Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Rifle sling

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Would you know what was the correct issue sling for a Lee Enfield No. 4 Mk.1 (t) sniper rifle. Was it leather and would any Lee Enfield sling be correct.

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Hello Robert.
  Good question. At the opening of WWI, much fighting was done from the trenches. Original SMLE's were equipped with leather slings (P-14). However, leather was prone to rotting in wet places(trenches). Therefore, these were replaced, for the most part, with the Pattern '08. This was a canvas web construction with metal ends and rivets. Leather slings were still being used in less combative areas. There was a short period when the supply of canvas web slings could not keep up demand, so a layered canvas, sewn together, sling was temporarily issued. By the time of the manufacture of the SMLE No.4, canvas web was the issue of record. There have been a very small number of leather slings found with the "broad arrow" and the date "1940" stamped on them, issued with Australian Commonwealth rifles.
  So, the research I have done, and the very issue of 'web vs. leather', leads me to believe that the canvas web sling, with metal ends, is the correct issue for the SMLE No.4 MK1(T) sniper rifle. A word of caution: There are many more 'fakes' on the market than 'original' sniper rifles.
  I hope this helps answer your question, and thank you for asking for me. Charles Gage  

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

Education/Credentials
I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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