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How to keep sling from sliding down my arm?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by WayneConrad, May 8, 2006.

  1. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Well-Known Member

    I use a Safari Ching Sling for position shooting. It's a lot easier to get into and out of than a military sling. It is a bit like a high-power sling where only the back half of the loop is present and there are no keepers. By maintaining pressure on the sling, the back half of the loop stays put. Without keepers to mess with, it's very fast to get into and out of. I can get into it while dropping to a field position.

    The "U-Strap," the bit of leather that bears on the back of the support arm, has become a bit slicker than when it was new. Since the Safari Ching Sling depends entirely upon friction to keep the U-Strap in place on the support arm, the slickness is making it difficult to keep the strap from sliding down my arm. It ain't staying put too well.

    I seem to recall that there's something high-power shooters use on their leather to fix leather slickness and make things stay put. Does anyone here know what that magical substance might be?
    Last edited: May 8, 2006
  2. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

    Yeah man, it's called "keepers" lol.
  3. Slingster

    Slingster Well-Known Member


    Thanks for trying out the Safari Ching Sling. It's really not meant for target or competition shooting, as it's designed for fast in and out for hunting use, even though it can be as steady as a dedicated competition sling if properly used. Nevertheless, fast in and out of sling support really isn't that critical in competition position shooting, as evidenced by the specialized rigs designed for that purpose.

    That said, I've heard of people using athletic shoe repair goo on their leather slings for increased tackiness, and on a dedicated competition sling that might work, but I wouldn't suggest it if you also use the Safari Ching Sling for hunting.
  4. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    I use shoe goo on my slings to keep them from sliding off the shoulder when I'm clambering over dead falls or rock slides.
  5. Thefabulousfink

    Thefabulousfink Well-Known Member

    If you are not worried about looks or glue on the leather you could wrap the area with cloth athletic tape or even thin grip tape.

    P.S. don't use grip tape if you shoot in short sleeves.:eek:
  6. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Well-Known Member

    Steve Smith quipped, 'Yeah man, it's called "keepers" lol.'

    :p :D

    Slingster, how in the world did you see my question so quickly? Does a little robot tell you when someone writes "Ching Sling?" :) Thanks for your reply.

    I probably should have said "target shooting," not "position shooting." When I target practice, I'm practicing for the positions I'll use in the field when hunting. I guess the words I used really mean competition. My mistake.

    You're right, I don't want to make it any slower to get into and out of, or I might as well use a military sling. My mind keeps going to that resin that gymnists and climbers use on their hands. That might be right amount of tackiness to make it stay put without making it slow to get in and out of.
  7. 30Cal

    30Cal Well-Known Member

    Rubber pads are probably the cleanest solution. The other option is DuPont Super77 spray glue, but it picks up dust and weeds, etc.

  8. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

    Highpower shooters DO use, on rare occasions, 3M spray adhesive. Mainly just the old guys who shoot Garands.
  9. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    I heered that, you whipper-snapper. Come 'round here where I can get a swipe at you with my cane.:p
  10. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

  11. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Well-Known Member

    Rubber Pad

    30Cal thought a rubber pad would work. I found some open-weave rubber mat under the mattress -- She Who Must Be Obeyed put it there to keep the mattress put. I think it's sold for lining kitchen cabinets. I wrapped a small piece (she'll never miss it) around the U-loop and secured it with some medical tape. I haven't tried it in the field yet, but in my living room it keeps the loop in place on my arm and isn't any harder or slower to get into or out of.

    I don't think it's too durable... I can imagine it ripping off if it catches on a branch. It's probably fine for bunny hunting. We'll see.

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  12. thales

    thales Well-Known Member


    You could try "Firm Grip" available at championshooters.com. It's pretty gooey and removes with solvent like lighter fluid, so try not to put it on anything that would be damaged by the solvent.


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