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Is there anyone here that has an original Winchester sling and would take some pictures of it to show some detail and its construction? I have heard it called “The Winchester Sling” but I’m not sure if that is what Winchester called it or just a name given to it. I think it was in George Madis’ The Winchester Book that I saw that.

 

There are a few members here that have pictures of their guns with the sling attached, but I’ve not seen closeups of the sling itself.

 

Thanks everyone for the help.

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Winchester made (offered) several different sling variations over the many decades that they sold them.  You need to specify the Model and time period you are looking for.

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There is a member here that has in his signature a fancy 1894 short rifle sporting the sling I have in mind. I can’t remember his name, nor can I find the posts where I saw his posts.

 

I’ve seen the same type of sling on models 1866, 1873, 1892, and 1894 I believe.

 

It is a simple strap with an adjustable slider, and appears to be riveted on one end.

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LeverGunner said
I have heard it called “The Winchester Sling” but I’m not sure if that is what Winchester called it or just a name given to it. I think it was in George Madis’ The Winchester Book that I saw that. 

“The Winchester Sling Strap” is indeed what it was called in 1890s catalogs, up through WWI; good illustrations of it in those cats.  A simple one-piece carrying strap, except that it had Winchester’s patented sliding roller-buckle, that’s never been repro’d..

Later slings became much more varied, & the best (& only!) full description of those occurs in this book:

https://www.rimfirepublications.com/product/the-winchester-model-69-evolution-in-design/1?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

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While I HIGHLY recommend JWA’s Model 69 Book, if the question is about Winchester slings, Jeff also put a lot of information into the thread below:

https://winchestercollector.org/forum/winchester-rifles/correct-sling-for-pre-war-m70-target-rifle/

Still, these are the 20th Century slings and may not be relevant to levergunner’s question.

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LeverGunner,

Here is my Model 1894 from 1902 that letters with sling and swivel.

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Gentlemen, Thanks for the kind words regarding the Model 69 book.  The slings described in that book are only those that would be applicable to the Model 69, either supplied as standard equipment or as a factory option, and is certainly not a complete treatise on the subject.  It does however mention the ” 3260 Leather (Carrying) Sling Strap – Winchester part number 3260″ which is the sling depicted in Tionesta1’s great pictures above.

The 3260 Leather Sling Strap was the longest produced sling available.  It was illustrated in the Winchester catalogs from 1898-1985 and was likely available prior to 1898 but was simply not illustrated in the catalogs.  It is a commonly encountered sling on many Winchester models.

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WOW, thank you, Clarence, Louis, tionesta, and JWA. Thank you all for the information. That is the strap I was talking about.

 

I first caught wind of it in Wilson’s book Winchester, then in Madis’ The Winchester Book. Then an odd picture here and there.

 

For some reason I am interested in Winchester accessories, slings, loading tools, stuff like that.

 

Thank you all again.

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Here are a few more pics of some I have. They are hard to come by, in my limited travels. Al’s picture above shows the buckle w/ the Jan. 12 1897 date best.

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Thank you for sharing Gary. It was you who had the picture in your signature! I’ve stared at that gun/sling untold amount of time. When I first seen it, way back, I saved it to my computer as a reference to the sling. Before I joined even.

 

Can I ask you a peripheral question, what is up with the saddle ring? It appears to be wire wrapped.

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LeverGunner said

Can I ask you a peripheral question, what is up with the saddle ring? It appears to be wire wrapped.  

My bet is that it is leather wrapped, which was relatively common back in the day to cut down on noise when in the field hunting, and wear to the receiver frame from metal rubbing on metal.

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pdog72 said They are hard to come by, in my limited travels.

That’s no lie–I’ve NEVER seen one listed for sale on ebay, where one would be most likely to show up.  Strange, considering their long production history, but I guess it’s not inconsistent with the rarity of factory swivels.  Checked some other catalogs, & found them listed up to 1939, my newest Win cat. 

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Bert H. said

LeverGunner said

Can I ask you a peripheral question, what is up with the saddle ring? It appears to be wire wrapped.  

My bet is that it is leather wrapped, which was relatively common back in the day to cut down on noise when in the field hunting, and wear to the receiver frame from metal rubbing on metal.

Bert

  

After seeing the more close up pictures, I think you’re right. That would be some fine leather work.

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Here are two that I have.  The darker one from 1908 era the lighter one from the 1920’s.

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rogertherelic said
Here are two that I have.  The darker one from 1908 era the lighter one from the 1920’s.

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Thank you kindly for sharing. I’ve not seen those slits before. What are they for?

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LeverGunner said I’ve not seen those slits before. What are they for?

For adjusting length using studs at ends of strap.

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clarence said

LeverGunner said I’ve not seen those slits before. What are they for?

For adjusting length using studs at ends of strap.

  

Thanks.

 

I’ve not seen the studs or how they are used yet. I’d appreciate it if someone would take pictures of that detail, as well as how the swivels are attached.

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LeverGunner said

I’d appreciate it if someone would take pictures of that detail, as well as how the swivels are attached.

The catalog illustrations I referred to make this easier to understand than the photos.

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clarence said

LeverGunner said

I’d appreciate it if someone would take pictures of that detail, as well as how the swivels are attached.

The catalog illustrations I referred to make this easier to understand than the photos.

  

I don’t have any catalogs. Is there an online source where I could view/download them for study?

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I don’t have any catalogs.LeverGunner said  

Sure-fire remedy for that unfortunate deficiency:  https://cornellpubs.com/ 

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