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Which sling is correctly labeled the widowmaker ?
Nylon or Web ? Why ?

Freds Stocks calls the web sling the widowmaker.
Others say it's the nylon.
Does it depend on which they have more of in stock.

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I may be wrong, but I have been led to believe the Nylon slings are the Widowmakes, and this is due to them no being able to 'grip" your arm. They are smooth and slick for the lack of a better description. The web slings will "grip" you better.
Like I said I may be wrong, and someone else may correct me.
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i don't know what the widowmaker was. but there are new nylon slings that have a texture to the nylon similar to the cotton web sling. these babies are the cats a$$. you can get them really tight. you can't feel them stretch like you sometimes can with a cotton web sling. and with the texture it won't slip. the hardware is the same as the standard cotton web sling. champions choice had them for $12 at perry. they sell it as a m1 type sling.

found em on the web http://www.champchoice.com/catalog/index.php?action=dobigpage&image=hires/page058.png
 

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The nylon sling has a problem as it gets worn. They are pretty tight when new, but shortly afterwards, forget it.

In 1973 Rock Island designed a newer sling, I called it soft weave nylon. It is a light OD with plated fittings like the nylon sling. Somewhere in this mess I have the National Stock Number.

Recently the sling was manufactured again, this time with standard parkerized fittings. The webbing is similiar to the black M16 sling in that it is very flexible and will lock tight when used with the sling keeper.
 

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I have one of the so called Navy slings that I got from Charley's Surplus Sales NIW for $8.95. It's the green nylon weave with parked fittings. Looks very good on my M1A with the SparrowHawk's re-finished birch stock and Hawk's econo dummy selector.
The NSN on the new style nylon sling is:
1005-01-083-8113
cage: 2A178
SLING, SMALL ARMS
1 EACH
SP0700-97-F-1065
C 04/98
Then there is an APR 02 stamp below that.
Charley's has lot's of new M14 stuff, like the sling, Navy ALICE M14 pouchs, .30 cal patches, cleaning kits, bore and chamber brushes.
www.charleyssurplus.com
 

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That sling is the later version of the 1973 Rock Island design. The earlier version had cadmium plating on all the fittings. This new one has just parkerized fittings. With desert warfare being the main threat, the tropics no longer influence the design of small arms items.
 

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I just wanted to add a coment about the sling thread that I just read.
Found all of the information helpful and contacted the surplus store in the above thread. Very helpful and everything that I bought as USGI was New In the Wrap. What A Find! :)

It's always nice to be able to find GI Surplus rifle parts and accessories that are un-issued condition.
 

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Always found a new nylon sling to slide around a bit more on the shoulder than the canvas.
 
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