I know this week has been a flood of press releases from Propaganda& Press Departments for SHOT show. It won’t last much longer, I promise. SHOT show week is a chore for me as much as it is for you. That in mind I wanted to take a minute to tune you into a company not at SHOT that makes something I get constantly asked about.
At The Front is a company here in KY (I have no association with them) that makes repro WW2 gear used by the US and German military. They are meticulous in making as good a copy as the original often using original material. The relevant product today is their leather M1907 Sling.
These are excellent, I use them myself and they get my seal of approval if my opinion means anything to you. I have had one for 2 decades at least. It only gets better with age. It is about 80 bucks but you are going to pay that much for any real quality leather sling.
“American made reproduction of the M1907 sling used in both world wars and Korea. This is the World War 1 pattern, made using blacked brass hardware and brass rivets. We make these in our own shop in central Kentucky using American veg tanned leather from Hermann Oak, tan linen thread and exact reproduction hardware. This is as close to a brand new sling from 1917 as one can find.
Marked “Kirkman 1917”.
Natural color leather? Yes. When brand new, military issue slings were light tan, nearly white. Collectors refer to this as “in the pink”- which refers to the color- not a dirty joke. Original slings still in said condition today fetch enormous prices.
Just like the originals, our slings will darken quickly with just exposure to sunlight and use- a little neetsfoot oil will hasten the change.
Black brass? Yes. The brass parts were given a dark lacquered finish, commonly called “japanning”. As the slings were used, this gradually wore off leaving the exposed brass as seen on most original slings today.
Fit? These are designed for the M1903 Springfield rifles and later used on the M1 Garands of WWII. They are also seen on BAR’s and Thompson submachineguns. They are 1.25″ wide and will generally fit most rifles with swivels of that width.
Made in USA “
They make a lot of neat stuff, even if you don’t want the sling check them out.