Not sure if my title nails it but there are 2 things that i notice when looking at images of hunting Africa. One is using sticks for stability. Obvious but is it a style only common to Africa?? Number two is carrying the rifle, no sling barrel in hand and over the shoulder. I see it a lot but in media depicting Africa i dont see this as common practice elsewhere. Is it a trait, copycat action or is there purpose??? Do they do this in Africa for quicker handling, quicker shots? I tried that this arvo with my CZ550 in .458, hunting pigs or just taking a walk with my rifle as today turned out. different and by myself i dont point it toward myself so no problem. I dont have a barrel band on my rifle but i do like the look of it (Think DG Rifle, traditional look or example of same as part of my interest) . Having a barrel band suggests the use of a sling on the same big game rifle.