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So you have been looking for a handmade leather sling for your rifle. There are many available, in a variety of designs.

So why would you choose one of my handmade leather rifle slings?

Maybe it is just because you like to support UK small business? Whatever the reason, I would like to think that you choose to buy a leather rifle sling from Oakside because you like the look and quality of my work!

I am trained as a Cordwainer (someone who works with leather). I use traditional saddlery methods to make a handmade leather rifle sling to a standard that far surpasses shop bought leather rifle slings.

I use top grade English Bridle Leather from JF&J Bakers. Britians last remaining Oak Bark Tannery

http://www.jfjbaker.co.uk/

J. & F.J. Baker & Co. supplies the most exclusive shoemakers, saddlers, interiors and leather workers in the world. British leather quality is world-renowned and their unique tanning methods maketheir product even more sought after.

The Devonshire site of J. & F.J. Baker has been a tannery since the Roman times. The site has grown and developed and expanded over centuries and with it the oak bark production techniques, perfecting the art of tanning.

For buckles I use Abbey England.

http://abbeyengland.com/

Founded in 1982 and based in Knutsford, Cheshire with a foundry in Walsall. Abbey England was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1995 for their quality goods manufactured in the UK foundry. I also buy all of my tools, thread, and dyes used to make my leather rifle slings from Abbey England.

So now I have the best quality British materials - top quality leather, and the best British buckles. Now the work comes down to me.

The buckle and swivels are stitched by hand to the handmade leather rifle sling. I use linen thread and double hand stitch. This means that each thread passes through the leather and makes a complete stitch, unlike machine stitching which interlocks the stitches in the middle of the leather. This means that on any  one side is the same length of thread, break one stitch and you break them all!  Double hand stitching uses two needles to stitch with, each stitch crosses inside the leather before moving on to the next one. This makes for a much stronger and more reliable stitch than machine stitching.

The other noticeable difference with my handmade Leather rifle slings is that the stitching runs along the length of the leather and not across it. By stitching along the length the strength and integrity of the leather is maintained. It takes a lot longer to do but is better in the long run! Stitching across the length is essentially making a perforation across the leather rifle sling, weakening the leather and making a potential failure point! I'm sure you don't want to drop your rifle or shotgun!

So there you have it. In summary the reasons for buying a Handmade Leather rifle sling from Oakside are;

  • Top selection Oak bark tanned English Bridle leather.
  • Solid brass, stainless steel or plated buckles and fittings.
  • Handmade in the UK.
  • Traditional hand stitching methods.
  • Stainless steel or black QR swivels.
  • Custom Designs.
  • Leather and Buckles made and finished in the UK.
  • Free UK delivery
  • Secure PayPal payment
  • A selection of standard designs.

I can make most designs that you may have in mind so please feel free to contact me with your ideas.

Below are a few of mine. When I get a chance I will make some!

A range of leather rifle slings and accesories. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with these slings then please complete the form. If you have any other ideas then please let me know.

I won't bombard you with junk!

Standard Leather Rifle Sling

The Standard Leather Rifle sling is 1 inch (25mm) wide and made from Bridle Leather. Handmade in Great Britain. Reverse turned Buckles to each end enabling the sling to be removed when cleaning.

  • 1 inch or 3/4 inch swivel returns
  • Bridle Leather Rifle Sling
  • Hand stitched in England
  • Brass or Stainless Steel buckles
  • A variety of fixed lengths to suit your Rifle

Adjustable Leather Rifle Sling

Based on the same design as my standard rifle sling. This version has another buckle part way along its length for greater length adjustment to suit a variety of rifles and personal preferences.

  • 1 inch or 3/4 inch swivel returns
  • Bridle Leather Rifle Sling
  • Hand stitched in England
  • Brass or Stainless Steel buckles
  • A variety of Lengths to suit your Rifle

Wide Leather Rifle Sling

As my standard sling but with a 2 inch (50mm) wide sling.

  • 1 inch or 3/4 inch swivel returns
  • Bridle Leather Rifle Sling
  • Hand stitched in England
  • Brass or Stainless Steel buckles
  • A variety of Lengths to suit your Rifle

Rifle Sling Pad

The Rifle Sling Pad is designed to fit a standard 1 inch (25mm) wide leather rifle sling. It is a 2 inch wide (50mm) leather pad that can slide on to a sling to increase the width at your shoulder. This helps to relieve pressure when carrying a large, heavy rifle. This will only retrofit an adjustable sling as the buckles will not fit through the crew holes. It can however be purchased and fitted whilst I am making a standard leather sling.

Options
  • Lined with soft leather
  • Lined and Padded using neoprene

Options

  • Plaited
  • Bridle hook silent swivel fittings ( no metal to knock on your rifle at the most inappropriate time!)

Why should you choose Oakside Saddlery?

  • Everything is made in the UK so you are helping to support British Industry.
  • Handmade using traditional methods ensuring strength and longevity.
  • Made to measure for the perfect fit.
  • On-line purchases using PayPal for increased security.
  • Custom Designs for individuality.
  • Free UK Delivery with no hidden charges.
  • Worldwide shipping.

Leather Colours

Simon Harrison

Oakside Saddlery

67 Windmill Rise

Minster

Kent

ME12 3QA

United Kingdom

oaksidesaddlery@gmail.com

07976892950