Imported reproduction slings for K98 Mauser rifles. These are decent quality copies, made with genuine drum-dyed leather, in the correct size and design as those from WWII. Above all they do not stink to high hell like a rancid goat placenta the way many other cheap reproductions do.
Marked "kla 40" and Waffenamted.
25mm wide x 120cm long.
Fits: K98, G43, K43, Mkb42, MP43/44, STG44, and G98 with upgraded WWII pattern stocks.
The keeper conundrum: Original K98 slings have ONE keeper (loop). Many neophyte enthusiasts believe they have two. Why? One of the leather companies in India, who supplies numerous other militaria vendors, has mistakenly decided that two keepers were better than one- perhaps they extrapolated from M1907 slings- I have no clue. Anyway, these slings are now prevalent on dealer sites as well as in youtube videos- but this is 100% FARB- historically BS.
For those who doubt me, the images below are taken from the wartime German military manual. One can clearly see that there is only one keeper (Riemenschieber.) Wartime photos of German troops as well as looking up original slings for sale will also bear this out.
For more details on originals, see Bergflak's K98 sling page.
Original diagram from
the German manual
Schematic from the wartime
manual showing the sling
fitted to the rifle