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|11th February 2005||Artillery Bayonet - Carbine|
I have just aquired an 1879 pattern Artillery sawback bayonet. It is dated 1900 and is consistent in design to the new production 1879 pattern mentioned on www.martinihenry.com/bayonets.
I was surprised to discover that the bushing on the barrel ring is marginally too small to fit over the barrel of my MkII and MkIII Martini -Henry rifles. I do not possess a carbine at this time.
my question is: Can anyone tell me whether the barrel of the carbines were slightly narrower than the rifle or have I got a bayonet bushed for a 303 artillery carbine?
|12th February 2005||Adrian Whiting|
Typically the 1879 pattern Artillery Sword Bayonet has a muzzle ring diameter of 17.5mm . The Common Socket bayonets for the MHR and the bushed and newly made Yataghan shaped sword bayonets are 18.1mm.
The 1879 Artillery bayonet was not intended for the MHR, only the MHC, and the marginal difference in muzzle ring diameter is enough to stop one being fitted to the other.
|12th February 2005||Carl|
I knew you would know. Thanks a lot.
I can relax now.