sling...no, it's a Lateeego
By Joseph D'Alessandro Editor
I can always tell
when I get a gun and all of its ancillary equipment just
right. The parts all fit and look right together, and the result is a good
looking functional piece of equipment, not unlike most of
us...just prior to high school graduation.
are lots of slings on the market; leather and synthetic, thick
and narrow, carry and shooting. After a great deal of analysis
and use, I have arrived at the conclusion I will only
put leather slings on my guns. Why? - Because they
look good, they age well and they are durable when
When the Model
Seven, hereafter known as "the 7", was picked
up, a Bianchi cobra style sling was purchased in its honor.
Unfortunately, this very nice piece of harness leather weighed more than the
gun, and it's missing utility as a shooting sling was
I had recently
installed a competition shooting sling on a Weatherby Ultralight, and
I've become very fond of that set up. Unfortunately, this specific
type of sling was too large and elaborate for this short
action Remington. I dug around on the Brownells
site and found what I thought would be an excellent solution, the Latigo. Billed
as a quick-Set sling, the Latigo can be adjusted from taut for
carry, to slack for sling assisted shooting, with a quick tug.
The price of admission is about $45.
first thing noticeable when equipping a rifle of this type
with a sling is the very short distance between front and rear
swivels, about 22.5". Almost all full size sporters,
including the very long Weatherby cannons, are 26"
between swivels. As a result, most popular slings will be way
too long for the 7, and will require major modifications to be
made workable. Fortunately, the Latigo sling offers a greater
range of adjustment and adaptability than most others.
tipping both swivels in toward the trigger guard, I measured
22.5" between the two. Then I following the instructions
and rounded this measurement down to an even 22". The
tail end of the sling has holes labeled from 23 - 40. The
instructions state to round down to find the hole number, add
3/4" padding, then cut off the excess. The "1"
in the picture above is the correct hole, #23, because there
is no 22". All the leather curled up to the left of the
"1" is scrap.
are not a workable tool here, not even Super Scissors. A
straight edge and a carton cutter make for a cleaner and more
accurate trim. It's a good idea to have something backing the
blade so you don't cut your kitchen table in half. The excess
leather, folded under the trim line, works fine for this
usually cut straight lines and angles, which will look
relative homely if left unfinished, causing even friends and
family members to ridicule you in public. The easiest way to
finish the cut end, and to avoid this dilemma, is to
approximate the finished shape, cut, and then use a little
garnet paper to form the shape the rest of the way.
rest of this installation is a lot like tying a tie. Top left,
through the rear swivel and through the fixed retainer.
Top right, add the
slip in retainer and pull it through the front sling.
Bottom left, pull
the strap just pulled through the front sling and run it
through the open buckle on the rear portion of the sling.
Bottom right, the
part that became the middle strap pulling up from the rear
swivel is pulled even until the two sets of hole numbers
match, and the brass hardware is used to anchor the outside
strap to the middle strap. I personally wouldn't know, but I
been told if you anchor the wrong two straps, middle and
closest to the stock, you'll tug on that sling like there is
no tomorrow without any meaningful effect. Then you'll sit
there and scratch your head for 15 minutes until the
"duh" awareness factor sets in.
sling is pulled up, when not in field use, as tight as a drum.
By simply pulling on the middle and front strap, the sling
opens up wide for shooting hold use. I tried working through
all of the traditional sling holds, and didn't run into a
problem that losing 20 lbs or so wouldn't solve.
The Latigo is a
very good quality sling, very useful in design and very much
appropriate for a small handy rifle like the Model Seven. It
can be a great help in getting the most out of your rifle in