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Re: Leather sling & bayonet
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, at 10:44 a.m., in response to Re: Leather sling & bayonet, posted by Tony Beck on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, at 9:52 a.m.
Absolutely correct as to dating, but In fact, I do not believe that rifles were issued "with" slings. Bayonets, yes, the crates had provision for holding them, but I have seen, in contemporary official correspondence, wording to the effect that "gunslings were to be transferred to the new arms." At that time slings were not weapon-specific, just a hunk of strapping to carry the arm under a very few isolated circumstances.
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