Hangin’ It Up Soon

I decided that I don’t have the time or the inclination for all this right now.  It’s not that I don’t like to shoot, or even to write about it, I just don’t feel the need to be accountable to do either at a certain frequency.

I think that I’ve gotten a lot out of my endeavors to share my shooting with you, and for a time it was a very rewarding experience.  It reached the point of diminishing returns for me, probably sometime last year, and has since become more of a chore than a labor of love.  Having a full time job and a family is more than enough as it is, and is really where I need to focus my attention.

 

74 thoughts on “Hangin’ It Up Soon

  1. I hear you on all counts. But. Consider charging what you need to charge for your slings, to make it worthwhile for you. It may be that you only make 2 slings a month, but you make money doing it and enjoy it more. This way, people who really want your slings will still be able to get them, and you won’t be working for free. When I designed the Shaggy holster, the maker was 6 months to a year behind. It was very popular and very reasonably priced. Another guy copied it almost exactly, and promised delivery in 2 weeks…for almost 3x the price. He has not had a shortage of orders.

    If you decide that doesn’t work for you, that’s fine..as long as I can still get slings as needed:-)

    • I’ve thought about that. I used to think that Tony at TAB was crazy to charge $120 or whatever it is for his slings. I have to say that I think I get it now. There are a lot more expenses than just materials. Part of me understands that price is driven by supply and demand, and if the market will bear it, more power to him to charge a higher price. The other part of me just wouldn’t feel right charging that much, although it would be the logical way to go. I’ve realized I’m too nice to be a good businessman. That and I would rather go camping with my kids than sew in my very own sweatshop.

      • I will try to convince you of this later off line, but Tony is a really good guy, and his whole family is involved in the business. Maybe that model would work for you for a smaller part time business? It would be a shame for your slings to become unavailable.

        • I believe Tony’s a good guy. He has the right market niche carved out and like I said, if he can command those prices he’s doing something right.

  2. I know how it is too be busy with work and family. Please know that I have looked forward to all of your articles and insight into the art of the rifle. You have helped me to become a more skilled marksman. I also thank all those who have commented to help me gain a better understanding. Thank you! I am glad I purchased one of your custom rifle slings. It is 100% the best and I will always know that the guy who made it created it with craftsmanship that is simply perfect!

    • I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be of some help to you. I’m also glad to have made you a sling. Thank you for the kind words.

  3. Well dang, again.
    I have been putting off a sling order due to other concerns, I’ll email you shortly.
    You will be greatly missed here.
    Mongo so sad (punches hand through cinderblock wall).

  4. Dear Rifleslinger,

    I totally understand.

    i am married with 3 kids and it seems that making it to the range only once a month for a few hours is a deliberate activity. Sometimes I just can make it.

    Kind regards,

    Scott

  5. Rifleslinger,

    Is it OK for me to order a couple of slings?

    Do you ship to Australia?

    Will you be contactable via email in the future?

    Kind regards,

    Scott

  6. First, just let me say “thank you” for your sage advice, your articulate and thoughtfully written posts and your relentless commitment to analysis and, ultimately, honesty.

    You have been instrumental in teaching me the things I needed to know to become a better rifle shooter. I have a long way to go, but I could not have gotten here without your written guidance.

    I totally understand the need to get away from the relentless deadlines and the pressures of “public,” and I wish you all the best.

    Your slings are perfect, BTW.

    Best,

    Michael Bane
    OUTDOOR CHANNEL

    • Michael,

      First of all, a heartfelt thank you. Listening to your podcasts I can tell that you’re a man of discernment, so the praise you have given me has meant a lot. I am happy and humbled to have been of some help to you. Good luck and Godspeed in your endeavors.

      –Todd

  7. I really appreciate the effort and expertise you brought to your blog. Thank you very much for what you have done.

  8. I wish you the best in your endeavors. Please tell me the website isn’t going anywhere! I just found it a few days ago and was hoping to read through it at my leisure. What little I have experienced has been great!

  9. I’ve really appreciated your blog and have been following for quite so me time. I was/am in the same place. I love to shoot and to write, but my family comes first, I couldn’t agree more. I haven’t touched my blog or done an article in… quite sometime and I don’t regret it a bit. It will sad not to get your articles anymore. But, it was going to happen sometime. I’ll take your info and advice and run with it.

    Best of luck to you, you wont regret it.

  10. We speak of time in economic terms ,saving,wasting,spending,investing, it sounds like your changing banks and I think you will get a much higher rate of return by doing so and it will pay dividends in the future. Hey it was a good run,it was informative,provided civil discourse ,with a little humor thrown in ,all good stuff
    Thank you for your time and effort
    Best to you
    Rawhider

    • Rawhider,

      You have been reading and commenting since the beginning, and I know that you’re a good man, so I appreciate your loyalty. If you’re ever down this way again shoot me an email.

      –Todd

  11. Well darn, I have had to make my self understand that life and times change for everyone and you are no different. Whenever I saw the email indicating a new post on the blog I always felt excited and actually set aside time to read and study what you said. I took everything you wrote to hart and it has made me a much more accomplished shooter.
    I feel I am one of the lucky guys that actually lives very near you and have had the opportunity to shoot right next to you and in another case compete against you. Each time I would watch you and learn. Hope to see you at a local USPSA or 3 Gun match Rifleslinger.

    • Steve,

      Thank you. It was a pleasure to shoot with you as well. I might get freed up to shoot some matches. That would be fun.

  12. Well, I’ve gotta say you stuck it out for YEARS more than I thought you would when I first started following your blog. I remember thinking, ‘shit, I better absorb all this gold as quick as I can because no way can this guy keep up this amount of focus for long’. You have continued to amaze me with your energy and commitment – you’re an inspiration.

    I’ve always found it a real privilege to be able to share in your shooting experiences – I think I went on about it a fair bit back in the early days – and I still feel the same way. And while I will be sorry to see you go, you’ve already plumbed the depths of waters so far out in the ocean that I’m unlikely to ever pass within rifleshot as I bob around on the surface of the protected coastal waters with my floaties on 😉 (though sometimes, when I’m feeling brave, I put my head under).

    Thanks for everything Rifleslinger. Best wishes to you and your family in the future.

    jonno

    • Jonno,

      I have really enjoyed your sense of humor (I’ve spewed forth with my drink more than once) and I’ve always been impressed with your analytical abilities. Thank you for the high praise. It’s been a privilege.

      –Todd

    • “(though sometimes, when I’m feeling brave, I put my head under)”

      Jonno my friend, always remember to hold your breath when you do, and don’t forget to start breathing again when you come up. And watch out for sharks….
      How’s the handgun shooting coming along?

      • Hey Pete,
        Slow and steady mate, slow and steady. But I’m fully enjoying it and that’s the main thing!
        cheers, jonno

    • Michael,

      Thank you, both for reading and being a loyal customer from before I had a website.

      –Todd

  13. Sorry to see you go, but I have enjoyed reading your posts and I really enjoy my RS2 sling. Looks like its time to buy another one.

    I own a small business as well and i know how taxing it can be to always be on the go and feel the pressure of doing things. I also understand how after being busy with work that being forced to do your hobby is a lot like work too.

    Enjoy your life and your family my friend!

  14. It’s been a good ride, pard’. Good trail and company. Carry on. You’re always welcome at the Manor. We’ve got to get together more often than the 4th. I’ll have my order for slings in over the next few days.

    • Larry,

      It’s really humbling to have a man of your caliber, especially one who knows me in the real world, read and actually digest what I have written. Yes, we’ll have to get together more often.

      –Todd

  15. I totally understand where you are coming from. Life has a way of making us change priorities. Best of luck to you! I went ahead and ordered that RS2 I’ve always been eyeballing.

    -EDM

    • Thank you. I hope that your blog continues for a while yet, as I enjoy reading it. I’ve been thinking that you need one of my slings. I think you’ll like the simplicity.

  16. I understand completely, my blog suffered a similar fate due the same reasons a couple years ago and it was nowhere as in depth as yours. I’ll be ordering another RS2 to keep back as a spare even though money is real tight right now.

    But actually my biggest concern will be the wonderful resource this site is. How long do you plan to keep the domain active? I guess I need to look at downloading it all to my hard drive which in past experience never works great but better than losing all your great information!

    • Matt,

      Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for reading. I’m going to keep the site up as long as it’s feasible to do so. Don’t worry too much.

      • Can you publish the materials you developed in this very valuable blog or put in a format so it can be saved. This is an excellent resource and I would like a permanent copy, if possible. I would be willing to pay for it.

        I also have one of your slings–it is the best I own, by far.

        • M.,

          I’m weighing my options of what to do with the information. There is a lot of it there, to be sure, which will make it an undertaking if I do need to somehow convert it. For the time being at least it will stay up.

  17. Life is good, always choose family, and we are going to get old until we die. All of which mean I get to catch up now you slowed down… yeah, I don’t think you have to worry and look over your shoulder. Hopefully, this fine resource for those with less OCD will be around to encourage the three real shooters coming along behind the thousands of long gone greats, or are you folding it into a book DVD?

    • Earl,

      I think you have dropped hints to me from the beginning that I should put my time where it’s most important. I catch on eventually.

      I’m impressed with your unwavering Appleseeding. Maybe I’ll see you out there sometime.

      –Todd

      • The unwaivering only looks so from afar, kind of like watching you shoot standing. There isn’t any muzzle movement, well, from my view point, from yours you at least turned down the mental magnification. And I still have to work on the squeeze straight back, consistency would be an asset.

  18. Real sorry to hear this, man. But I totally understand and wish you the best of luck. Thanks so very much for sharing your knowledge, and for two of my very favorite slings.

    –Mike

    • Mike,

      It’s been very good corresponding with you. Hopefully we’ll get to meet in real life sometime.

      –Todd

  19. You will be missed on both counts sir. Thank you for the education and information you’ve provided us over the years. Hopefully you will leave the blog up for reference purposes. Wishing you the best.

    • Thank you. You have been a real gentleman on all the occasions I’ve ‘met’ you in the cyberworld. Thank you for being out there.

  20. I’ve really enjoyed the blog and your approach was refreshing to say the least. Doubtless you’ve heard the term “square range” right? I believe the real square range is a computer screen.

    Welcome back to the real world and all the best it holds.

  21. Thank you for your significant contribution to furthering The Art.

    Bad for us, but good for you! Enjoy your most important work – your kids!

    I look forward to meeting you on the range someday.

    Best wishes. 🙂

    Ben

    p.s. Dibs on several signed copies of your book!

    • Ben,

      It’s good to hear from you again, as always. I hope to see you on the range too. Let me get done with this pile of webbing, and I’ll take a look at that book outline 🙂

      –Todd

  22. Well, RS, as a semi-regular reader but infrequent commenter, I have to say that while I’m disappointed, I understand.
    As a satisfied customer of your RS-1 sling (works pretty well on my Ishapore 7.62), I’m going to have to come up with a second-best for the day I have a better “all purpose” rifle in the safe.

    But I’m going to miss the blog most of all. It’s been quite the journey over the years.

    • Andrew,

      The blog was always nearer and dearer to my heart, but I don’t even know what I would write about at this point. I do feel bad about my slings being unavailable. I always felt like it was kind of a necessary service to offer, but I realized that it’s not so necessary that I need to sacrifice my life for the greater good of slingdom. People will get by just like they always have. Their slings just won’t be as good 🙂

  23. Thanks for all of your hard work. I completely understand. I have my second child arriving in about a month now. Time spent with your children is absolutely priceless.
    I really think your RS-3 is the best thing out there. I’m so impressed with it. I love mine. I really hope you will manage to open up for another round of orders so that I can order another RS-3 as well as an RS-2.
    I’ve really enjoyed the blog and sincerely appreciate all of the hard work that you put into it. I’ll definitely order a book if you decide to publish one.

    Jeremy
    Mount Pleasant, SC

    • I’m glad you like your RS-3. I absolutely love that sling. I was thinking of quitting the sling business a while back, but I had that awesome design just waiting to get out. I’m okay with it being a collector’s item though. I’m putting them back in stock later tonight.

  24. Well heck Todd,
    I completely understand stepping back, I will miss your writings as they generate some good talks amongst my friends AND have definitely made me a better shooter.
    I would like to order up a few slings to equip the rifles without them, just have not been able to as yet.
    Are you going to leave the site up?
    Regards,
    Aaron

    • Aaron,

      I’ll leave the site up for the foreseeable future. I know it’s still a valuable reference for some, and I do like that.

  25. Hate to see you go, but I totally understand. I’ve learned a lot from your blog since I started following back in 2012. I’ve got your slings on several of my rifles and couple family members’ rifles as well and they are truly a great design and innovation. Hope you at least keep the website up, you definitely have a great reference section. Take care!

    – Anthony

    • AJ,

      Yessir, you’ve been around since just about the beginning of the blog and since the beginning of the slings. Even the reference section needs some re-crafting, but like a lot of other things I haven’t had time to spruce it up. I really appreciate the support over the years.

      –Todd

  26. Man, what a bummer, but the most important part of living is family and time with them. Although I’ve never been one to reach out to authors/bloggers whose work I appreciate (a failure, I now realize), I should have let you know what an inspiration your blog has been to me since I started reading it in the beginning, and I’ve referred alot of shooters to it. It’s increased my skill and my understanding of all things rifle and I’ll be looking at our archives for as long as the site is up. Thanks for all of your work.

    • Jim,

      Thanks for reaching out, and thanks for reading over the years. I appreciate all the kind words.

      –Todd

      • Todd – I received my slings yesterday…thanks so much for filling my order! While it may be a bit before I can mount/use them, I went over them w/a fine toothed comb and both the craftsmanship and the materials are top notch. I can’t wait to put them to use at work and in the field!

        Jim

        • Jim,

          I’m happy that you’re happy. I do work hard to make them look nice. Some of them I hate to send away, but that’s the way it is.

          –Todd

  27. Todd,
    I only discovered your website when I discovered your sling, which is lately. Not having read much in archives and such there is little I can say concerning that, but I can yak at length about the sling. I won’t. I will just say it’s the best field sling I have, the perfect off-hand tool and I ordered another today. I will need one more in black soon though, so let us hope you continue on some level.
    Best of luck to you and your family. Being a man is harder when there are no children to protect and nurture. You are blessed that way and will surely profit.

    • Riley,

      Yes, it does seem to be easier to be better when carrying the burden of responsibility. Thanks for the kind words.

  28. Please enjoy your family while you’re all young. There is no greater reward.
    I sincerely appreciate all you have done. Your blog is truly unique as I haven’t seen a better, more comprehensive treatise on marksmanship from a practical perspective. I’ll be in line to buy a book, should you choose to write one. Your slings are also second to none. Everything has a place and nothing more. Pure function in design yet completely innovative in comparison to others. Exactly what I need.
    I just ordered a RS-2 sling to go along with my beloved RS-3. I’ll probably also order another RS-3 if I can before you shut down for good.
    I hope I won’t offend you to attempt to reverse engineer a sling down the road (should they still not be available). It’s not something that I would normally do.. and I wouldn’t sell them. They’d just be for my rifles. Of course should you decide to get Rifle-Craft back up and running, I’d certainly be buying them from you again. Best of luck in your endeavors.

    Sincerely,

    Jeremy Johnson
    Lowcountry, SC

    • Jeremy,

      Your comments on the blog mean a lot to me. I’m also glad you like your sling. I think that the RS-3 is really a great sling. I wish there were more of them out there. I completely understand if you need to make a few for yourself.

      –Todd

  29. I understand your need to let this go; I can relate even. The podcast I wanted to do, where you were to be my first guest, never got off the ground. Some of it was technical (I had no “real” internet for a little over three years), but that part has been resolved. Ultimately, I just don’t have time.

    Sure, I could make time, but that would take away from doing things like teaching my daughter how to play guitar, or read Greek, or… I think you know what I mean.

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to share this blog with all of us. There is much to learn from here. Also, thank you for making the slings; there are none better. I have an RS-1, and I hate going shooting without it. It is just so handy and practical.

    Rob

    • Rob,

      I have thought about podcasts as well, but there is a real good reason writing is a better medium for me (I don’t sound very exciting when I speak).

      Thank you for the comments on the blog and the slings, and for being around for such a long time.

      –Todd

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