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I purchased a tan web sling off Gunbroker for my 1917 SMLE to complete it recently.I just received the item and it is marked S1943 in faint stamp on one end in the webbing,and has blued steel hardware with some surface rust present.I checked the sling site and the author indicates this is most likely a Canuck Savage piece.Sound plausible? Not exactly what I needed for my Enfield Lock made gun,but at least it's war period.Are these scarce? Thanks....
 

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It certainly is a U.S. Savage made piece. However you won't see the marks once its assembled.
WW1 should have brass keepers. You might try www.ima-usa.com. they have repo slings with the ends marked with a WW1 date.
I would guess they are made in India by the same folks who made them for the military.
 
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