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Offline armoredman

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Rhodesian sling?
« on: December 18, 2016, 11:37:56 AM »
I confess to being pretty naive about slings, ( polished the ones for the Springfield 1903A3's for ROTC, and simple cheap nylon ones for fooling around in the desert), but I like the "hasty" style sling for standing shooting. I found the Rhodesian Sling being made by this guy;
https://www.andysleather.com/collections/slings/products/the-rhodesian-sling
And while hideously expensive, seems to solve the hasty sling problem I have on the firing line. Anyone here use one? I think this might be the last mod my CZ 527M/CSR rifle needs for perfection.
Thoughts?

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2016, 05:06:12 PM »
Try a Brownell's Latigo Sling.  It gives you the advantages of a shooting sling with quick adjustment, no messing with buckles or hardware.  They are also designed to keep metal hardware from contacting your stock.  I use them anywhere I do not want a "tactical" type sling. 

http://www.brownells.com/shooting-accessories/slings-sling-swivels/slings/quick-set-latigo-sling-prod1180.aspx

Here is a video of one in use, unfortunately he doesn't demonstrate the quick adjust, which is one of the sling's best features:



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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2016, 05:41:43 PM »
I've always shot rifle like that - with whatever sling was on there. Is 'Rhodesian' the technique or the name of the sling?
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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 12:22:57 AM »
It's both, called that by Col Cooper, and the marketing name.
Nice video, good technique, and yes, I was never taught that one, go figure. :(

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2016, 12:32:47 AM »
I bought a Rhodesian from Andy's Leather for my dad for Christmas.  It is a very nice sling and currently very stiff.  Hopefully I'll get to shoot some with it soon.  The Wilderness sells a nylon version that I am thinking of buying for myself.  They are about half the price of the leather ones.

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2016, 08:59:03 PM »
The REALLY funny thing is I took it to the range on Sunday and a former co-worker who I haven't seen in years showed up, with a 1915 Enfield Mk1...and a Rhodesian style sling. :) She had no idea how to use it, and I, well I just saw the YouTube video, so that makes me an expert!  ;D We both learned a thing or two, and I forgot how much I like the old Smelly. :D
Still looking to get a sling like that to complete the 527M/CSR. :) Then to go put some hurtin' on some coyotes.

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2016, 01:17:19 AM »
The one I bought is going on an 1891 Argentine Mauser.  I think these slings look great on the old rifles.

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2016, 07:59:20 PM »
armored..
please clarify " old smelly" ???

as I am trying to learn about rifle stuff, but not sure what you meant? 

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2016, 10:11:44 PM »
SMLE...Short Magazine Lee Enfield...Smelly.
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but not the ability.

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2016, 01:35:19 PM »
That was the Brit nickname for one of the longest service battle rifles in history. In fact, the Canadian Rangers just retired their No4 Mk1s a few years ago. Not bad for a design dating to the late 1800s. ;)
But, I digress, gonna start checking the used holster bins at the gunshops and such, willing to bet someone had no idea what they were giving away. :) Found some gems that way over the years.

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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2016, 08:34:29 PM »
I strongly recommend Appleseed (https://appleseedinfo.org/index.html) best few dollars ever spent and you walk away with an intimate knowledge of rifle marksmanship.
It all sounded a lot funnier in my head.

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2016, 02:23:00 PM »
Yes, and they never have one anywhere near me. I even looked into hosting my own, but couldn't swing the range reservation. I learned rifle marksmanship from my father and the military, so far, so good. :) Nothing like using a bolt action rifle to shoot targets at 200 yards standing, while Tactical Tommy has difficulty hitting his at 50...from prone...using a bipod...with a scope. :)

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2017, 12:29:04 PM »
Armordman, I have a 1942 SMLE manufactured at the Lithgow Armoury in Auslantis. That year my father was a Lieutenant in the 2nd AIF fighting the Japanese on the Kokoda Track in New Guinea. My brother has one from 1916. My Grandfather was at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 (it's like our version of Memorial Day) in the 1st World War (mine's a better shooter) but we have a lot of fun competing for bragging rights. The SMLE has been reputed to be the fastest, slickest bolt-action rifle before the M1 introduced the era of self-loading rifles as standard issue,

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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2017, 04:16:59 PM »
I have one of Andy's slings on a re-constituted Mauser.  It is excellent!  I did add a velcro keeper to keep the extra tail from flopping to the side.  You could trim it but I didn't want to.

Andy's has discount sales now and then.  I got mine a couple years ago for about $45.  He also makes a nylon version for somewhat less money.
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Re: Rhodesian sling?
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2017, 06:18:17 PM »
Just got the sling in your link for my 527M, came in last week.  Got the 1" version in walnut, with black Cerakote hardware.  Really good leather & craftsmanship. 
Have used USGI slings & a "Safari" Ching sling made by Galco on other rifles.  Early returns tell me I'm going to like this one a bit better than those, particularly for hunting.