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    I have noticed, occasionally, people attempting to sell rifle slings as Bren slings simply by attaching hooks at each end, saying it's a Bren sling and then asking the higher price that Bren slings tend to go for. Were the shorter rifle slings sometimes used on the Bren if a "short" sling was required for some specific reason/operation?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    Were the shorter rifle slings sometimes used on the Bren if a "short" sling was required for some specific reason/operation?
    There's Bren slings and not Bren slings...so no.
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    The ONLY instance of RIFLE sling's being used with Bren.
    Was x 2 of them, fitted to the Tripod. To enable it to be carried on a Soldiers Back in the Field.

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    And not that Ammo/utility X harness often sold as the Bren Tripod carrier. It's so universally known by the Dealers that they are for the tripod that no one can persuade them its bollocks!

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    Up until mid 1944 ALL Bren slings were standard length rifle slings with hooks added. Briefly there was a version with about 12 inches of extra strap riveted into the middle of the sling with two folded brass plates. Once long slings entered the supply chain the extended versions stop being seen.

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    I'm not so sure about that Tom........ Don't have my CES papers here and handy but I'm convinced that the gun was introduced with a long sling. There were shortages of course, hence the authority to extend rifle slings to suit. Like I always say, I stand to be corrected

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    Cool, if you can find a CES that refers to a 58" sling prior to 1944 I'll be convinced, but there's zip so far, Or if someone has one dated 1943 or earlier. Everything from LoCs, D,D,(E)., ACIs, the parts lists I've seen etc refer to rifle slings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tankhunter View Post
    The ONLY instance of RIFLE sling's being used with Bren.
    Was x 2 of them, fitted to the Tripod. To enable it to be carried on a Soldiers Back in the Field.
    As Tom says No long Bren slings before 44 - Weapons: Slings

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    If that's the case, and I don't misbelieve it, then it really defies belief. A short rifle length Bren sling would be purgatory to use to carry the gun. It'd be far too high. The gun would be up under your arm pit. I'll have a read of the introduction detail........ again!

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    I just checked my small supply and the Canadianicon ZL&T Ltd. ones are 56" and the Britishicon MEC 57". All are dated '44. I could have sworn I had a Canadian one that was dated '43 but could be wrong and it's long gone!

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