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US - M1907 - 1903 Springfield, M1917 Enfield, M1 Garand, No.4(T), M14, Win 70 USMC, M40 USMC

SOME SAD NEWS
I just found out that a good friend in the USA passed away at the end of last year.
John H Weller was a fine M1907 sling maker & he helped me a lot in my early efforts at M1907 sling making.
Even though we never met we chatted on the phone a few times over the years & I was able to help him out in a few small ways when he needed supplies from England.
He will be missed!

R.I.P.

~

I specialise in making military specification US M1907 leather slings.

(for M1907 sling fitting/adjusting instructions, click here)

These are ideal for the M1903 Springfield series of rifles, as well as the US issued M1917 (the US version of the British P.14), the WW2 US issued M1 Garand,
the Korean War & Vietnam issued Winchester 70 sniper rifle, the Vietnam issued M14 rifle & the Vietnam to current day issue M40 USMC sniper rifle.
The M1907 sling was also part of the C.E.S. (Complete Equipment Schedule) for the WW2 British No.4(T) sniper rifle & sometimes seen on the L42 rifle
.

Unlike the cheap Chinese/Far Eastern "MRT" copies currently flooding the market, my slings use the correct 10-oz weight of vegetable tanned leather,
correct
parkerised steel fittings (good to go = in stock)  or blackened brass (sorry, brass metalwork is on back-order)
& are fully hand-sewn throughout - including the two hand-sewn keepers.
These slings have sold very well over the last 10 years or so, with many repeat orders from customers at Bisley as well as several WW2 re-enactors.

MY M1907 slings are MADE TO BE USED
These slings will take the same level of punishment & abuse that the original issue slings were subjected to on the battlefields of WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, etc.


My M1907 slings are marked with a "R.I.A. 1942 JM" stamp (photo's below):
as this looks like a WW2 maker mark but was designed by myself to give the slings a contemporary feel,
yet be obvious to collectors that the slings are not of WW2 vintage.

I can also mark slings with a similar "period" 1918 dated stamp, for WW1 Doughboy approval.


I'm NOW IN STOCK! of the metal D-rings (loops) -
(THAT ONLY TOOK ABOUT 3 YEARS OR SO!)
These new D-rings are steel, so are correct for the most commonly seen M1907 slings
& are well matched to the 1942 date stamp I add to the sling, plus the current frogs I use are steel too.

My default M1907 sling is in undyed natural leather, with the "RIA 1942 JM" stamp.
UNLESS YOU ASK FOR ANOTHER YEAR/COLOUR, THE DEFAULT ABOVE IS WHAT YOU WILL GET


PRICE  £55 ea., inc. P&P worldwide


Image from a WW2 Field Manual on the M1903 Rifle, showing M1907 sling layout & part names

...in the pic above the sling would attach to the rifle with the muzzle pointing to the right
(the short strap is ALWAYS the lower strap & is the one looped through the butt swivel)



RIA

1942
JM




ROCK ISLAND
ARSENAL
1918



Detail of "castle" sewing on short strap near "D" ring


The hooks

The "Keepers"


A finished M1907 sling ready to mail out


Another version - unmarked & dyed a light tan shade - by special request