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Re: Slings used on the Model 1868's

Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Thursday, 14 March 2019, at 11:30 a.m., in response to Re: Slings used on the Model 1868's, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 14 March 2019, at 10:35 a.m.

The term "1870" does not refer to the rifle model but to the date of adoption of the new sling. The '66 could easily accommodate the Model 1850 buff sling or the Model 1861 sling while the Model 1868's sling swivel arrangements made those slings too short. Thus, the. "gun, lengthened for musket, pattern 1870", (Ord Memo No. 19, p. 38), came about. As Dick points out, old items continued to be used, especially under Congress' insistence. New made 1870 slings of one piece did come about in the 1880's as the supply of CW slings ran out for conversion. Shortly thereafter, the Model 1887 sling came about. I am digging out my info from the Chief of Ordnance reports for a proposed book about annual issues to the Regular Army and will check when the new lengthened slings seem to first appear and when the steel scabbards came about.


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