Leather hunting sling/accurate shooting sling designed by Hansie Minnaar

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  1. Gert Odendaal

    Gert Odendaal AH Elite

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    Good day to all members, I believe you all to be in good health and happy to face a new year???:A Banana::A Banana::A Big Hello::A Big Hello: Members this thread is about a great device that I feel will be to the benefit of any hunter, for sure it is going to benefit my shooting abilities. This is a hunting/shooting sling designed by my good friend Hansie Minnaar. Hansie use this sling extensively while hunting. He made the sling from good quality cow hide leather. Here are photos of how he make this sling. I already bought myself one and will be taking it to the range shortly. Other South African hunters who bought this sling has really good positive feedback about this sling design.
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    I have one as well, mine is a Galco Ching sling. Great style sling that makes for a steady shot. Style has been around for a while and it's good to see more taking interest in making and selling them.

     

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    Yes, you are correct, the design was developed by Col. Jeff Cooper and another person, (Ching) , Hansie designed/made the sling from good quality leather and a type of locking bolt , overall it is a great product , I will be taking my sling to the range shortly to use it at 100 meters standing /off hand shooting, I want to see what my improvement in shooting is .:A Banana:
     

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    I too rate the ching type sling as a shooting tool. Mine is a Rhodesian sling from Andy's Leather.

    Honestly, it's great. Way more stable in the standing and also a great aid for sitting, kneeling and prone. Since I got mine I've pretty much given up on a bipod as the sling is more than good enough out to 200 or so (the bipod does remain on for hill stalking though).

    I also saw a marked improvement in my sporting rifle shoot scores using it, especially for the running boar type discipline where the jump was 20%+ plus.

    It's not really a precision device, any more than my hunting .270 is, but if you need to mount the rifle sharpish and put 2 or 3 shots into a couple inches at normal hunting ranges, there's nothing better.

    This design is a bit different, but looks interesting. Hope it goes well.
     
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    Alistair, thank you for the reply, yes I am sure there will be an improvement in my off hand /standing shooting skills..(y)
     

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    Having learned the value of a tight sling for precision shooting 50 years ago at Edson Range, I can see where these slings would be a great aid because they reduce the drawback of traditional shooting slings- the time it takes to get one on and tightened. The split allows the sling to be used as a carrying strap, but simply flipping the rifle forward and dropping the forward elbow through the slit, drawing the sling up tight against the preset stop on the upper arm; reaching around the sling and sliding the hand between the sling and stock forend; would give a reasonably tight sling, all in just a second or so. Good job.
     
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    I have a Safari Ching sling and have practiced with it using several rifles. I am also familiar with the military sling as I compete service rifle. The Ching and military slings work by putting you and the rifle under tension; the military sling much more so.

    Both slings make my hold steadier in the seated and prone positions. Offhand I found little improvement using any sling (slings aren't even allowed in competition in offhand strings) but that could just be me. The problem I found with slings that put tension on the rifle is they share one common trait: using them changes my point of impact as compared to that from a bench or using shooting sticks. For me using the Ching sling with enough tension to make a marked improvement in rifle steadiness lowered my POI by 3 MOA as compared with shooting from a benchrest or shooting from a bipod/sticks. I did not notice a significant change in windage while using the Ching sling but I have a lot of practice with proper use of the military sling or I just got lucky :D.

    Everyone's different. Perhaps you're able to remember what the change in POI is with & without a sling or you don't even experience it. What I finally opted to do was not use a sling for the benefit of steadying my aim and the resultant change in POI while hunting.

    A Ching sling (or one that's similar) is worth a try but I suggest you do the work and compare your POI with and without a sling in the positions you expect to use while hunting.
     

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