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October 22, 2022 - 11:45 pm
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According to my Houze Winchester book, the M1917 Kerr sling was an option for M52’s in 1931. Can anyone say for certain they were also optional in 1927?

They are easier to find than 1918 dated M1907 leather slings.   Thanks, Big Larry

 

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Though not called Kerr by name, there’s a “Winchester” web strap listed in the 1925 cat.  Probably the same thing.

But look at Rifleman photos of small-bore shooters at Sea Girt, Camp Perry, etc., in the ’20s & ’30s; no web straps, I promise you.

Not surprising that survival of web is much better than leather, as canvas isn’t subject to the “diseases” that destroy leather such as mildew & esp. the animal oil leather treatments that all eventually become acidic.  No question web is more long-lasting, but does that make it “better”?  Certainly not!

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I have a 1923 Winchester Product Catalog that lists a “Web Sling Strap” for the Model 52.  Don’t know if this helps?  RDB

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It could only be a M1917 Kerr NOBUCKL. There were lots and lots of war surplus slings of all types after WW1. Most M1907’s were going for 50 cents. As Clarence stated, these leather slings were prone to the elements. I have had several 1918 dated slings over the years mostly for my m1903’s. The Marines used the Kerrs as I have pics of them with them on their M1903’s. They were originally used on the M1917 Enfields. Later years they were shipped from Winchester for M56’s, M57’s, and the M60-A Target. Of course, these were a bit smaller, and very hard to find nowadays.   Thanks for the info. I will put one on my 1927 M52.    Big Larry

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There were enough M1917 Kerr NOBUCK slings left over that they were used early on during WW II.

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No doubt. There are many sites on the computer that have them for sale. $50 seems to be the average price.

I have never seen a 1″ Kerr for sale. A friend gave me a minty one for my M60-A. He didn’t know what it was for. Sat in his parts bin for several years. This is the only one I have ever seen loose. Most on rifles are really beat up. Big LarryAnother-NS-M52-closeup.JPGImage Enlarger

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No doubt. There are many sites on the computer that have them for sale. $50 seems to be the average price.

I have never seen a 1″ Kerr for sale. A friend gave me a minty one for my M60-A. He didn’t know what it was for. Sat in his parts bin for several years. This is the only one I have ever seen loose. Most on rifles are really beat up. Big LarryAnother-NS-M52-closeup.JPGImage Enlarger

  

Don’t really know much about these but the one on my 1917 is 1-1/4″.

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The 1″ Kerrs are actually a little less wider than 1″.

The one on my Thompson SMG is the same 1 1/4″ as used on the M1917 and the M1903.  Big Larry

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