Post by tenthvacavalry on Aug 14, 2011 9:47:37 GMT -5
When the carbine is carried by the sling over a cavalryman's shoulder, the muzzle has a tendancy to swing around, and the thimble is used to control this. The Carbine thimble was buckled to the saddle or saddle rigging, and then barrel of the carbine was slid through the thimble, thuis controling the carbines movement when slung.
Post by Dave Myrick on Oct 23, 2011 10:33:05 GMT -5
The thimble was attached to the off side d ring. The barrel of the carbine was inserted into the thimble and the sling adjusted to hold the carbine at a height that prevented the rear sight from entering the thimble. How often they were used is anyone's guess. Dave Myrick