The sling is not only the right thing for carrying a rifle on long tramps, but as a support for the forward arm it is nearly as good as the German "hand-hold." It can be used in other positions as well as in the off-hand, and in any of them it assists in the steady holding of the piece while taking up considerable recoil. It might be in the way sometimes when traveling through brush or for quick shots, but its benefits quite outweigh its drawbacks. With any heavily charged rifle I should strongly advise a sling.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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