SCARCE U.S. 1887 PATTERN RIFLE SLING

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Item Code: 490-2589

A renewed interest in marksmanship and target practice by the U.S. Army in the 1880s led to changes in the issue rifle sling. New firing positions used the sling to steady the piece, resulting in the single prong adjusting hooks of the 1870 pattern tearing out or tearing out the fastening holes. A sturdier double-tongue buckle, introduced in 1886, proved too complicated. In 1887 this double-claw adjustment hook, using two narrow claw hooks, was introduced and lasted until January 1892, when thicker hooks were found necessary. As with the 1870 pattern, the sling shows up in one-piece and spliced two-piece configurations, the latter enabling more of the hide to be used, and sometimes using old Civil War slings that turned up in arsenals and were still in good enough shape to be used. There was still some variation in length, however: troops in the field reported variations between 64 and 66 ½ inches, leading the Ordnance Department to make the longer length official in 1888.

This one is in solid condition, made in one-piece and 33.5 inches long. It would make a nice addition to a trapdoor or even an early Krag, since the army seldom let old gear go to waste. [sr] [ph:m]

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