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    Posted: August 13 2021 at 5:26pm
Hi Marco - that's really interesting.   With this lead I'll do some research and see what else I canm find.   Nothing on the rifle suggests it was ever issued to NZ, but the sling could have been picked up along the way.  Fantastic.  Thanks for the input.
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i'm referring to the leather slings. not the webbing ones.
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hard to say, but that type of sling is common on early lee enfield's here in New Zealand, and also on home guard requisitioned rifles during ww2.  Seem to recall they were locally produced to a war department pattern.  So were probably older obsolete stock by ww2 period.  I have 2 exactly the same.
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I have another sling question.  This was included on a 1941 MkIII Lithgow I purchased - I have shared photo's of the rifle previously - it's the one with the suncorite type black paint on it.   As far as we could tell it was not FTRd by India/Pakistan, but the paint was a little baffling.  This is an all leather sling, no buckles or straps like the military style - only the shoelace style straps to secure it.  It has no markings that I can see.  Is this a non-descript aftermarket sling, or maybe something interesting?  Thanks for looking.
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Thanks for your interest Aussie! 
I was fortunate to  get a copy of the liberation photos via a friend of the elderly gentleman who has the originals.
I have a No4 MK1 that was part of a parachutage to the local resistance. They dropped so many weapons during the days before D-day; there's probably still slot stashed away in barn's and cellars.
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Yes the right sided image.
some may be flat, some rounded but that's it.
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You are right Zed, I do shoot the rifle and enjoy showing any one who is interested!  Living history.

Separately, I saw some photographs you posted on another thread of showing locations from WWII then and now.   They were absolutely fantastic.   Talk about living history!
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I think you have to oil it regularly to get the colour closer to the rest. Or stain it. Don't bother sanding it's part of the history now!
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thanks gents, I’ll reinstall and at least mitigate the damage already caused. Next advice is how to repair.   I’ll post a comment on the threads about stock oiling. 
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your rivets look good , dont think it a reproduction as i see remenants of blanco but obviously i could be wrong on that , claws out as shamu said - one hand slack at the butt and take up the balance at the forearm , your claws even appear to be correctly oriented in the right photo 
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Thanks Shamu, turning the sling around seems so obvious now you mention it.  Drats.  I think the damage may have been done before I got the rifle, but I have not helped it any.  I attached some photo's if you wouldn't mind confirming the "smooth" side looks like it should (the rounded tops of the rivets on the right side).  Next question is how to repair the damage.  Ouch.


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A "real" sling will have rivets with 2 distinct sides. a smooth side (which should face the wood) & a rough side which should face away from the stock when installed. The "hooks" should be on the outside of the outside strap.

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I have a sling question.   I have what I believe is a reproduction tan sling on my 1945 Lithgow.  It looks great and works as it should.   However, the brass/metal ends are rubbing on the stock, actually rubbing into the wood, leaving a small but visible scuff mark.  Actually, more than a scuff, bit of a gouge. It is the back end of the rivets that seem to be causing this. 

A review of other photos of slings suggests they all have the same (or similar) design.  I don't like it and wrapped some tape around it as a short term fix.   Also, I have seen the same scuff mark on other (not all) rifles.  However, is this normal, or should I upgrade to a better sling?
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Hoadie, I have a tan one with brass fittings, lightly used. PM m
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Anybody got one to part with?
Loose wimmen tightened here
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Either of the web slings would be fine, they were used issued & re issued till they wore out.
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