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Help identifying a SMLE Rifle Sling

Article about: Hi Forum, I was hoping that somebody could shed some light on when this SMLE rifle was manufactured, and where? The weave seems quite coarse. Many thanks. Paul

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    Default Help identifying a SMLE Rifle Sling

    Hi Forum,

    I was hoping that somebody could shed some light on when this SMLE rifle was manufactured, and where? The weave seems quite coarse.

    Many thanks.

    Paul

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    It isn't necessarily a sling for an SMLE, it could be for a No4, or even an SLR. These slings were in use for an awful long time. Sorry, but I can't help you with the date of manufacture.
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    Looking at the weave and the ink stamps I think its Indian. The 'AA' stamp on the brass work is one I've seen on Indian kit as well.

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    It definitely looks Indian to me as well!

    'Ca' was a major Indian maker during both wars, but I'm not sure if this stamp refers to that particular maker though as 1978 seems like a late date.

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