Anyone made a DIY biathlon or backpack sling for hunting?

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I need a sling to carry a 12-14lb hunting rifle, so thought a "biathlon" or "backpack" style sling might be the best option. I have access to an industrial sewing machine and materials such as canvas, nylon, webbing etc, so thought I would have a go at building one.

Has anyone made something like this before? Any thoughts on design considerations? I am still kicking the idea around, and have never actually used or handled one of these slings. So would welcome any comments that might help at this early stage.
 

Sean the Nailer

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I know that there is at least one "top tier" supplier that makes his Biathlon slings "in house" under their/his brand. Other than that, I can't say.
 
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Typically those slings have carbon fiber in them to make it easier to sling in a hurry.

Would think a removable sling swivel at the y point and then one at the base. Have the points along the rifle more rigid, and the straps "floppy".

Have played with the rifles my guard unit had for our biathlon team. Not a ton of hands on, but it was link fondling unicorn utters.
 

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i wonder if these might give you some inspiration to copy....or even purchase as they're pretty cheap albeit not fancy


 

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TAB Gear Biathlon Sling
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will have a go at making something.

I know there are a few on the market, but I am in Australia, so once you add postage & a super crap exchange rate, it ends up pretty expensive.
 

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I’ve got a couple industrial machines, and learned sewing at a top backpack manufacture.

in a use case like this, structural (heavy closed cell) foam is your friend. the additional stiffness and shape provided will go a long way from turning a bunch of floppy webbing/fabric into an easy to use and comfortable to carry system.

My 2c. Happy to discuss further
 

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I’ve got a couple industrial machines, and learned sewing at a top backpack manufacture.

in a use case like this, structural (heavy closed cell) foam is your friend. the additional stiffness and shape provided will go a long way from turning a bunch of floppy webbing/fabric into an easy to use and comfortable to carry system.

My 2c. Happy to discuss further
Thanks mate. Good suggestion. I will PM you if thats okay? Hopefully I dent end up in a complete knockdown and I can get this done.