Using the RifleCraft RS1 Sling

Since I introduced the RS1 sling last December I have sent out over 160 of them.  In that time I have not released any further information about it, mostly because I was trying to get caught up with orders.  I thought it was time to put out some more details on it.

I have received a lot of questions as to how the sling is set up and adjusted, and if it can be adjusted at all.  Both the loop and the overall length can be adjusted.  I send them out with both the loop and the overall length set long so it can fit a wide variety of rifles and shooters.  When I put one on my rifle, I need to cut a bit off of each end, just to make it fit my rifle.  All the webbing ends are burnt prior to construction, so after cutting they’ll need to be re-burnt.

Setting the rough loop length:

Pull webbing from the center of the metal slide to shorten the loop section.  A general reference to get your loop length in the ballpark is to make the end of the loop even with somewhere in the area of the trigger and pistol grip.  For a more detailed treatise on setting the loop length, see this post.

Eyeballing the Loop Length
Shortening the loop.

Slack after setting the loop length:

Loop Slack
I designed the sling so that it would have no loose ends hanging out.  This helps both in terms of form and function.  Before cutting the slack off the sling there are a couple things to consider.  First, you won’t be able to add material back on in the event that you should cut it too short.  I recommend taking a few days of trial and error to make sure you have it where you want it.  Second, the keeper that covers the loose end is made to fit over the stiff, four ply section section of webbing.

Where I cut the slack off:

Cutting and Burning 2
If you want to be able to use the sling on multiple rifles that have different lengths to the forward swivel/stud, you will need to set it for the longest one and tuck the slack back into the keeper.

The end will need to be burned to keep it from fraying.  If you don’t have a hot cutter, use one of these:

Cutting and Burning 3
I strongly advocate using a half twist in the sling setup (click the link for explanation).  It helps work things out correctly when wrapping the support hand.  It also helps orient the loop in an ideal position to receive the arm:

Putting in the half twist for a right handed shooter:

Half Twist

One thing that I haven’t shown much of yet is how to use the RS1.  It’s so simple that it seemed as though I didn’t need to.

Holding the rifle by the pistol grip, release the support hand and thrust it through the open loop:

A trick that helps minimize the drag of clothing on the loop is to move the arm laterally in relation to the loop during insertion.  My theory in coming up with this is that sliding lengthwise along the webbing won’t predispose it to rolling or displacement, instead allowing the arm to slip through.  As I slide the part of my arm beneath the elbow through the loop, I move the arm toward the swivel.

At the elbow, I reverse direction and move it down, which also traps the loop high on the arm.
I used the rapid shutter mode thingy on the camera to capture the following sequence.  The advertised rate of speed is 5 photos per second.  There were 19 photos in the sequence, which depicts transitioning from standing at port arms, unslung, to the rice paddy prone position slung up.  By that math it took just under 4 seconds to reach a “ready to fire” position, just over 2 seconds from start to looped up and support hand wrapped.  Excuse me if I look silly in some of the photos.  It’s a throwback to my guitar days.

Clench support fist to convert this to a close quarters technique
I realize this looks stupid…
This looks like some weird crane technique in neko ashi dachi.
Contest: Name this Tai Chi pose.

What a shame.  My Glock is exposed.  Now everyone knows I’m carrying.


If there are glaring omissions in my explanation, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.
Thanks for reading.

10 thoughts on “Using the RifleCraft RS1 Sling

  1. “What a shame. My Glock is exposed. Now everyone knows I’m carrying.”

    Yeah, up until then I just thought you were just a strange guy doing tai chi with a rifle!

    “Contest: Name this Tai Chi pose.”

    Not sure, but I used a stance a bit like this in Nepal between treks when I found myself in the unenviable situation of not knowing which end to put over the toilet – fortunately (I suppose) the toilet was located in the shower cubicle so things could have been worse. It was a long night though.

  2. You know your a long way from home when the hotels have a really nice porcelain hole in the floor instead of a toilet.

  3. Cure for peeking Glock – inside the waistband.

    Neko ashi dachi – been a long time since I’ve seen that phrase! Still use it occasionally for lead leg kick practice, if I can get my motivation and energy up.

    Jonno, good on ya for trekking the Himalayas, but everything else is ‘too much information’! Getting a chance to work with any handguns lately?

    • I hear you Pete,

      Buying a rebuilt No 4 MkI and getting set up for reloading has put me a bit further behind schedule on the handgun front. Taking a bit of extra time might be a good thing as I still haven’t really made up my mind Re: revolver vs auto. I keep having this dream where a guy with a rifle and a black square over his face is whispering, ‘get a glock, get a glock’. It’s a bit creepy but I’m beginning to think he has a point 😉

    • Pete,

      Just to clarify, was your contest entry “Cure for Peking Glock”?

      I tried to find one between Jonno and RF, but it turned out to be extreme toilet humor, and I’m getting a lot better self-censoring.

  4. I’ve been working with the RS-1 for a little over a month now. I’ve found it to be a very good, well thought out piece of gear. RS is right. Don’t cut anything until you have the variables worked out. My ends are still long as I work on different positions/uses.
    The short summary is that this sling does just about everything well. I’ve never been enamored with the loop (GI sling) set up for field craft, but the RS-1 gives you every potential option I can conceive of. Using the loop segment with the RS-1 is an advantage (for me) in almost all positions.
    I plan on working up a short review of my experiences with the RS-1 and putting it up on social media so that more people know of it’s availability. I have an in house photographer who can manage the pics quite well. I’ll let you know when I get it up.

  5. RS, still haven’t gotten out to the range with the sling, but fiddling more at home with it, it seems to sling up as quickly and easily as my Chings, and hold as steady. Can’t wait to spank some steel with it! I tried it on both my .22 Marlin and a Savage 99 lever gun (the bolt guns have those flush-mount studs). Will let you know more when I can finally get to the range.

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