HOW IT ALL BEGINS
When the hides are received they are inspected and the best ones are cut into straps. A slideshow picture shows a typical half side of the cow. This disrupts my living room but Spike, my dog, shown below, loves to run and slide all over the hides.
The first sling I ever made was in 1983 and I would still be using it had my daughter not cut it up to make a belt for herself. Yes, she is still living and I don't know what ever happened to that "belt!"
I have always been an avid shooter. My first experience in competition was while in high school. Can you believe that we had firearms in a public school and the range was located in the basement under the gym? I served in the Army 1964-1966 in the Artillery. In 1965 they shipped me to Viet Nam to serve with the First Calvary where we cocked a lot of canons.
Competing with the South Carolina Rifle Team in the 80's was a great experience and I became state Secretary for the NRA Shooting Sports.
As a team member we were issued government slings and I had a chance to see what was really needed to make a great sling. The government slings were of poor quality. This peaked my interest in slings.