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Old 11-19-2017, 09:40 PM
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Default Rifle sling 1944

I'm sure the sling is real, but a buyer pointed out that the keeper had ridges and was probably post war. Here are the pics.



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Old 11-19-2017, 10:11 PM
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Found this posting and might be of help.
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Canfield's bible has quite a bit of info in it on slings. Weave and color changed and metal hardware changed over time.

One piece that is a good indicator of WW2 manufacturing is the sewn in metal piece. I'm pretty certain that all WW2 slings have a metal keeper with a dimension of 7/8" by 1.5".
On later slings the width is 1 1/8", not 7/8".


When sorting slings that is the first thing I look at. The other metal parts are easily interchanged so a WW2 clasp could end up on any sling. Not so with the sewn in piece. To my eye olive drab color variation is tough to judge.

Others will likely add to this.

Rich
From Canfield's book.....
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:50 PM
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Looking closley, I see the same weave on my sling as on the pic posted. My sown in metal is 7/8" of an inch. The sticking point on the sale of this sling was the grooved part of the "latch"(see pic). I am inclined to believe that all these parts have been together a while per the rust on the sling and parts. But 1950 was a while back, so maybe the metal was added at some point.
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Old 11-21-2017, 03:19 PM
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Default another 1944 sling, should be original

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Old 11-21-2017, 06:31 PM
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I have learned that some of the metal on my sling is not correct. The keeper is not flat. And maybe the "hook" or catch may not be correct either.
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Old 11-25-2017, 10:19 AM
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Sling looks OK to me. Although 1944 date seems a little early for the ridged keeper, There are photos of this style keeper being used in early 1945. Maybe Bill Ricca will chime in?

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Old 11-25-2017, 09:06 PM
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I saw one on E bay lately with the same set up.
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