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    Posted: Mar 21 2022 at 1:14pm
Were IBM slings ever marked with a date? My initial searches have just turned up examples marked “I.B.M.” on its own.

I just got another sling that appears to be marked “I.B.M.” With a date beneath it. Unfortunately as is so common with these the markings are somewhat obscure. I can definitely make out the “I.B.”. Working on some pictures once I finish cleaning it up.


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I think I see what you are seeing, but with the poor condition of the markings it is really too hard to say for sure. I have never seen a dated IBM sling but on page 578 of War Baby II it mentions "I.B.M. Co. (year)" as a known sling marking. 
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Some have claimed that black light or an infrared viewer can make it easier to see the markings.

There are Garand slings marked BMC/1944 and Ricca contends that there are carbine slings that MAY be marked that way and some claim it says IBM/1944.

Just the same the SMCo can look like BMC or IBM and they had the date as well
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Some examples of the IBM marked slings that I've run across.




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Here's a link we 'Sticky Bookmarked' with some input from Mr Ricca and pictures of some marked slings.


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ETA: @ Dave: Really nicely marked IBM's, some of the nicest I've seen Thumbs Up
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