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Some Finnish rifle slings....

Article about: Every rifle needs a sling, so over the years I've tried to pick up as many Finn Mosin slings as I can find - usually before I find the appropriate rifle for it to go on.... Late Continuation

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    Every rifle needs a sling, so over the years I've tried to pick up as many Finn Mosin slings as I can find - usually before I find the appropriate rifle for it to go on....

    Late Continuation War Depot replacement sling with reused oval buckle..





    Finnish Issue Italian Mannlicher Carcano sling...





    Two Piece Civil Guard sling - commonly associated with M28-30 rifles..





    Not too sure about this one.... Vic Thomas has called it a Continuation War M28 sling, but I think its probably more suitable for a carbine of some description? Its shorter than most Finn rifle slings.





    Civil Guard Depot Replacement web sling - most commonly associated with Civil Guard issue M39s...





    Civil Guard M91/M24 sling. Marked 'SY 1925'.









    Finnish Captured Soviet M91/30 sling...





    Late Continuation War Depot Replacement web sling







    Civil Guard One Piece Leather sling. Marked 'SY 30'. Commonly seen on M28 rifles..









    Green leather M39 Sling





    Grey leather M39 sling - post war.





    Green leather M39 sling - with reused oval buckle.





    Army Leather sling with rectangular buckle. Most commonly seen on M91 and M27 rifles. Made from 1936 onwards - perhaps the most commonly used Finnish sling in WW2??





    'Ersatz' rubberised canvas sling. Also known as a 'tractor belt' sling.





    I'm keen to see if anyone can add any info to what I've posted - there are a few gaps in my knowledge.

    I should also mention that the Finns used whatever sling they had on hand to put on whatever rifle, so technically any rifle/sling combo is correct - I even have a photo of a Finnish soldier with a Carcano sling on his M39...

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    Great collection of slings - thanks for posting!

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    Here's another variation of a wartime Soviet M91/30 sling captured by the Finns in WW2.

    It appears to be a Soviet 'ersatz' variation - the buckle is much thinner and flatter, and the web its made from is also thinner and has a less coarse weave than others I've encountered.








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    With the Finnish propensity to use whatever was available made from whatever materials it's a wonder if you would find more than a few slings that were of the same pattern. Good collection there.

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    Yes it would seem the Finns were masters of recycling and improvisation out of necessity. Thanks for posting.

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    Here's another one...

    I believe this sling to be a Finnish Captured SVT40 "Naval Infantry" Sling that has had a roller buckle fitted to the dog collar end...












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    I love this thread on Finn -SA- ,-SY- slings! I have been looking for a decent one for my m27/28 Finn Mosin nagant . I am currently using a mauser k98 sling. Any opinions are welcomed.thanks for sharing these awesome slings with us!
    Dean

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    Thanks Dean.

    As it turns out, the sling I posted above is a very rare original SVT40 sling. There is nothing 'Naval Infantry' about it. The roller buckle is correct.

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    ...and here's another one I received today.

    Early Civil Guard 'M91/M24' sling that has later had the Army style oval buckle put on it.








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    Here's another one I received today from a very kind gentleman in Finland.

    Rubberised Canvas - also called a "Tractor Belt Sling" - sling made by Oy Suomen Hihnatehdas (Finnish Belt Factory Ltd.) in 1941. This orange type is more rare than the blue-gray version I've shown above.

    The condition of this sling is immaculate - its still flexible and appears to be unissued.
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