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    The big difference between the M1923 sling and the M1icon (simple web sling) is that the M1923 makes an excellent shooting sling - just like the leather M1907 - providing solid support as a shooting platform when "slung up" properly, and greater accuracy potential. The M1 could not be used as a shooting sling in combat - you have to take it off the rifle and reverse the clip to use it that way, and it is still a poor substitute for either the M1923 or the M1907, overall - much less versatile. The M1923 was designed to replace the M1907 - lighter, cheaper and without the problems that come with leather that decays pretty easily - cracking, stretching when wet, etc. CC
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    Quote Originally Posted by lcgivz12 View Post
    Which one is WW2 period correct?
    Simple, look through pictures of men carrying weapons in Europe and the Pacific and you decide...

    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Colt View Post
    The M1923 was designed to replace the M1907
    No matter how much you wish it were, the M1923 didn't see any substantial use...at all.
    Regards, Jim

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    I am aware it was not wildly popular in US Service, but it was apparently supplied pretty extensively on M1s and M1903s Lend Leased to Englandicon, New Zealand and Australiaicon. I have read and heard of them being found often on repatriated Lend Lease '03s and M1s. Due to this, and the fact they keep turning up, some brand new, would lead me to believe they were made in the thousands - but how many I don't know. And how they became an item in the Thompson catalog I have no idea...

    My enthusiasm for the M1923 sling is based on what I see as it's merits as a shooting sling, not on it's historical use. I have worked with three originals occasionally over the last seven or eight years and I think it was a very good but poorly understood item that, had it been properly described in manuals and troops given proper instruction when it was issued, would have been a lot more popular and would have rendered the lesser M1icon sling unnecessary - except perhaps for cost issues. And the fact that they were still spending the money to be Mildew Resistant Treating them while still in inventory at least as late as 1951 (and commonly seen so marked today) means they stayed in the US Ordnance system at least up to Korea.

    In it's current incarnation I see it as a good product that has merit for people who actually shoot their classic US .mil rifles. And being all US Made and available at a pretty reasonable price, I felt someone should at least mention it's availability. CC



    It would be interesting to know how many were made - I'm sure there are records somewhere. CC
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