Hasty Sling

In a hasty sling configuration, the sling is attached to the upper and lower sling swivels of the rifle. When the left arm is placed in the hasty sling, tension created by the sling travels from side to side. The tension created by the sling affects how the position is established. There are fundamental differences between the application of the seven factors when using the hasty sling. The most obvious of these is placement of the left hand and the left elbow.

To maximize the support provided by the hasty sling, the left elbow should not be inverted and under the rifle. Instead, the elbow should be pushed outboard against the sling. To achieve this, the position of the shooter's body must almost face the target as opposed to being perpendicular to the target. In addition, the hasty sling must be loosened to allow the elbow to push out against the sling far enough so that the elbow is not under the rifle.

The tension on the sling created by the hasty sling causes the center of balance to change on the rifle. When the elbow is under the rifle with the hasty sling donned, the sling pulls down on the sling swivel disrupting the center of balance and causing the muzzle to drop. Therefore, the elbow must be pushed outboard.

Outboard tension on the sling by the elbow drives the buttstock into the pocket of the shoulder. To enable this, the sling must make contact on the arm just below the triceps, above the elbow. See figure 5-9.

Hasty Sling Position

To stabilize the front sight of the rifle, the forward hand, wrist, and forearm should be straight with the wrist locked in place; the hand should be rotated up so the rifle rests in the "V" formed by the thumb and index finger; the fingers will not curl around the hand-guards. Instead, they will pinch the handguard slightly to keep the hand from slipping on the handguard during recoil. See figure 5-10.

Hasty Sling
Figure 5-10. Position of Left Hand with Hasty Sling.

When the wrist of the left hand is straight and locked, it creates resistance on the sling close to the muzzle. The sling is in contact with the back or side of the wrist or on the arm near the wrist. This resistance allows the front sight to be stabilized.

In contrast, when the rifle rests across the palm of the hand, the only resistance created is where the sling meets the triceps. Since the resistance is further from the muzzle of the rifle, it makes stabilizing the front sight more difficult.

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