I am happy to see another rifleman who knows how to properly use a "shooting sling". Your sitting position is pretty good, but your elbows really should be over the knees. Staff Sergeant Gilcrest would not be pleased, probably require a hundred pushups just for allowing yourself to be photographed that way, might even emphasize his lecture by thumping his forefinger on your dog tags and driving them into your breastbone to make sure he had your full attention (ask me how I know that).Hah!
Got ya' on the appearance of that rifle as well Hoganberg for it is my first center fire rifle and was used for deer hunting rifle in my teen years, was used for some years in high-power competition, served for many years as test bed for experimental .30-06 "performance" hand loading, and has spent 45 years now being shot just for fun off the bench and in the field. A lot of rounds have been poured through that one. It's still as accurate as you describe your '03A3 experience was.
The original lower band and sling swivel screw which had seen the competition on the high-power firing line with the stress of the use of a very tight sling later failed on me a few years ago.
I'd decided to again take the '03A3 deer hunting, for old time's sake. Just as I reached a deer blind after climbing to the top of a live oak tree on our old place on the lake, the rifle fell away from from my back and bounced and slid from limb to limb down through the tree to the ground. There were tears in my eyes as I clamored down to inspect the ruination that I expected to find on my old favorite. Imagine my surprise and delight when it was discovered to have no damage. The accessory front sight hood snapped off and was lost, but both hood and a replacement sling swivel were no big deal to replace. The stock had long scuffs on it from where the rifle slid through the limbs against the rough bark, but the scuffs just wiped off with a thumb and the walnut was not bruised in the least. Should have checked and replaced the worn band and screw long before the incident. How I got off so lucky I can't say.
Laid the rifle across the bench rest a few days later to verify the sights and it was still sighted in.
I was just giving you a hard time, friend! I doubt I could get my elbows over the knees to Staff Sergeant Gilcrest's satisfaction anymore. Use of the shooting sling is becoming a lost art, from what I have seen in recent years. One of the most basic parts of rifle training, back in my Army days.Go easy on me!
I couldn't accomplish a hundred pushups between now and next week! I probably couldn't bend enough to lean forward there in that photo with a tight gun belt and more lbs around the middle then than I have now. Might could lean forward enough now. Never heard that one's elbows needed to be over the knees which seems somehow less stable to me than elbows firmly planted.
I'll have to try that tomorrow.
Of course that is just an expedient M1 web sling, but it's so tight that if one was to push down on the muzzle end of the rifle they could just tip me over the edge of the rim and into the canyon and I would stay in the same position.
Was going to attend a high-power match or two this season beginning in March, but Corona of a pervasive sort compelled the club high-power match director to cancel matches for the time being.
There are some weird and wacky sitting positions depicted in this Google Images search. Elbows waiving around out in space, ARs canted to one side gangsta' style, sloppiness abounding.
Well I wouldn't know how to act if someone wasn't giving me a hard time.I was just giving you a hard time, friend! I doubt I could get my elbows over the knees to Staff Sergeant Gilcrest's satisfaction anymore. Use of the shooting sling is becoming a lost art, from what I have seen in recent years. One of the most basic parts of rifle training, back in my Army days.
Don't know. Never counted them. I do know it'll punch through four Fort Worth phone books with 180 grain Sierra soft point spitzers. Never tried it on phone books with ball or AP.How many words per minute can you punch out with that Smith Corona?