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    Default Fairly nice m/30 sling – Friitala Sk.Y. 32

    Got this one not much time ago. The sling is in fairly good condition having only two stitches of the leather loop missing. The Friitala maker's mark, the Sk.Y. 32 property mark and the ≡S≡ acceptance mark are all easily readable. The leather has absorbed a lot of goo over the years and it is now fairly dark and somewhat greasy.

    The sling came with one original, not butchered, m/30 dog collar. Unfortunately I cannot ID the manufacturer. The little details in structure would give this away if only there was a complete unmessed m/30 sling out there for reference, one whose dog collars weren't ever taken away! Too bad these mix up so easily.

    By this Sk.Y. 32 sling I finally have at least some kind of sample of all the factory-made m/30 slings with cast oval buckles, officially ordered by the Sk.Y. from the Finnish leather workshops. There are different looking ones out there too, but as far as I know, they are either commercal or made by civilguardsmen using two one piece slings and cutting them to correct length.

























    Production totals can be found on the supply contracts 7/31, 6/1932 and 7/1935.





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    Definitely nice. And that's some old leather to still look that decent.







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    Great looking sling CH.....probably too nice to use . I really enjoy the detailed pics you provide. Denny

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    My lord those pictures!
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    Very nice CH keep them coming.
    Now I'm going to have to clean that rifle!!

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    Very, very nice sling. That dog collar is special.

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    Regarding the m/30 sling supply contract 6/1932 there's an interesting protocol about the acceptance test held at the Friitala factory on Septemeber 22, 1932 by the Chief of the Ordnance Department Arvo Eriksson and Inspector Harry Mansner.

    The manufacturer represented part delivery of 3287 pcs. of m/30 slings which were visually inspected paying special attention to correctness of the assembly, quality of leather & sewings and shape of buckles & buttons. There were 17 pcs. of faults found where some part was either missing or invalid because of low quality leather. Sewings met the requirements.

    The metal parts were carved to make sure they are made of Argentan. Tensile strength of the linen thread used for sewings was tested so that it was >10kg.

    Of those slings passing visual inspection 200 pcs. were random tested by unbuckling and measuring them. One front piece was found slightly too thin (<2.5mm) and two too thick (>3.0mm). Five rear pieces were found too thick. No reason for rejection.

    3270 pcs. of m/30 slings were accepted and fitted with ≡S≡ acceptance mark.


    In short, the CG was pretty strict that the stuff they ordered met their standards.

    As to the Friitala factory logo, the Friitalan Nahkatehdas - Ulvila inside of a hide and gearwheel, it can be found on some other items too, like an SA backpack here.

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    Antti,

    What does the "INT ##" denote? I've noticed over the years that it's stamped on all sorts of military property. Is it short for a Finnish word for something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCsean View Post
    What does the "INT ##" denote?
    INT = Intendentuuri, from Latin "intendere", referring to the logistics section of the Finnish Army and later the Finnish Defence Forces.

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    Sean, it is abbreviation of "Intendentuuriosasto" which could be badly translated as "supply department".

    https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intendentuuri

    When in service one of the first things you learn is that term SA INT actually refers to "Saatanasti aamuja itäisen naapurin takia" or "f*cking many wake-ups because of the eastern neighbour".

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    i use a repro of this sling on a m28-57, almost as comfortable as the m1907, but far more difficult to find one.

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    What a nice sling Antti! I wouldn't dare to use it. How do you clean and maintain those, by the way?

    The CG inspection procedure is quite extreme! Any idea what was their protocol for firearms?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SPOV View Post
    The CG inspection procedure is quite extreme! Any idea what was their protocol for firearms?
    It was very similar, here's a part of minutes from one of the acceptance tests for m/28 at SAKO in November 1928. Often the same inspectors inspected both the weapons and the accessories. The History of an Individual Finnish Rifle.
    "No. 10046: Minor pitting on the barrel", "No. 10079: Pitting on the barrel" and "No. 10039: The stock has been extended with a cardboard sheet".


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