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    This came my way this weekend and it's too good to let pass. Like new, unissued, Type 38 rifle sling. Dated Taisho 11 (1922). Has the original keeper but no hardware. It's never been installed on a rifle. Great reference piece to show what they looked like when new! Whew!
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    Dogs, one of these days I'm coming over and using that time​ machine you must have in your back yard. Very nice! How about pics with measurements maybe my tack supplier could try to duplicate the workmanship.

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    Get ready for the flood of repro's now.
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    Ya know, my first thought was how nice this would look on my early Tokyo T-38 but then I realized that anything I did to it, like install the hardware and putting it on a rifle, would take away from what it is - mint & unissued. The "do no harm" rule definitely applies here
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    My type 99 LMG sling is in about the same condition. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by arisakadogs View Post
    Ya know, my first thought was how nice this would look on my early Tokyo T-38 but then I realized that anything I did to it, like install the hardware and putting it on a rifle, would take away from what it is - mint & unissued. The "do no harm" rule definitely applies here
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    Welted lines along edge are interesting. Usually they're associated with type I but this dates too early!

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    Well isn't that pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jareth View Post
    Welted lines along edge are interesting. Usually they're associated with type I but this dates too early!
    Many early Japanese leather goods had welted edges from holsters to slings
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    Great pick up. Not very often you find something that nice with good markings. Thanks for sharing.
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    Well the date doesn't lie but I haven't seen early holsters or slings with edge welting. Had an early sling on type 22 & a type 30 without. Post photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jareth View Post
    Well the date doesn't lie but I haven't seen early holsters or slings with edge welting. Had an early sling on type 22 & a type 30 without. Post photos
    Even the early T-44/99 slings have welted edges
    I also have several other Type 38 slings with welted edges and never really bought that they were only for the Type I rifle.
    The ammo pouch is dated Taisho 10 and has welted edges on the flap and on the strap
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    Here's another nice sling that came along this past weekend.
    Nicely marked T-99 rubber coated sling that is still as supple as the day it was made. Still has the "peach fuzz" on it. Again, no hardware and the keeper is a repro.
    This is the variant with the 3 + 3 adjustment holes.
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    Thanks. New observations for me! I also never believed " correct" sling for type I ! Surprised 99 sling wasn't rolled up like your other one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jareth View Post
    Thanks. New observations for me! I also never believed " correct" sling for type I ! Surprised 99 sling wasn't rolled up like your other one.
    Yeah that is interesting on the T-99 sling. My rolled example does have the keeper and hardware with it where this one is just the strap. There were a number of these straps that came out of Japan around 10 years ago. I bought one and it turned to stone while I had it. I'm going to put this one in an airtight bag and keep it a dark place to see if that helps to keep it supple. Here are photos of my rolled, unissued, sling. It's petrified as well. It's a four layer laminated sling
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    very nice....so that is what they are to look like! LOL
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