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Have been selling these around for a while, and it's become a sort of hobby in and of itself.

I do slings.

Have high quality replicas, right now primarily M1907 U.S. leather units.

Also have some very high quality repros of the Swiss K-31 leather sling. Those are $26.50 a pop one at time, but I can usually discount that some if you order with another strap.

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There are lots more photos on flickr.com. Smart thing to do is establish an account and sign in. I have about 9300 shots there. San Diego AeroSpace Museum has a lot. The Colt photo collection under Ct. State Library is on flickr.com. Millions of shots. No spam. Once in, photos can be enlarged, captions read, searches done, and so on.

M1907's are all to regulation. There are two grades, premium is $34.00 each. All premiums have brass fittings and hooks. They are select, 12-ounce leather, drum-dyed, very supple and sturdy. They even smell good. All hooks/fittings on these are BRASS. There are NO blackened steel furniture setups on the premiums. Markings are WW2 JT&L 1942, ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL 1918, and UNMARKED. These can be conditione/neatsfooted much darker.

Some shots:

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Again, signed in, there are about 100 shots of these that can be viewed in a quick search.

Standard leather M1907 slings offer much more variety. They're $30.00 each. They're about 10 ounce leather, albeit the Kerr 1917 and Singer 1942 versions are very close to 12 ounce quality. Have MILSCO 1944 in dyed/black fittings, undyed brass, plain blackened steel fittings. JT&L 1944 (black). RIA 1941 polished "white". Unmarked dyed cordovan brown with brass fittings. Kerr 1917 (all brass ftgs)... Rock Island 1918 (brass). Lots of versions of MILSCO (Milwaukee Saddle Company) 1942--brass, standard blackened steel hooked, dyed with black fittings, etc. Singer 1942 (black ftgs). Oddments of others.

Almost all can be oil blotch and light scratching/dye "fatigued" for $5.00 additional per sling. You can do this yourself, by the way, rather easily. I use neatsfoot, coffee grounds, diluted leather die, and so on. I pay all postage at these prices, unless expedited delivery is required.

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These were by FAR the most common and most practical strap used on rifles during World War II. In infantry outfits, in fact, there was seldom anything else almost until the end of World War II.

Walt Ehlers, M of H winner, remarked on that very detail during his last interview.

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Things always change. PM's or e-mails will be responded to quickly.

Questions? Ask 'em.

Again: if you sign in, everything can be read, sized, searched for, and enjoyed. Otherwise, it's like looking at mysterious postage stamps.

https://www.flickr.com/photos_user.gne?path=&[email protected]&page=&details=1

I even have a single white one right now!!

Yes, I am the guy who wrote and photographed THE ESSENTIAL M1 GARAND.

The web slings came out about midwar, but aren't often seen on front-line infantry photos. Hodges' Second Army had some by early '45, almost the very end, and boat crews used them on rifles.

These are all repros. Most authories don't recommend using original slings for actual rifle carry. They tend to break suddenly, which not only compromises the strap, but launches the rifle someplace gravity takes it.

It's happened to me TWICE.

In service, slings were issued at the unit level, and with what little evidence exists and can be read, the slings were most often OLDER than the rifles to which they were fitted when new.

Yes, a lot of WWI straps saw service in World War II.

Anyway, I sometimes have other things, too.

Used to have 50-60 rifles, and of course, this thing got started. Now, I'm retired and it's a hobby/sideline.

 

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I seem to have an excess of brown-dyed M1907 clones. If you want 'em, specify "two dyed" and I'll ship you a pair at the sale price of $50.00 until, say, JANUARY 5th or until I get low, whichever comes first.

Have brass and black hooked version.

Thanks.
 

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These work fine with 03's and '03A3 rifles, as well as Enfield Model of 1917's. The fatigued, premium versions will outlast rifles, owners, barrels...they're that sturdy, with 12-ounce leather.

If one uses the sling wraps, however, and shoots a lot, keepers will wear out. I do have a small supply.

Offering specials as noted, and these are a real nice stocking stuffer or other gift for any shooters or collectors one may know.

Old originals are too fragile and valuable to be on rifles used hard or frequently.
 

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Still have a good stock of these, quite a variety, and it should be noted: they're a nicely sized, sensibly priced gift, too.
 

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Have good stocks of the 1917 and 1918 marked versions, too, by the way.

Last shipments before the holidays are now in hand.

Got more brown-dyed, so will extend that "special" until or unless my inventory goes down. Have brass and black fitted, UNMARKED--regulation length and so on. If you want two, just specify, as noted above, "Two dyed".

The other inventory reduction special ends real soon.

All standard slings, ordered by marking etc. = $30 each
Inventory reduction specials on above, as explained=$50 pair
Premium 12 0z. drum dyed--$34 each
Fatiguing or neatsfooting on above UNDYED specimens or light drum-dyed $5.00 additional PER SLING
 

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Forgot to add his prices are excellent and he is very knowledgeable on which sling works best for which application. Give him a try. He's a very nice guy to do business with. He is getting K31 slings in January. Can't wait to get one.
 

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Forgot to add his prices are excellent and he is very knowledgeable on which sling works best for which application. Give him a try. He's a very nice guy to do business with. He is getting K31 slings in January. Can't wait to get one.
It looks as if the Swiss leather and the Brit-style web slings will be early. I expect to have them by Friday or so. I have an early Brit leather with the ties ( though they saw use in both wars, they were seldom made after 1908 or so ) in that shipment, too.

Thanks for the praise.
 

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Still plenty, and yes, can offer that "two for $50.00" inventory reduction on pairs of standard units IF I PICK THEM.

Otherwise, standard units are $30 a pop, premiums $34.00. Fatiguing is $5.00 extra.

Have some Swiss leather for the K-31 and others and some Enfield/Martini/Lee-Enfield leather straps, too. Even a web UK strap, reproduction but beautifully done.
 

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As noted: Singles $26.50 a pop, SHIPPED, but if you want both, I can drop that quite a bit. Today is 3/9/2021. I'll do $42.00 for both, SHIPPED, if such a deal firms up and gets moving by tomorrow evening, the 10th.

Unfortunately, for now, no electronic payment means. Old fashioned check or money order. PM for info if/as necessary.
 
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