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    Do People Fake Slings Also ?

    I need a lesson from someone who knows slings. I know this doesn't quite pertain to the Carbine and all it's metal parts, but do people fake Slings, too. I have a '45 Inland that needs a Sling. I have a few, but there D tips. I read where they were never blued and the Buckle is thick and the Webbing is a different pattern and has a W Inside a Circle on the buckle and read that someone said they were fake. Both have the same name under the female side snap and appear different (Boston, Mass.) and they were all suppose to be Flat. Now I think there both fake. Can anyone tell by these 2... I was going to use one on my '45 Inland. Thank You for any help you can give.

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    A fake is something someone deliberately sells as genuine but is not. A reproduction is something sold as such with both the buyer and seller being aware.

    Slings for most older firearms are reproduced and many are sold as genuine. Reproductions are generally sold for a third to half of what an original sells for. They usually look brand new. A fake can be "aged"

    I don't know much at all about carbine slings so can't help you if yours are real or not. I'm not a purist so I use reproduction slings but I'd be pretty ticked if someone sold me a fake as an original.

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    Frank, Check the "sticky" threads on slings - also the search feature. You'll find lots of information - and also find that not everyone agrees as to what's real and what isn't. - Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by imntxs564 View Post
    I need a lesson from someone who knows slings. I know this doesn't quite pertain to the Carbine and all it's metal parts, but do people fake Slings, too. I have a '45 Inland that needs a Sling. I have a few, but there D tips. I read where they were never blued and the Buckle is thick and the Webbing is a different pattern and has a W Inside a Circle on the buckle and read that someone said they were fake. Both have the same name under the female side snap and appear different (Boston, Mass.) and they were all suppose to be Flat. Now I think there both fake. Can anyone tell by these 2... I was going to use one on my '45 Inland. Thank You for any help you can give.

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    Hi Frank, Try whatacountry.com. They currently have used original WW 2 era C-tip carbine slings in good condition for $52.00 each. These go pretty fast when they get them in stock. Regards, Jim

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    I would be a potential buyer for the one on the bottom (first picture) with the tight tan weave. It's a Reising M50 sling.

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    Martin; How do you tell the difference between an M1icon and Reising sling? I purchased one yrs. ago but it was 1.25" wide and is just like an carbine sling, so I use it on my tommy gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadycon View Post
    Martin; How do you tell the difference between an M1icon and Reising sling? I purchased one yrs. ago but it was 1.25" wide and is just like an carbine sling, so I use it on my tommy gun.
    Of course, there is a lot of ambiguity concerning sling application. An M1, Reising and Thompson sling are fairly interchangeable. And I may have spoken too soon, as the pictures don't show what I thought I saw - which would have been a greater distance between the snap and the post. This greater distance allowed for a keeper to be used on the snap end of the sling for the Reising application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin08 View Post
    I would be a potential buyer for the one on the bottom (first picture) with the tight tan weave. It's a Reising M50 sling.
    Martin, Just send me your address it's yours...I don't have Reising M50. It's on the house. I have that OD Green one I'm going to use.


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    Quote Originally Posted by imntxs564 View Post
    Martin, Just send me your address it's yours...I don't have Reising M50. It's on the house. I have that OD Green one I'm going to use.


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    Done, Frank! This is quite unexpected, and most appreciated sir!

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    Remember it's also easy to mistake an original sling for a reproduction/fake because new originals still seem to continue to be turned out of military storage at present. This is especially true of Sten Gun slings as thousands seem to have been sold off from military storage over the last few years- all apparently brand new but in fact more than 70 years old.

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