Originally Posted by JasonGoldsmith66
...looks like this works...
Ok, perhaps top FT shooters dont rely on them.. would have thought you would have better stability and control.... since a fixed point allows you to concentrate on 1 less variable..and so you can focus on your breathing technique, scope/target, etc...
We all used the sling for .22 rimfire rifles at school comps, as well as the .303 Enfield at CCF comps held at Bisley in the prone position...so why the low to none existent uptake on FT comps ? Without a sling in prone...your gun wobbles...if you have a heavy stock to compensate, It applies more pressure on the wrist...Ok, so a glove is used..but still...eliminate a variable, and you get better scores..
That is the big difference. Prone .22 RF or even full bore competition is a fixed distance, target elevation, etc so having the sling is a near constant triangulation of forces (shoulder, elbow, hand). You lay down, get in to position and see where the gun is pointing and then wriggle about until it is on target (no aiming), load and gently hold the trigger section and squeeze (wriggle, adjust, etc). Trying that on an FT course is so far from reproducible that you have to leave slack and aim with the scope but a sling in prone is great for zeroing, practicing and judging wind (except you can't "feel" the wind that low down) but very few FT courses have lanes/targets that can be seen prone (even though they are supposed to be visible from any free position).
Slings are great to begin with (and prone is very different to sitting if you have back problems) but when you get more experience and start competing against the clock (1min showdowns for 2 targets!) then a sling is a major disadvantage! :-)