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Posted: 1/7/2006 2:47:41 PM EDT
What do I need to look for? Period type, of course.

I just picked up a nylon sling similar to the canvas Garand sling. If I remove the clip at the rear is it what I want to use? If not at least it'll be right at home for the M16a1 kit sitting in the closet.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:42:27 AM EDT
I think we need to find where UXB is hiding.

I have some interesting friends that did interesting things back in the day. I'll ask them what they used, and we can see if their world was the same as standard issue with the slings.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 9:58:15 AM EDT
Thanks Stickman.

I've looked and can't seem to find many decent pics.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 8:06:01 PM EDT
Early nylon M16A1 sling is appropriate:



I did have the opportunity to use a boot lace as a field expedient sling once and it worked just fine...
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 5:58:59 AM EDT
Awesome! Thanks uxb! I couldn't remember if that pic had a sling in it or not. And I don't have saved.

Well, I do now.

I saw the pic of yours in the other thread. Looks great, can't wait to see it when it's finished.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 2:46:06 PM EDT
Ok, I talked to people, and have info. I'll PM it to you.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:05:04 PM EDT
Great, thanks Stick!
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 12:21:44 AM EDT
where would one find such a sling?

Link Posted: 1/14/2006 6:49:22 AM EDT
I found mine in a $1.00 misc. parts box at my gunsmith's. And then he gave it to me free*. Brand spanking new. All I had to do was send it through the laundry to get the funk out of it.

* - Well, not quite. He asked me to bring my preban Colt by so he could measure how far back to thread the muzzle. 5/8" - .625". He's been getting some requests and was thinking he was threading back a bit too much.

Score one for Bob!
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 11:58:36 AM EDT
so its a std. nylon sling?
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 7:46:22 PM EDT
It's identical to the M1 Garand cotton web sling, including the buckles, clasp and hook, only made out of a green nylon web. It's not the black nylon web sling with two buckles that is more recent. I've heard that one refered to as the "silent sling." My 1979 SP1 came with this style, and I imagine it may still be current with the new rifles as well.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 3:53:57 PM EDT
I believe the standard M1 sling would be as correct. I have a field manual for the XM177E2 and it shows and lists "M1 sling" as one of the accessories. The standard M1 sling was the most common M16 sling so I suppose it wound up on all the "shorties" as well.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:17:02 PM EDT


so its a std. nylon sling?



Green nylon, basically like the old WWII Garand sling. We were still issued these in the early 80’s.




Link Posted: 1/24/2006 7:52:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QUIB:
We were still issued these in the early 80’s.




I have a few of the garand style slings, but mine are in desert tan. These are made of the cotton/canvas material instead of nylon. The label doesn't specify M16xx use, only "Sling, Small Arms / Day (Desert)" and "Level A 4/91" along with some NSN numbers. So this type sling is in use at least up to the Desert Storm era.
T-$
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 8:49:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 8:51:38 AM EDT by Captn_Jerry]
Here you go:
Early M16 Slings
Click on the slings tab and they are almost all the way down to the bottom of the page.

CJ
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 10:33:49 AM EDT
That's a cool link CJ. Thanks!
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 6:13:55 AM EDT
I couldn't find the vendor (advertises in Shotgun News - might be Charlie's Surplus) but I have seen several photographs of the double-carbine-hook sling; it's like a duffle bag or M60 sling, about 2" wide, with snap-hooks at both ends, and it was commonly used as a sling for the XM177 types, with one hook snapped into or around the front sight base.

I think this is the arrangement used on the statue of Dick Meadows at Ft. Bragg.

Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:55:51 AM EDT
I guess I'm not familiar with that setup.
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