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    Russian sling identification

    Has anyone seen this type of sling before?

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    The sling on the right is a very early AK sling, appropriate for the very first stamped and milled receiver AK-47s. Not sure about the other(s), so won't offer an opinion.
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    It is an early ak sling, they're frequently called heart slings because the threading kind of looks like a heart on one of the leather tabs. I know they were in use at least in the early - mid 50s, I've got a 52 and a 54 dated sling with that style but they're supposed to have been in use even before then. I'd read somewhere it was the first issue AK sling as the first few test and prod runs they reused slings from other rifles, which wasn't uncommon at all for the Russians to do.
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    You see them alot on 50s sks as well, but if they're original issue to them or not I have no idea, never have really gotten into SKS except just a couple I picked up because I liked the look of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myst173 View Post
    You see them alot on 50s sks as well, but if they're original issue to them or not I have no idea, never have really gotten into SKS except just a couple I picked up because I liked the look of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myst173 View Post
    It is an early ak sling, they're frequently called heart slings because the threading kind of looks like a heart on one of the leather tabs. I know they were in use at least in the early - mid 50s, I've got a 52 and a 54 dated sling with that style but they're supposed to have been in use even before then. I'd read somewhere it was the first issue AK sling as the first few test and prod runs they reused slings from other rifles, which wasn't uncommon at all for the Russians to do.
    are you talking about the sling on the left? Any photos? Iíve never seen such a sling.
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    The one on the right is the one that's called a heart sling, and is the one I was talking about. The one on the left with the M stiched into the end I'm pretty sure I have one of them around here as well. Opened a couple boxes but didn't see one right off the bat. But snapped a quick pic of 2 different colored slings with the heart stitched end.
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    The heart slings are common.

    I've never seen the one on the left before (the "M").

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    Earliest version of Soviet canvas AK sling:




    Both early Soviet canvas AK slings but sling on top is the earliest:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunker9939 View Post
    Earliest version of Soviet canvas AK sling:




    Both early Soviet canvas AK slings but sling on top is the earliest:
    Thank you so much Bunker! So cool.

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