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Sling for flintlock

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by MattMaier, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. MattMaier

    MattMaier Washington Member

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    I have a .62 caliber northwest trade gun coming my way soon and I was wondering. This is a question to anyone who owns such a gun or something similar like a Kentucjky rifle. I want to put a sling on it but it doesn't come with swivels. Those of you who have put slings on your flintlocks or percussion guns, how did you do it?
     
  2. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Matt there are a number of different ways to do this. If your rifle didn't come with sling swivels then obviously you can go that route and install period correct sling swivels.

    OR...you can go more primitive traditional and do what a lot of frontiersmen/women did and that is something like this...take a high grade piece of leather which is flexible but strong and cut and rig it like shown on this Shiloh Sharps 50-70. You get 100 extra points if you recognize the person's thumb holding the rifle while I took the photos!!!! He is well known in the defensive firearms community...anyway I digress...

    Butt Stock wrap.... Bottom of stock or Toe of Butt is up because the sling hangs down normally.

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    Forearm...

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  3. NWCustomFirearms

    NWCustomFirearms Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    I like the above mentioned method. Cabelas also sells a fringe leather sling that wraps around the butt and the barrel. I use it on my hunting muzzle loader.