Clarification

In comments to my last post, KurtP asked:

But looking at the pics and your step-by-step, I’m wondering something.
It looks like the back (stock) strap is held in by the oiler.

I’m sure that being a sailor, you’re a believer in the KISS principle (like me), so just curious why not just double-up the sling and put the loop through the stock?

That’s what it seems like you’re doing, but with lots of extra steps.

Or am I missing something not obvious?

I doubt that you are missing anything obvious. I’m guessing that my description simply was inadequate. Let me try to explain it a little better.

The oiler basically is the rear sling mount. The sling wraps around the oiler when installed. This serves a dual purpose, it provides a solid mounting point for the sling as well as retains the oiler to prevent its loss.

In keeping with my experience as a Navy Master Training Specialist, I find it impossible to clearly explain without illustrations so please refer to figure 1 (Click to make bigger).

This is a top down cutaway view of the stock, oiler and sling.

The oiler slot is cut into the stock with a slight bevel. This allows the oiler to fit past the opening into the slot. However, if the sling is wrapped around the oiler, it will not fit through the cut. Therefore, it is impossible to simply make a loop in the sling, push it through the cut, insert the oiler and then pull the whole thing into the stock cut. It simply won’t fit. If it would slip in that way, it would be able to slip out that way and the oiler would be lost.

It is possible to insert the oiler into the cut, then thread the sling through on one side, wrap it around the oiler and thread it through the other side. The method that I described…sliding the sling through the cut, inserting the oiler, and then threading the sling around the oiler and back through the cut…is the easiest method of installing the sling and oiler.

After the sling is installed in this way, the sling and oiler combination are too wide to fit back through the cut in the stock, they cannot slip out and, so, there is no way to lose the oiler and the sling is securely attached.

I hope that explained it a bit better, if not, let me know and I’ll try again.

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