Currently there is about a
waiting period on sling orders."
to Les Tam Slings web site. You may contact Les by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or call him by phone at (808) 737-5427 home or (808) 429-5427 cell. Sling prices
range from a low of $73to a high of $88 depending on specs desired. Exact
prices will quoted after determination of specific shooter needs. Prices include
handling and Priority Mail shipment to any location in the US. You talk to Les,
determine the specs, and he’ll give you an address to send a check to. He gets
the check, makes the sling, and mails it right out to you. Les is in Hawaii, and
it will take 7 to 10 days from receipt of funds to make the sling and mail it
out via Priority Mail. It may not be like getting one off the shelf, but it will
be custom for you.
I have a new product for 2014 I think you'll like. The
Match leather Rifleman’s Belt
2008 Junior Program
It's that time of year again, if you have a junior team in need of Slings, I
will donate 3 service rifle slings to one team. Send me an e-mail and let me
know about your team, and I'll select a team and supply 3 slings no charge.
A Little History about Les Tam and His Slings:
Leslie E.M. Tam is of Chinese ancestry, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and
will be 66 years old as of March 2006. If you ever get a chance to meet him, you
might think that he looks only about 55. He has a BA degree (majoring in Math)
from the University of Hawaii, served on active duty in the Air Force in Florida
during the Cuban Crisis from 1962 to 1965 as an Aircraft Armaments Officer. Les
is now a Federal Civil Service retiree (manpower management analyst) having
worked for the Army and Navy, and is also a retired Army/Air National Guard
reservist. Les had actively shot highpower rifle competition during the 1970’s
and 1980’s in Hawaii and had attained Expert classification and a few Leg
Points. He started making leather service rifle slings in 1986 because he wasn’t
satisfied with the quality of the existing leather service rifle slings on the
market. He slowly progressed into making and selling a few more slings for
friends, and then converted it into a part-time official business working out of
his home in May 1989. The rest is history with having made almost 2,000 leather
service rifle slings as of January 2006 for highpower rifle competitors
throughout the US.
Les’ sling business is still only a part-time endeavor in his retirement status
and is a one-man operation conducted in the patio of his home on the lower slope
of Saint Louis Heights in Honolulu. He intends to keep it that way to enjoy the
“golden years.” Visitors are welcome. The leather hides for the slings are
ordered from the Hermann Oak Tannery in Saint Louis, Missouri. Most of his
knowledge was gained through experimentation and his own sweat and blood through
the years, but a few important pointers were learned from John B. Smith, an old
friend and saddle maker who ran a local Tandy Leather Store in Honolulu, now
deceased. Les cuts-up the hides and uses his experience and expertise to produce
the highest quality leather slings that money can buy. All slings are custom
crafted to fit the individual shooter’s needs after talking via phone with the
shooter. Les’ vision is to provide the highpower shooting community with the
best leather service rifle slings that can be made. If you have a problem in
having to pay extra for long distance phone calls, you can email Les with your
phone number, and he will call you back using his cell phone at no cost to you.
Be sure to mention what state you are from so that he can figure what the time
difference is, and also indicate the best time for him to call you.
LESLIE E.M. TAM
1411 Saint Louis Dr.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 737-5427 home; or (808) 429-5427 cell
Web Site: www.LesTamSlings.com