a three-hour class on sling use. During the class, they did everything from helping the team set up their rifles correctly to teaching them technique — and it’s all been reduced to a 20-minute video so you can watch and learn.

students ready for a rifle class on how to use a rifle sling
Getting ready for a rifle class on proper sling use. (Photo credit: TFB TV)

In the video, Chris from Blue Force Gear offers advice and answers questions. One question is, “What do we need a sling to do to be optimized?”

He says, ” …a sling needs to do three things for me. …if it doesn’t do these three things, you reduce it down to it [being nothing but a] parade sling, it doesn’t do anything but attach a gun to your body.

“[First] a sling has to give me the ability to have a repeatable and reliable front sling position. The reason I want [that] position is because most of the time…my hands are off the gun. [When] my hands are off the gun…I need it retained… …I don’t need it bouncing around…I don’t need it pointing at anything it’s not supposed to be pointed [toward]. …

“Two, a [good sling] will make what is inherently a [not] stable firing platform more stable through the use of a sling. We get that through a combination of…having an adjustable sling and…having it sized and fitted properly to the rifle and the shooter. …[the third thing] is I have to have a QD capability in the front [or] in the rear – preferably both – for [quick removal for trauma treatment].”

Blue Force Gear class demonstration of rifle sling use.
Blue Force Gear explains rifle sling use to the TFB TV team. (Photo credit: TFB TV)

To find out what else Blue Force Gear has to say about using rifle slings the right way, and what the TFB TV team got out of it, watch the video:

Do you really need a one?

As with any piece of gear, a sling is purpose driven. What are you using your gun for, and is it dedicated to that use? Is it a tactical or home defense rifle? Do you use it for hunting? Consider these things before choosing a sling. There are, after all, many types of slings and methods for using them.

Do you have a sling on your rifle? Which brand, and how does it work for you? Drop a comment below to share.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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One thought on “Shootin’ Hack: How to Use a Rifle Sling

  1. I like what I was taught in Basic. Arm inside the sling, with your wrist and hand holding the rifle immobile. But I realize slings have come a long way in 50+ years, and I am always looking to increase my accuracy. I don’t currently have a sling (and my targets know it), and you have given me food for thought about what to buy. Thank you.

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