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Russian and Com Bloc sling Identification



One of the many styles of expedient slings that were used during the war with substitute components. These slings varied in color from the un dyed cotton web pictured above to the darker green shown below. The construction of these slings is fairly crude and it is pretty clear that several patterns exist and that these may as well have been cottage industry production. The use of these slings is most probably for sub machine guns but there are some depictions of what appear to be these types of slings used on the Mosin carbines and SVT's. It is a best bet that these slings came about during the bleak years of the early war period for the Red Army when massive losses of equipment and supplies forced substitute standard replacements onto the field in order to equip the massive call ups of conscripts. This sling above is dated 1942 and uses the pigskin leather straps with pigskin "laces" to simply attach the sling to the loop. A small leather buckle allows the strap to be cinched in tight to the sling bar or swivel and keeps the straps from twisting.

A substitute standard web sling of the early war period in a army green color. Note the crudeness of the pigskin ties and straps and simple construction with no adjustment or provision for a buckle. A one size fits all kind of sling for a multitude of equipment that would require a carrying strap. Most likely a sub gun sling due to the narrow width of the strap or web body of the sling.

Close up of the strap and laces of pigskin and the leather buckle used to cinch in the straps.


Albanian 91/30

A simply constructed cotton sling of cloth or canvas. The edges are double stitched and a simple cast brass buckle is used. Plated buckles on the sling loops and double sling strap keepers are used. This sling is most probably a post war construction of Albanian origin as it is an early an identical copy of the Albanian SKS sling in gray/green color, construction and appearance.

East German (DDR) 91/30 and m/44

These all leather finely constructed slings are of East German (DDR) manufacture for the Mosin Nagant rifles in their service post war into the 1950's. The top sling is for the 91/30 rifle and is thinner in width than the lower sling for the m/44 carbine. The leather is finely tanned and finished with a rolled seam and brass buckles are used on both. Steel buckles have ben observed as well. The sling keeper and loops are of the same equity construction and are sewn in construction.

Detail of the slings ends and sling loops. Note the stitched construction and the nicely rolled edges. A simple zinc coated steel buckle is used on this 91/30 sling. These are very well constructed slings and are quite scarce today due to limited production and the destruction of the slings after the collapse of the DDR in the 1980's when tons of government surplus was disposed of or destroyed.

The makers ink stamps inside of the 91/30 sling above and the m/44 sling below. Note the quality 1 acceptance stamping on the sling for the m/44 carbine. The m/44 carbine on the bottom carries in its ink stamp the date of March 1954.

Polish 91/30 and m/44

The Polish versions of the Mosin Nagant slings. The top being the m/91-30 and the bottom the m/44 carbine. As far as I am concerned the DDR slings in leather are of the best construction in that material and the Polish slings in green cotton webbing are the best in web construction. Finely finished, quality construction and attention to detail make these the best web sling in the com bloc series The green painted zinc coated steel buckles quickly identify this sling as well as the tight weave green cotton web material used for the sling body.

The sling ends of the Polish Mosin Nagant slings. The top for the m/91-30 is marked "P1" in a diamond and the bottom for the shorter m/44 is unmarked on the slings forward leather reinforcement section.

The ink markings on the m/91-30 sling on the left identify this sling as being made in May of 1953. The m/44 sling on the right is not able to be made out.

Romanian 91/30 and m/44

The Romanian m/91-30 sling in a high grade leather dyed and tanned in a red brown color and using a blued square steel buckle and fittings. The sling keeper and sling loops as well as the sling body utilize rivets instead of a sewn construction.

Chinese T-53

Two slings of Chinese origin. The top sling was retrieved from Korea in 1953 on a Russian made m/44 carbine dated 1945. It is most definitely a Russian construction sling of wartime fabrication but utilizing the rough hemp rope as sling loops.  The bottom sling is of Chinese construction for the T-53 Mosin Nagant Carbine. It is a light brown dyed cotton web construction with no sling keeper. The bare zinc coated steel buckle is square and the body of the sling slightly thinner then its com bloc cousins. The sling loop is a simple leather strap closed by a braided cotton twine.

Close up of the buckle and sling loop of the Chinese T-53 carbine sling. No leather reinforcement is present on this sling and it is of extremely simple construction utilizing a minimum of material.





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