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    Posted: August 18 2016 at 4:13pm
I acquired this sling with #4T front trigger guard sling swivel recently. Does it look like I installed the sling correctly? I won't be using a scope or installing a cheek piece, I'm going to be using a PH4 rear sight instead. (1944 Longbranch #'s matching metal parts, fresh furniture and many new LB parts including brand new LB magazine, excellent 5 groove rifling). Thx for your input.
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I believe the "claws" face out
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I've since bent them gently inwards but I know what you are eluding to. There are no sharp edges on those brass claws, I made sure of that.
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is that not a US M1907 sling ? here is how it goes on -  http://www.rollanet.org/~stacyw/us_m1907_sling.htm

and here is how it looks on a rifle - albeit a US M1903 varient , 


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Very astute deduction, A Square 10. You are absolutely dead on. I am trying to adapt this sling as best as possible to this rifle. I plan on carrying this rifle in the field this fall after careful sighting in.
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The middle swivel is actually for a web type sling, not the 1907 type!

To use the middle swivel with that style of sling you attach the longer portion from the swivel 1/2 way along the barrel to the magazine sling swivel, then adjust for length so it provides tension when you get into the shooting position. You use it a bit like a "hasty sling", passing the left arm through, giving a 1/2 turn & pulling back & down with the bicep acting as a stop for the strap.

While doing this the only part of the shorter (rear) loop used is the sliding buckle, the rest just dangles free. It should be in position to dangle from the rear of the long strap.

Next you pass the rear through the butt swivel & back enough to engage the holes making a double loop. One from mid-barrel to magazine that is long enough to provide support & tension & the other from the rear of the front loop to the butt swivel for carrying. To shoot you either unclip the rear loop or make it long enough to have no tension in a shooting posture.

If you look back at the video I did on working the bolt you can see a third approach with double loop slinging.
https://vid60.photobucket.com/albums/h29/moosp/Lee%20Enfield%20bolt_zps3t9j7wyd.mp4
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When I was stationed in Germany, the Armorer was a good friend of mine , still talk with him from time to time ....
He was cleaning up the arms room and came to my room with a box of stuff he was getting rid of that was no longer on the books , magazines that were left , gun parts that I should have taken at the time , but he also had a sling just like that , original military issue that was left over from a time the unit used other rifles than the AR platform .....
I still have that sling , and looking to put it on my P-17 when I get the new military style stock fitted to it !
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A-Square's post & illustration is dead on for slinging with a conventional 2-swivel setup.
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that set of photos is of the early wwI vesion of the sling with thick brass claws , the WWII version had steel claws , the middle one here , 





it is correct for the M1917 rifle , but often you find collectors looking for the Kerr M1917 sling , top two here , 




i think i once mentioned i used to collect US rifles and accouterments , if not - now you know 
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