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Posted: 12/27/2008 1:20:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/27/2008 1:39:45 PM EST by hadite81]
Looking for info on the standard issue rifle slings that were issued on earlier COLT rifles with triangle handguards. I'm thinking Viet Nam Era / 1970's
I found some info recently RIFLE SLING. M-1, M-1D. OD WEB. 1979 DATED. *NEW* U.S. Is this close?

Link Posted: 12/27/2008 1:47:07 PM EST
Check in at the retro forum. There is a thread on them there.
Link Posted: 12/27/2008 1:48:25 PM EST
Depends on which part of the war you're thinking of, early, middle or late.

Originally the cotton web sling, and a variant of it, from the M1 Garand where what was issued. But the cotton would rot away in the humid SE Asia climate. So the material was changed to a nylon with a seatbelt style weave to it. At the tail end of the war the black silent sling was developed. But some of our members were stationed in Germany in the '80s and still getting the nylon seatbelt sling issued to their units.

I have a cotton M1 sling on my Model 604 (Air Force M16) clone, a nylon seatbelt type on my XM177 clone and a silent sling on my Model 603 (M16A1) clone.

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