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G.I. web sling

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ks_shooter, May 16, 2003.

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  1. ks_shooter

    ks_shooter Member

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    I purchased a G.I. OD cotton websling from an Army surplus store to put on my AR-15. I thought it would be more "authentic" looking, and it is legal for Highpower competition. After putting it on the rifle and playing around with it for a while, I have come to the conclusion that I HATE the J-clip that attaches the sling to the butt end of the rifle. This has got to be the noisiest arrangement I have ever seen. Did soldiers actually fight in the field with this thing? How did they sneak around with that clip going CLINK, CLINK, CLINK every time you move? I like the sling it all other aspects, but that clip has GOT to go. I thinking about either a nylon clip or a loop of sling webbing with a snap so I can still un-hook it quickly. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    I certainly agree that the clip is noisy, but if you change that, your sling will no longer be Service Rifle legal. Of course, you could always switch to a leather 1907 style sling and you won't have the noise problem.

    Art came in after me and said "tape." I thought of that, but its not SR legal either, so I skipped it. It is of course temporary, though.
     
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  3. Art Eatman

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    Tape.

    Addendum: Okay, no tape. Ya cain't even hang a hanky, there?

    Sheesh!

    :), Art
     
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    Yes the leather slings are better than the web slings for competetion. DPMS makes a nice black one for the AR.

    However, if you have the standard front sling swivel on your AR a tight sling will cause the bullet strike to go all over the place as you are actually pulling directly on the barrel and bending it. You need a float tube to use a sling on an AR for competetion and they cost around $150.
     
  6. Andrew Wyatt

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    why don't you get one of the nylon GI m-16 carrying straps?

    if they're not service rifle legal, they should be.
     
  7. Soap

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    They're good for carry if you tape 'em like Art sez. But for shooting, I'd prefer a leather sling like a Turner.
     
  8. Byron

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    In regard to slings in combat, we removed them & taped the front sling to eliminate noise. The rifle was carried with the thumb looped through the front part of the sight/carry handle and the rest of the hand around the area where the barrel joins the receiver or over the shoulder grasping the barrel.
    Byron Adams D Co., 3/8th INF, 4th ID Nam 68-69
     
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