Original U.S. WWII 1942 dated M1907 Pattern Leather Sling with Steel Fittings by BOYT Harness Co.
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice WWII Dated standard issue 1907 pattern sling, as designed for use on the 1903 Springfield rifle. It was later also used on the M1 Garand Rifle, made famous as the standard rifle of the U.S. military from WW2 to just before Vietnam.
This M1907 WWII Leather Sling is marked BOYT / -42- and is in very nice used condition. The Standard U.S. service rifle Sling at the time of the adoption of the M1917 "Enfield" rifle was the M1907 leather sling used with the M1903 Springfield. The M1907 Sling was adopted for use with the M1 Garand rifle in 1936. The M1907 Sling was used throughout WWII with the "M1" rifle. The adjustment hooks and hardware on early M1907 Slings were made of brass, while the later WWII examples had steel hardware. The M1907 Sling was also utilized with the Winchester M1897 Trench Gun during WWI and on all WWII Winchester, Stevens, Ithaca, etc trench guns and riot guns equipped with slings.
The leather is in very good service used condition, though it has darkened over time, and could use conditioning/oiling. The heavy stitching around steel loop and on both leather keeper loops is still intact. It still has proper adjustment holes and both correct WW2 pattern steel hooks (fittings) with the original finish mostly worn away. There is some cracking as well as a small chunk missing from the edge, but overall it is completely functional and serviceable. An excellent upgrade for any U.S. issue WW2 rifle.
The Boyt Harness Company was founded in 1901, in Des Moines, Iowa, to manufacture leather saddles and harnesses, and quickly became known as the regional leader in quality products for the farmer and stockman. As word spread of the pride and craftsmanship with which Boyt products were made, the company was soon the standard bearer for leather products nationwide.
Boyt expanded its line of leather products for the first time during World War I, when it contracted with the United States Government to supply leather goods to the American forces fighting overseas. These initial military contracts included Boyt's first production run of gun cases, holsters, and rifle slings. At the start of World War II, the Boyt Harness Company again contracted with the U.S. Government to design and manufacture high quality military equipment including Jeep scabbards, holsters, ammo belts, and paratrooper carbine cases. The production of wartime leather products made Boyt one of the largest employers in Iowa.
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