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    Carbine Sling Sperts Forward

    May be in here somewhere. I am weak in several areas, but carbine slings are one of my best weaknesses.

    I have a nice GI sling that is not marked, but the hardware is. The snap has a mark as follows, "United Carr Boston Mass". The D-clip is stamped "IRT" and 9-62 in the press-mark indention.

    I take this to be a Vietnam era sling manufactured by Carr Fasteners?

    Elementary for a sling-spert I am sure, but not for me.

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    Flyd,
    As you may know by now,
    United Carr only made fasteners not any Web gear.
    Your sling would be post WWII. The IRT stamp may be a partial miss for MRT which is the Mildew Treatment, 9-62 date of treatment.
    Post WWII D tips were made from steel or brass. One contract in the 50's for brass tips. Most brass d tips were made in the early 60's per Bill Ricca.

    Edit to add from Bill Ricca:
    "After WWII I have been able to find only one maker, but there were at least 4 different contracts from 1951-1964. I suspect there was more than one maker, but I cannot confirm any."

    Just me thinking after reading MR. Ricca's information,
    I'd imagine if a D tip were steel it was made shortly after WWII.
    Brass tips from the one contract during the 50's or the early 60's contracts.

    I've seen Vietnam era pictures with D tip slings in use.
    I also recall pictures of D tips during the 67 Detroit riots.

    HTH,
    Last edited by painter777; 08-30-2019 at 05:58 PM. Reason: add info
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    Web sling, D tip.
    National Guardsman during 1967 Detroit Riots.

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    Yep. I have the info. Like many, many others of us, I hang around on other forums too.

    Thanks Charlie!

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    Just to add a vey little bit to what Painter said, the MRT means specifically "MILDEW RESISTANT TREATMENT"; thus MRT. Treatment was instituted post WWII due to the rotting of web materials in the jungles during the war.

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