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Texled MP40 Sling
Texled MP40 Sling


 
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New reproduction MP40 slings made with American leather. These are totally unrelated to any sling we have ever carried and bear no resemblance in look or smell water buffalo hide gems offered elsewhere.

Firstly, I used an unissued original cxo 44 sling as my guide. The color, length, and hole spacing were taken from it. These are approximately 120cm long and 24mm wide. The quality is no better and no worse than the real WWII slings.

We take top grade Hermann Oak leather, spray it with our custom mixed light tan dye, strap cut it to 23mm width, and then emboss the "crosshatch" pattern. Our reproduction steel slides were custom made, maker marked, and properly blackened (not painted). The WWII slings vary some in the spacing of the holes for the stud at the rear- I experimented a bit with my MP40's and came up with what seems to be the optimal gap for the most secure fit of the slings.

Markings: We stamp these with a variety of maker codes and WA. However, just like on originals, the markings can be difficult to see- and once the sling is used very much, they will largely become even more faint. It's simply a characteristic of the leather- not a mistake. One of the hardest things to find in collecting is an original WWII K98, MP40 or MG sling with nice, legible markings. Normally one is lucky to even be able to see where the stamps once were, much less be able to read them.

Returns for "better markings" will simply be a refund.

"Blemishes": Most original slings are dyed- not painted. (Yes, both finishes exist.) I chose dye it's more common, and will darken more easily when oiled. Many people think these (and K98 slings) were dark brown or black when new. They were not. When manufactured, most German slings were a very light, yellowish tan. Oil, exposure, dirt, and sweaty hands made the color darken rapidly.

There may be a water line, lighter or darker areas, and the keeper may be a different shade than the sling. A run or drip in the dye on the backside is possible. When embossing the straps, the leather is moistened with a damp sponge which can leave a slight water line here or there. None of these count as "defects". They are simply traits of dyed leather and all are present on original WWII slings which are my standard. Use and oiling will mitigate or eliminate all of these things.

Care: Just use mink or neetsfoot oil. Apply it with a rag, work it into the leather and then wipe off the excess occasionally. Do not fill a can with oil and soak leather anything for hours- most people seem to know this, but there are those special few...