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    Arisaka Sling Preservation

    I recently received a Koshikawa Type 38 from a friend who was asking me to refurbish it. The rifle was missing the safety/cocking knob, firing pin and firing pin spring (all ordered and on the way). Overall, there wasn't anything special about the rifle itself seeing as the Mum was also scrubbed. What was interesting is that it came with a bayonet (Nagoya in excellent condition, and even better, a canvas sling with a cloth label showing Japaneseicon kanji characters. I did some light research and I could find very few pictures of these slings on the internet.

    I had heard of these slings but had never seen one. It is in really good shape other than some rust on the buckle and wire attachments. The canvas is in excellent shape and very pliable. I shared photos of it with a trusted expert on this forum and he confirmed it was a genuine late-war sling for a Type 2 paratrooper rifle (see attached photos).

    My question is, what is the best way to preserve this piece of history? When I return it to the owner, I would like to advise him reference how to care for this special piece (and if he will sell it to me, then I want to know for myself!). Also, if I were to make an offer, what would be considered fair? As always, your advice and recommendations are truly appreciated!
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    Not too much to stop aging except perhaps a bit of careful rust removal. The cost? If Kerr No-Buckle sling is $100 these must be all of that? These are even more rare?
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Not too much to stop aging except perhaps a bit of careful rust removal. The cost? If Kerr No-Buckle sling is $100 these must be all of that? These are even more rare?
    That's what I was thinking but I was worried the oil or rust removing agent would stain the canvas.

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    I'd avoid any liquids at all, as they likely will stain. At best a bit of scuffing to remove rust? Don't want to dirty up the surrounding area.
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    I would use a new tooth brush with stiff bristles and nothing else for the metal. As state do not use any liquids as they will stain.

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    I used your advice. Definitely looks better. When I got done with the brushing, I used compressed air to blow the brush debris off of the sling.

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    It is a very well preserved sling as is. Just keep in an environment of around 40% humidity and away from UV light rays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin08 View Post
    It is a very well preserved sling as is. Just keep in an environment of around 40% humidity and away from UV light rays.
    Thank you sir! Any recommendation reference whether it should be wrapped in something, and if so, what?

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    I believe the best recommendation going forward is just proper storage.

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    Does anyone know what the characters say/mean?
    I am intrigued to know if it was something that the individual added or if it was from the manufacturer?

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