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German Made Mosin Nagant Slings

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German Made Mosin Nagant Slings

#1 Post by Phantom 778 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:49 pm

I have recently noticed all leather mosin nagant slings floating around the internet for sale, especially on eBay. These slings are described as "war reparations" the Germans produced for the Soviet Union. The most common date I have seen stamped on these leather slings is 1948. Most of these slings are labeled as "unissued." Does anyone know if these slings were actually utilized or were they just warehoused and eventually sold on the surplus market. They look very nice and I am considering picking one up, especially since early M1891 leather slings are so rare. And unlike a leather reproduction, these war reparations slings are actually part of post World War 2 history. I have encluded a few pictures. Any thoughts?
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Re: German Made Mosin Nagant Slings

#2 Post by 72 usmc » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:10 pm

I was always told these are East German (DDR) manufacture for the Mosin Nagant rifles in their commie service, used post war into the 1950's.
see middle of source: http://www.mosinnagant.net/USSR/RUssian ... spage2.asp

East Germans did use Mosins: http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinRareDDR.htm

Mosin rifles with the triangle 1 may have been refurbished by East Germany at the Ernst Thaelmann works in Suhl and should be stamped with this marking. Terrance W. Lapin, in his book "The Mosin-Nagant Rifle" second edition: 2000, page 194 says that the numerals 1-2-3 in a triangle indicate rifles refurbished in the DDR and that triangle with a 1 inside indicates a first quality weapon, while triangle 2 and 3 indicates lower condition weapons. More information is found on the bottom of page 124. I do not have the newer editions. His book is now in its 6th edition, I guess its time to update. :doh:
Some close up photos:
https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread ... DDR-slings

Back in the day everyone wanted a Triangle with a 1 inside DDR 91/30 rifle and they put these expensive $20 leather slings on them. Back then a web brownish green Russian sling was 6-10 bucks. Most of mine are on my DDR marked rifles. Here are pictures of details on 2 of the East German DDR slings I never used. 1948 & 1950 dated. I think the latest dated sling I had was 1952. These all had stampings on the reverse and were a light tan color. Most were new unissued condition. I miss the days of the $79 Mosins.
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Look for this stamp on your Mosin:
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Re: German Made Mosin Nagant Slings

#3 Post by 72 usmc » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:53 pm

Some of the details:
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Re: German Made Mosin Nagant Slings

#4 Post by 72 usmc » Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:34 pm

My 2 cents of input. I would take a filthy, used, brownish, coarse web cloth sling on a common Mosin all day long.
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Or on some, I have the Naval Black cloth web slings. No nylon reproductions. Now if it is a Finn, I favor the oval buckle, leather sling. On my M44s I put slings marked to the country of origin: a Polish marked sling on a Polish rifle ....

http://www.mosinnagant.net/USSR/Russian ... slings.asp

http://www.mosinnagant.net/USSR/RUssian ... spage2.asp

http://www.rollanet.org/~stacyw/russian ... _sling.htm

Make sure you buy an original Leather DDR and not late modern leather sling. Mine were well constructed thick leather, stiching remains intact and not rotten. Well sewn with thick thread and the leather was not dry or cracking. Get one with visible markings and date. These are well made. I put them on DDR Mosins. There are two lengths carbine & rifle. You buy what you like. I got one on my mint 1948 Mosin M44.The sling is dated 1948 too. The one you show from Ostfront military is an original.
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