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    Question about the Army Arctic Sling

    Hi All,

    I just managed to secure one of these for my reenacting group and I'm not sure it's complete. Was the L2A1 "Sling Adjustable Metal Runner" ever deleted from the assembly? The gentleman I bought this sling from said it had come to him new and unissued, so I'm wondering if the part is missing or intentionally deleted by the Army.

    Thanks in advance!

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    The Army Arctic Sling is made up of 2 components:-
    SLING, small arms, polyester, L2A1 (1005-99-962-5382)
    SLING, small arms, polyester, L3A1 (1005-99-963-5821)

    Joined together they make a complete Army Arctic Sling.

    Can you post a pic of your sling, I will be able to tell if its complete.




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    OK, in Fig. 22 (the second image) the part labeled "L2A1 Sling Adjustable Metal Runner" is the part that looks to be missing.








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    thats a sling for a Heckler and Koch, (the diagonal bar in the "window", the L1A1 sling has a larger window with a stright bar)


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    Skiprat,

    What model of HK? MP5 or something else?

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    I remember that we had zillions of the bits and pieces to convert the L1A1 rifle to the Arctic sling configuration. Butts, butt sling loop assemblies and the handguard bands etc etc. What a palava to fit that lot to a batch of rifles going North. And then having to return them to standard configuration afterwards. The same applied to the L2 Sterling guns too!

    Once again, the REAL answer was to just use the longer Bren sling. That was long enough to allow you to sling the rifle over your thermal clothing. Or better still, later, the GPMG sling!

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    As Skiprat has said yours is a sling for the MP5 SMG. Not a Arctic sling for the L1A1 Rifle or Stirling SMG[COLOR="black"]

    The main advantage of this type of sling was the ability to carry the rifle straight up and down the center of the back as the sling enables it to be worn over both shoulders like a rucksack.

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    Blast, back to the drawing board... Thanks for the info everyone!

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    The trouble with slinging the rifle or SMG down the back was that it wasn't easily 'get-at-able' in an emergency especially while wearing thick winter thermals. Whereas carrying the rifle down across the chest on a long sling it was easily accessible AND allowed you to use your skis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longshaor View Post
    What model of HK? MP5 or something else?
    They look like the MP5 slings that I've had here. Both the black and green.
    Regards, Jim

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