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    Marked Carbine Sling

    I recently picked up this khaki carbine sling for a reasonable price; nice condition and no real issues. I hadn't unhooked the "Lift the Dot" until I had it home, and then opened it and found the marking "S.M. Co." over "1943". It's my first sling that has any manufacturer's marking on it. I believe it to be correct after looking at other examples online, but some of the comments say that this marking is "rare." I paid $45 and it's not for sale, but I would appreciate knowing if the marking is rare and, if so, what would be a reasonable price for something like this.






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    I have some marked slings. A few of them are S.M. Co. But all of mine are dated 1944 not 1943.



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    Most carbine slings from WWII for carbine production were unmarked.


    Here are a few more markings from WWII:







    One note: When you see S. M.CO markings, they are either fakes or legit slings with fake markings. The O was never capitalized. S.M.Co is correct.

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    Bill,

    Do you know who the makers are of the slings you show?

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    The only marking on the sole GI sling I have is ".25c" (cents sign) in grease pencil on the back. Kinda brings a tear to y our eye, don't it?
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    Thorin; nice sling.

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    NICE score thorin6!

    I've never seen a 43 dated sling either, and it's in outstanding condition.

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    G-S - Garco Products for Standard Products

    G-S Overmarked with S.M.C. is a Garco sling which was over inventoried as Standard Products lost its contract (assumption) and sold to Sturges Manufacturing Co.

    One of the problems is for years I and everybody else based upon my sling research have always assumed S equals Schlegel. But since Schlegel has had different S markings, along with Standard Products (S-S2), I now think there is a small chance the S could be another maker like Springfield Leather Goods, or Charles Sorin Company. I doubt it is Sturges. Small chance, but nothing that can be confirmed yet.

    S-S2 - Schlegel Manufacturing for Standard Products.

    Not easy to see due the image size but these marks are quite scarce:

    S.M.Co
    1942 (Closed)

    S.M.Co
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    Bill,
    Thanks for the info.
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    Here's a picture of ones dated 1942 that was posted here in January. - Bob


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