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Thread: Did the Gew 88 use the same sling as the Gew 98?

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    Default Did the Gew 88 use the same sling as the Gew 98?

    I have a Gew 88 that needs a sling. Did they use the same sling that was on the Gew 98?

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    Very similar sling, I believe. The Gew98 sling shared a lot of the same attributes in design and installation, at least.

    I view the repro Gew98 slings as suitable for Gew88's... just IMHO.

    Good site to bookmark: http://rifleslings.com/German_Slings.htm
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    Essentially yes, but the sling for the Gew88 was slightly (maybe an inch or two?) longer. The sling for the 88 will work on the 98 fine but a sling made for the 98 is barely long enough for an 88.

    There are also differences in the buckle and detachable swivel attachments.

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    ...unless you got your '88 from a South American country where they put a swivel loop in the rear base. Then you either try to put the toothpaste back in the tube or pick a sling that 'may' have been the right one...
    Turning relics into near-relics since 2005.

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    Thanks for the input. I will start with a Gew 98 sling and keep my eyes open for the correct one.

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    https://www.libertytreecollectors.co...&idcategory=53

    Despite the description, these are Gewehr 88 style slings. Too bad they're out of stock, but that might be temporary. I sold an original 88 sling recently, they doesn't fetch quite as much as original 98 slings.

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    Very interesting. They are made from original 1920s and 1930s Czech slings for their long Vz22. Someday someone will be cursing them for modifying original Czech slings.

    (I've done a few of these for reenactors and collectors myself so I'm just as guilty....... )

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