Japanese Type 99 Sling

(this is a big page but has lots of good stuff)

LEATHER VARIANT

Pictures and information courtesy of LoboMike

Sling Length -  39 1/4 inches

Sling Width -  1 3/8 inch

(Click on pictures below to enlarge)

 

This is a Japanese Type 99, 7.7 mm rifle.  It was used by Japan in WWII.  It is a very interesting rifle in that it was equiped with anti-aircraft sights and a monopod.  This particular rifle has an original sling as well.  The slings for these rifles are not seen often, and this is a nice example of what to look for.

 

Overview of the sling (click on the picture to enlarge)

 

Two views of the front sling swivel with the sling attached.  Notice the sling loop is held by a brass button.

 

These two pictures show the middle sling buckle.  Notice the wide, leather sling keeper.  The buckle is made out of brass.

 

These pictures are of the buttstock sling swivel and how the sling attaches to it.  There is another sling keeper on this end of the sling.

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LEATHER VARIANT TWO

 

Pictures and information courtesy of Earl Battey

This is an original WW2 Japanese Type 38 Rifle sling made of leather. The sling is unit marked with white kanji characters and numbers painted on the backside. It has all fittings and its leather keeper. The buckle is the correct type being of brass construction and NOT sewn onto the sling.

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LEATHER VARIANT THREE

Picture and information courtesy of Rob Rhodes

Leather Japanese sling.  Note the welted edges on the keepers and the strap.

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T-38 CARBINE LEATHER SLING

Picture and information courtesy of Rob Rhodes

Black leather T-38 carbine sling - just like the one pictured in Honeycutt's book page 58 (5th edition).

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LEATHER VARIANT WITH QUICK DETACH SNAP HOOK

Pictures and information courtesy of Glenn deRuiter

 

Very rare and original Japanese WW II leather sling used on the early Type 99 Arisaka rifles and the Type 2 take-down paratrooper rifle. Sling is the correct wide pattern as seen on the early Type 99's, and is fitted with an original quick-detach snap hook device on one end. This allowed for rapid removal of the sling, and was especially useful on the paratrooper models as those guns actually seperated into two pieces. See page 192 in Honeycutts's "Military Rifles of Japan" for description of this QD feature.

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LEATHER VARIANT WITH QUICK DETACH AND PROTECTIVE "DOG EAR"

Type 44 leather sling, quick detach snap

Above and below pictures courtesy of Rob Rhodes

Type 44 leather sling.  Notice the protective "dog ear" on the sling.

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T-44 CARBINE RUBBERIZED CANVAS SLING

Picture and information courtesy of Rob Rhodes

Type 44 carbine sling made of rubberized canvas.  Note the barrel band with slot for folding bayonet is still attached to the sling.

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RUBBERIZED CANVAS VARIANT

 

 

Pictures and information courtesy of Earl Battey

This is an original WW2 Japanese Type 99 Rifle sling made of rubberized canvas material. The sling is unit marked with white Kanji characters and numbers painted on the backside. It has all fittings and its leather keeper. The buckle is the correct type being of metal construction and NOT sewn onto the sling like with Swedish Mauser slings that are often advertised as being Japanese.

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UNISSUED RUBBERIZED CANVAS SLING

Pictures and information courtesy of Rob Rhodes

This is apparently an unissued T-99 sling.  It does not appear to ever have been on a rifle or to have been unrolled.  The sling is 1 3/8" wide and is the four layer type.  The markings show it to be a Nagoya dated Showa 17.11.  Nov. 1942.

 

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ANOTHER RUBBERIZED CANVAS SLING

Picture and information courtesy of Rob Rhodes

Rubberized canvas sling.  This one looks to be thicker than the on above.  It has the same type of Kanji writing on it.

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WEB VARIANTS

Pictures and information courtesy of Terry Duncan (click on pictures to enlarge)

Left:  WWII era Japanese web sling variation.  Right:  Another WWII variant of the Japanese web sling. 

Both web variants are rare, and both slings are 1" wide.

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WEB WITH OILCLOTH REINFORCEMENT

 

Pictures and information courtesy of Rob Rhodes

Canvas / web sling with oilcloth reinforcement on the end.

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ANOTHER WEB VARIANT

Picture and information courtesy of Rob Rhodes

Type 38 canvas sling (came off a Nagoya 4th Series carbine)

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WEB VARIANT WITH QUICK DETACH CLIPS

 

 

Above pictures and information courtesy of Militarynut

A hard to find Japanese web sling with quick detach clips.  Canvas with steel clips.

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Above pictures and information courtesy of Gary Murtha

Japanese canvas sling with quick detach clips.  This one has an interesting feature:  a name on the sling.

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Pictures courtesy of Jay Parisi

Web sling with quick detach snaps

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Last Ditch Variants

 

 

Above pictures and information courtesy of George Kauffeld

WWII Japanese T-99 short rifle sling. It is made of a greenish-brown fabric, and has a small rectangular wire buckle.

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Above picture and information courtesy of Gary Grace of www.rockhillordnance.com

An interesting woven sling on a "Last Ditch" Japanese Type 99 rifle.  Not sure if this was an issue sling, post war, or what.  Suggestions welcome.

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Picture and information courtesy of Earl Battey

Type 99 rifle with a hole in the buttstock for a rope sling instead of the usual rear sling swivel. It still has its original rope sling. 

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