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Texled MG34/42 Sling
Texled MG34/42 Sling


 
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Product Description
 

Made with American leather-
not Asian water buffalo

Fits both MG34 and MG42

Correct maker & WA markings

Clips to MG42 barrel jacket

Locked to '42 grip

Attachment to MG34 barrel jacket

...and pistol grip

MG42
Compared to a mint condition
original WWII sling
Saddled stitched by hand
with waxed cord
Same width, length, color, etc

Yes, both guns in the photos are "real". Why does that amaze so many people? Anyway...

Brand new reproduction slings for MG34's and MG42's. Our slings are nothing like the $25 water buffalo junk sold elsewhere- these are our own creations and we only use the best materials available. There are no other reproduction German MG slings like these. They are more expensive than the other options, but for weapons that cost thousands (or tens of thousands of dollars), it's hardly outrageous.

In 2007, I was looking for a good reproduction sling for my MG42 and realized there weren't any. I owned several mint condition originals, and none of the available copies compared to them very well. All use wonky, vaguely-similar-to-WW2 hardware and stinky water buffalo leather painted chocolate brown. They're cheap, but they look, and often smell, like crap. For my gun, I found a battered original sling, dis-assembled it for a pattern, then made a new one using the authentic snap hook and buckle.

In 2012, after still having no luck finding a quality reproduction to sell, we set out to create our own.

First, the hardware is unique to these slings, and we've never found a stash of originals so...
I acquired a set of original hardware (from another worn out WWII MG42 sling), and sent that off to our metal contractor to have them make new ones.

The color was the next issue. German WWII slings were either dyed or painted, depending on the manufacturer. We chose dye as it darkens more readily with oiling and use. The color tends to be a light tan, which (of course) no one seems to make- the bottle may say "tan" or "saddle" but all the available shades end up being red-brown. We tried everything. Ultimately we sent a sample of mint condition WWII German leather to Fiebings dye company who specially mixed the color for us.

For the leather itself, we chose Hermann Oak products as they are the most consistent and highest quality we could find. We use only first quality, 8-9oz American cowhide.

Assembly: First inspect the hides, and trim off or mark any damaged areas or soft spots. Then it's sprayed light tan and strap cut in 25mm strips. These are checked again, cut to length and paired. The parts are then sent overseas for assembly- hand stitched, using heavy waxed cord just like originals. (We occasionally sew a few here to fill in, but the other guys are much better at it than us.) When we receive the final assemblies, they are culled a third time, and finally stamped period correct maker codes and Waffenamt number.

The pistol grip clasp is the universal size that will fit both MG34's and MG 42's.

Care: An occasional coat of mink oil, neetsfoot or shoe grease is all these need. The leather is full aniline so it will darken readily with exposure, handling, and oiling.

According to US C
ommerce Department law, we can call these "Made in USA", (the majority of the cost is incurred here) but it's actually only a partial truth, hence...
Partially assembled overseas with American and imported parts.
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