Sling - A strap, usually of leather or sturdy webbing, fitted to the fore and aft (usually) of a rifle as an aid to carrying over the shoulder and as an aid to holding the rifle steadily while aiming.
Steading a rifle with a sling, offhand position (Col. Townsend Whelen, Mister Rifleman, Peterson, 1965) Steadying a rifle with a sling, kneeling position. (Elmer Keith, Keith's Rifles for Large Game, Standard, 1946.)
A retractable sling. on a French shotgun.
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