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Old 02-26-2022, 09:20 AM
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Default M1 Garand Canvas Sling W/Flat Buckle - Possible WWII Issue?

Hello guys,

Was going through all my canvas M1/03A3 slings. This one caught my eye. Since it has a flat buckle. I don’t see any markings. Is it possible, this is a late WWII issue sling? Or, just early post war?

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https://imgur.com/gallery/8G01hWD

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Old 02-26-2022, 09:56 AM
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I believe you are correct and another confirmation of WWII is the size of the flat buckle.
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Old 02-26-2022, 06:57 PM
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I believe you are correct and another confirmation of WWII is the size of the flat buckle.
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Excellent! Very much appreciate the linked photo.
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Old 02-27-2022, 04:29 PM
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I think that it might be a foreign WW2 copy. Notice the wider than normal sewed area with white thread. The flat buckle also has a different, almost black finish that's darker than WW2 ones. You'd have to see it along side other USGI slings to see the other differences.
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Old 02-27-2022, 05:41 PM
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I think that it might be a foreign WW2 copy. Notice the wider than normal sewed area with white thread. The flat buckle also has a different, almost black finish that's darker than WW2 ones. You'd have to see it along side other USGI slings to see the other differences.
Interesting. The buckle is painted brass. The weave pattern is identical to the linked photo of the WWII one. I have around eight of these style canvas slings. This is the only one that has that WWII style weave pattern. The others all have the post war weave pattern.

Also, about half of these have the WWII slimmer/smaller buckle. But, with the post war weave pattern. Plus, the post war reinforced buckle.

Do you have any reference photos to compare the white thread/black finish buckle. To a true WWII one?

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Old 02-27-2022, 08:29 PM
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I do not.

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Interesting. The buckle is painted brass. The weave pattern is identical to the linked photo of the WWII one. I have around eight of these style canvas slings. This is the only one that has that WWII style weave pattern. The others all have the post war weave pattern.

Also, about half of these have the WWII slimmer/smaller buckle. But, with the post war weave pattern. Plus, the post war reinforced buckle.

Do you have any reference photos to compare the white thread/black finish buckle. To a true WWII one?
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Old 02-27-2022, 09:31 PM
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I do not.
I was looking around at other photos, of dated WWII canvas M1 sings.

You’re correct, about the stitching pattern being white and bigger. The buckle is darker too.

May be impossible to ID, when/where the sling was made.

I suppose though, with certain levels of “cottage industry” of WWII canvas production. There has to be variations.
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