Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    1
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Osprey Pack Rifle Sling Mod (Kifaru Gunslinger copy)

    For the past three years I've been using Osprey packs for my backcountry hunts(deer). The first year I ran an Argon 85, and then last year downsized to a Atmos 50 for my 3-5 day setup. With this years antelope hunt I've opted to use the Atmos 50 as my "day pack" which will give me the volume to pack out the meat in one trip. I've also purchased a nice 40L dry sack pack liner that will work as a game bag to keep the pack clean. We'll be setting up a base camp and hiking out several miles from there every morning. In the past I had always just had the rifle sling thrown over the pack's shoulder straps. Anyone that's done this knows what a pain it is to keep the rifle in it's place, and requires at least one hand on the rifle at all times. I definitely got the motivation from all the positive reviews of the Kifaru Gunslinger. The difference being that mine is easily adjustable not only in ride height, but also in the area that the but stock rests, which allows a nice "tight" hold on any of my long-guns. I even managed to re-use some of the excess webbing from the waist strap so that it matches my Osprey...

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1.jpg 
Views:	41 
Size:	91.5 KB 
ID:	6304Click image for larger version. 

Name:	2.jpg 
Views:	38 
Size:	94.4 KB 
ID:	6305Click image for larger version. 

Name:	3.jpg 
Views:	36 
Size:	90.3 KB 
ID:	6306Click image for larger version. 

Name:	4.jpg 
Views:	37 
Size:	88.8 KB 
ID:	6307Click image for larger version. 

Name:	5.jpg 
Views:	36 
Size:	95.9 KB 
ID:	6308

    It looks like I might have to make multiple posts to attach all the photos.

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    1
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I had all of the webbing and buckles from some past projects, and it just so happened that I have about 20 of the quick release strap buckles that work perfect for the upper application. As a safety precaution(to prevent the rifle strap buckle from accidentally becoming disengaged and allowing the rifle to fall to the ground) I added a little portion of velcro to the free end of the strap that mates with a velcro piece on the body portion of the loop around the rifle. This means that even if I flip the buckle open accidentally, the velcro is more than strong enough to hold the rifle, as it pulls at a very linear angle. I can still shoulder the rifle from the sling in under three seconds. You simply grab the free end that is velcro'd down and give it a tug, this releases it from the velcro, and then releases the buckle and the free end slides through the buckle freeing the rifle. I added some small stick on velcro on the inside of the shoulder strap to keep the strap in place, and to keep it from falling to the ground when released. The patches are undetectable when wearing the pack with the strap is removed.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	6.jpg 
Views:	32 
Size:	92.0 KB 
ID:	6309Click image for larger version. 

Name:	7.jpg 
Views:	30 
Size:	85.9 KB 
ID:	6310Click image for larger version. 

Name:	8.jpg 
Views:	35 
Size:	82.6 KB 
ID:	6311Click image for larger version. 

Name:	9.jpg 
Views:	38 
Size:	86.9 KB 
ID:	6312Click image for larger version. 

Name:	11.jpg 
Views:	31 
Size:	82.5 KB 
ID:	6314
    Last edited by JReeves; 08-21-2013 at 01:41 PM.

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    1
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    And here are the final product. This is shown with the height adjustment at about center, meaning I could opt to lower the butt or raise the butt depending on the terrain and hiking position. The last picture also shows how the same sling allows the rifle to be securely strapped to the side of the pack using the factory Osprey webbing straps.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10.jpg 
Views:	45 
Size:	81.6 KB 
ID:	6315Click image for larger version. 

Name:	13.jpg 
Views:	44 
Size:	52.6 KB 
ID:	6316

    Sorry for some many pictures, I just wanted to give you guys a detailed run-down!

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    591
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 102 Times in 93 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Very cool! Good luck out hunting lopes this weekend, what unit are you hunting?

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    1
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Thanks!
    Unit 015! Fingers crossed!

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    591
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 102 Times in 93 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I just hunted that unit for archery, PM me if you want any info. Hopefully it got some rain the past few days

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    1
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Just tried to send you a quick PM but it sent it back saying your inbox was full...
    -Jesse

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    591
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 102 Times in 93 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by JReeves View Post
    Just tried to send you a quick PM but it sent it back saying your inbox was full...
    -Jesse
    Thanks, just cleared it out

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    40
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I use the exact same pack, but did something a bit different. I used the existing straps and added one piece of velcro at the bottom so that I can carry it on the pack and not my shoulder. It works great and allows me to have my hands free to glass when I know I'm in a situation where I will spot game before they spot me. Also works well walking at night getting into a hunting spot and not wanting the hassle of the gun on your shoulder.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	2013-08-18 11.34.08.jpg 
Views:	33 
Size:	99.4 KB 
ID:	6355

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Reno, Nevada, United States
    Posts
    2,088
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked 142 Times in 107 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Very cool! Great looking sling.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Kifaru / Stone Glacier Pack Comparison
    By Bitterroot Bulls in forum Packs
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 02-08-2014, 03:53 PM
  2. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-17-2012, 04:56 PM
  3. Sling Saver for packs - anyone try one yet?
    By meathunter in forum Packs
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 10-26-2012, 08:33 PM
  4. Best rifle sling I have ever used
    By waddy in forum Other
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-13-2012, 02:50 PM
  5. Replies: 15
    Last Post: 07-24-2011, 02:17 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •