Sling Swivel


Fixed Sling Swivel. European sling swivels like the above tend to be mounted permanently, with bales wide enough to accept leather slings wide at the point of attachment. The strap part can be wider.



  Fixed; on the forend of a full-stocked carbine.


Quick-Detachable Sling Swivels.    Left: Forged, Winchester Super Grade, to fit 5/16" wide stud.                                  Right: Common Standard "Uncle Mike's" type, to fit 1/4" wide stud.


Inletted and pedestalled base for a standard quick detachable sling swivel.


Winchester "Super Grade" Sling Swivel Base. Favored by Hoffman and Griffin & Howe. The stud is wide. It can accept bales of different widths. But the standard, again, is 1 inch.


Sling Swivel - A slender steel bale about which a carry sling is folded. May be permanently affixed to the rifle or quick-detachable. Normal on American rifles. Frequent on European shotguns. Virtually non-existent on American and English shotguns.

Another system uses studs with larger-diameter eyes.  Photo   The English use this system for their rawhide-thong-end slings. These, when tied through the sling eyes provide almost completely silent operation. Winchester, in the late 19th century used a similar mounting to the rifle, but provided sling swivels fitted with a wire hook---which clipped through the sling eye.



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