from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sling for lifting a gun off its carriage, or off the ground when placed under a gin or other lifting-machine.
  • n. A kind of strap or sling for carrying a shot-gun or rifle; specifically, a leather loop or sling which buttons or buckles on the pommel of a saddle, and in which a shot-gun or rifle is so slung that it is carried across the lap of the rider.


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  • Here Malachi laid him down, first drawing the gun-sling gently off his shoulders.

    Two Sides of the Face Midwinter Tales

  • They had retained their clutch on the gun-sling carrying the pig, and, before they realized what was toward -- they were slow thinkers both -- a pair of hands was clasped around each throat.

    The Eagle of the Empire A Story of Waterloo

  • No doubt it is a trying ordeal to have some young regular-army lieutenant ride up to your tent at an hour's notice, and leisurely devote a day to probing every weak spot in your command, -- to stand by while he smells at every camp-kettle, detects every delinquent gun-sling, ferrets out old shoes from behind the mess-bunks, spies out every tent-pole not labelled with the sergeant's name, asks to see the cash-balance of each company-fund, and perplexes your best captain on forming from two ranks into one by the left flank.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

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