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Kerr LEATHER 1903 rifle sling


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I put this on the CSP 03 board but thought it would be of interest here also. I picked up this Kerr no buckle sling made in leather not canvas at the SOS show, the seller had $45.00 on it but I got it for $25.00. When I first bought it I thought it was a made up sling using the Kerr hardware however on closer examination it was actually manufactured that way. I showed it to Hays O who was at the show also and he said that’s only the 2nd one he’s ever seen. He said he has one like it also that was in a collection he bought years ago. He’s had looked for another one like it since but never saw another one until he saw the one I have.

It’s probably a first pattern Kerr sling made in the beginning of production following the norm of using leather for slings. The metal hardware appears to be un-blackened brass like the early Krag/03 slings. Ray

 

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Ray

Thats a killer piece and the first one I have EVER seen.Thanks for posting.Goes to show there are bargins and treasures even at the mega military show!!

 

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Why first pattern?

 

Another guess would be that the Kerr company at the end of WW1 would have had quite a lot of metal hardware remaining in stock; shooters can be a very traditional bunch - so a new lightweight all canvas sling may not have had a massive commercial appeal.

Make the same doo-dad from leather & there'd be less resistance to it as it'd be more in keeping with all the other slings out there...

just my take on a possible reason for it being leather as opposed to canvas

 

The American Rifleman volume that has the adverts for the slings (I was not able to view the whole thing or open the page) but noticed that the publication date was 1918. How many months of the 1918 editions had the Kerr advert? Any similar adverts for subsequent years?

 

Interesting find & a very addition to your collection

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