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Old October 26, 2018, 15:56   #1
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Green nylon slings

When did the Brits start using the green nylon slings? Did any other commonwealth countries use them?
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Old October 26, 2018, 19:18   #2
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I have a couple that I believe are Australian in a vibrant jungle green.
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Old October 26, 2018, 19:32   #3
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They are cotton though right?
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Old October 27, 2018, 07:44   #4
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I had several of those nice nylon L1A1 slings - lost them all in a fire. Where can a guy get some ?.
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Old October 27, 2018, 08:03   #5
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Numrich has them. I think they are about seven bucks.
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Old October 27, 2018, 15:24   #6
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The Brits like the US had problems with cotton gear rotting in Nam. So some M14, M16 and L1A1 slings were nylon. Australia, and Canada kept cotton. None of these were dated.
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Old October 28, 2018, 20:01   #7
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Israel used the same green nylon sling as the Brits. My SAR48 came new with a Brit style green nylon sling.

Here's an Israeli sling on one of my ARs:



And essentially the same sling from the Brits on my #4 7.62mm:

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Old October 28, 2018, 23:40   #8
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The Brits like the US had problems with cotton gear rotting in Nam.
I do suspect that you miss typed that, but the Brits didn't have an issue in Vietnam, Malaya, Borneo or Belize perhaps but not Vietnam.
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I had several of those nice nylon L1A1 slings - lost them all in a fire. Where can a guy get some ?.
Here ya go sir:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/790017851
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Old October 29, 2018, 12:26   #10
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Andy thanks, you're right. The Brits only participated in the first Vietnam war along with the French. That mess ended up becoming the second Vietnam war, that the US and Aussies participated in. With that, the cotton web gear went away. You're not always told the truth by the military you serve, but it does make sense that cotton would more vulnerable to mold than nylon in a wet environment.
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Thanks for the link. I finally got around to looking it over and sent them a question on length and origina of make. I recall the nylon SLR slings I had were a tad longer than the SMLE slings. The sling they show looks to be of typical SMLE length...hard to tell though. No attribute to whom made them on the GB posting. Well I'll see if they shed some light on that.
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I think the slings they are selling are for SMLE/No4 rifles and out of paki/india. They replied with 46" length and that they think they are "original". The nylon SLR slings I had were longer than 46".... the length they have is not adequate for an SLR , especially with gear on.
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They are cotton though right?

They look like tough nylon to my eye but I could be wrong.
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