If you want to improve your shot and carry your rifle for longer periods of time, choose the right rifle sling. An ill-fitting, loud or uncomfortable sling may prevent you from hitting your target. Top-performing hunters and shooters rely on rifle slings with these five features.
- Comfort - You can carry a soft and pliable rifle sling all day. A comfortable rifle sling helps you stay well rested and ready to take the shot. Your rifle sling should assist your shooting and a comfortable one does just that.
- Stability - You need a rifle sling to remain stable on your shoulder as you stalk your prey. A stable rifle sling reduces the “rattle” that occurs when the sling’s contact points do not meet the swivels perfectly. You do not want any movement in your rifle sling while you walk or while you shoot.
- Thumb Hole - Your rifle sling should have a thumb hole so that your hand stays relaxed while you carry the rifle. If you carry a rifle sling for hours while stalking prey, your hand will get tired. This becomes an issue when you need a steady shooting hand. A thumb hole helps you maintain control over your firearm and reduces hand fatigue.
- Backing - A rifle sling should have a semi-rough surface for the sling to remain in place while walking. Rifle slings backed and padded with suede don’t create enough friction for the sling to remain in place. Ideally, you want a semi-rough surface so that the sling stays in position even when you’re moving.
- Color - Your rifle sling should match your rifle and surroundings. If you hunt with a black rifle, you should have a black rifle sling so the color blends in with the rifle. Wooden stocks should also match your rifle and surroundings. If you have wooden stocks on your rifle, a brown colored sling camouflages the sling with your rifle.
Here are the best rifle slings for hunters and shooting enthusiasts.