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 Looking for a current military issue M-16 sling.
DVntDom  [Member]
9/27/2012 11:20:04 AM
M-16. Not M-4.

Where would I find one?

Thanks.
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cvtrpr  [Team Member]
9/27/2012 11:26:25 AM

Originally Posted By DVntDom:
M-16. Not M-4.

Where would I find one?

Thanks.

I'll look in my basement when I get home. If I have one, it is yours, gratis.
DVntDom  [Member]
9/27/2012 11:30:13 AM
Wow. Thanks. :)
Brett_Bass  [Member]
9/27/2012 2:02:38 PM
For clarity's sake, do you want one of the truly terrible black three-point sling abortions that are issued, or one of the green parade slings that are issued?
DVntDom  [Member]
9/27/2012 6:29:56 PM
I believe that the issued sling for the M-16 is a two point sling. Is this not correct?
raf  [Site Staff]
9/27/2012 6:37:15 PM
What are you trying to do?

Replicate an older version of the M-16? Use the sling as a shooting aid?

The Mil issued a number of different slings for the M-16. so give us a clue, and we can help you.

I am NO expert, but my guess is that the early M-16s had M1 cotton slings, or M-14 nylon slings as issued. The problem with these slings was that with the thin barrel of the M-16, some troops tried to use them as shooting aids, like they did with the M1 and the M-14- as they were originally trained. Unfortunately, the thin barrel of the M-16 was easily bent using a tight shooting sling, and accuracy suffered. These slings also rattled a LOT, and troops had to take measures to eliminate noise. Later, and as supplies of the older slings dried up, the Mil issued a "silent" sling, which did not rattle like the M1/M-14 slings, and which design precluded use as a shooting sling. This sling was a simple 1-1/4" nylon strap with two metal buckles.

Even the much later, civilian HBAR (Heavy-barreled) rifles could have the barrel bent using a tight sling, thus the introduction of various devices to allow tight slings.

Tell us what you want to do, and we can help.

DVntDom  [Member]
9/27/2012 7:02:05 PM
I have a Bushmaster Target A2 (HBAR) which resembles an M-16 and want a current issue military sling for function and appearance.

Thanks.

RIPPER334  [Team Member]
9/27/2012 7:52:59 PM
Ebay has tons of em!
DVntDom  [Member]
9/27/2012 7:58:37 PM
Ok. So the 1-1/4" "Silent Sling" is current issue.

Did not know that.

CVTRPR, if that's the case don't bother as they are really cheap. Thank you though. Very kind.



a43mranger  [Team Member]
9/27/2012 8:20:45 PM
The ones we had around 2000 sucked. On marches you would here a m16 hit the ground because the sling came undone so very easy.
DVntDom  [Member]
9/27/2012 8:47:39 PM
Ouch. I was wondering how secure they are.

Maybe I'll just wait until I come across a used, attractively priced (AWS) Synthetic Biothane Sling. They're expensive.



skyshark288  [Member]
9/27/2012 8:50:59 PM
There is no current "Standard issue". Our arms rooms get whatever we tell supply to order. Which in our case is VTAC. I favor the wide.
TheOTHERmaninblack  [Team Member]
9/28/2012 5:13:12 AM
I never had a problem with the 1 1/4" sling coming apart. I've had issues with sling swivels, but that's not the sling's fault.

I do not like the new 3 points at all! Have two of them, and I'm looking to go back to the old nylon. They're just too slick and don't hold a set very well.
Brett_Bass  [Member]
9/28/2012 6:23:48 AM
The two slings that we issue (I work in the armory at my Marine reserve unit) are the green parade sling and the black piece of shit three-point abortion. Kuwait, where I was deployed last year, and Bagram, where I passed through on my way here to Kabul, issue the black piece of shit three-point abortion.
cvtrpr  [Team Member]
9/28/2012 11:42:16 AM

Originally Posted By DVntDom:
Ok. So the 1-1/4" "Silent Sling" is current issue.

Did not know that.

CVTRPR, if that's the case don't bother as they are really cheap. Thank you though. Very kind.




OK.
jtb0311  [Team Member]
9/28/2012 11:42:30 AM
I believe the USMC issues Blue Force Gear Vickers slings.
DVntDom  [Member]
9/28/2012 1:10:10 PM
After hearing from quite a few folks I ended up buying a Blue Force Gear Vickers Two-Point Combat Sling.

Thanks for everyone's thoughtful opinions. And the very generous offer from cvtrpr.
NapeSticksToKids  [Team Member]
9/28/2012 2:30:22 PM
The two infantry units I was in both issued 3 points made by specter gear.
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