Rifle slings are not really a necessity when hunting in the African bush. However, they are useful on occasions when you are walking very long distances and carrying your rifle without a sling may overtire your arms. If you do need to shoot with tired arm muscles, it may cause shaking when it comes to aiming.
Rifle slings usually come in widths from 1 inch to 2 inches and are adjustable for length. The heavier the rifle, the wider the sling should be for comfort. They are usually made of leather, synthetic webbing material such as nylon or closely-woven canvas.
If you buy a new leather rifle sling, break it in like your hunting boots, so it is comfortable before arriving on safari.
This Leatherman Universal Rifle Sling is made of leather. The end straps fasten to any rifle or shotgun without using swivels. One end slides over the butt of the stock and attaches around the wrist of the gun like a slip knot. The other end grips the muzzle and doesn't interfere with the use of sights. Buy Now
You'll tire less and hunt better when you carry your rifle with a Safari Sling. The 2" wide strap enhances comfort and hands-free carry. The sling allows you to shoot directly from the carry position. It is made of strong 100% synthetic webbing and adjusts easily with one hand. Buy Now
This Hunter Company rifle sling is in the 'cobra' style and made of buffalo leather with heavy duty stitching. Fits 1" swivels. Buy Now
This Vero Vellini rifle sling has a slip-proof finish on the contact patch of the sling. It is available in camo, green and black in durable nylon for maximum wear. Buy Now
This padded rifle sling is super-comfortable and allows rapid, one-handed adjustment to extend, shorten or set into place. There are no buckles, hooks or fasteners. Comes fully assembled with detachable, quick-release swivels. Buy Now
Leather Sling And Shooting Positions by James Owens (1996) imparts valuable and effective knowledge on how to master the essential shooting positions and sling usage. Follow a four-step program to shooting positions, the likes of which you have never seen before. Learn to assemble and adjust the leather sling in the same method taught by the Marine Corps Team. As an added bonus, receive a five-step theory that could increase your off-hand three to ten points. 2014 Kindle Version