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Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

 
Russe11
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Possibly the most evil looking WW2 melee weapon?
Only about 3000 were produced, mainly for the Australian airborne units. The idea was to save weight by combining a machete and bayonet. They probably were never used in action as Australia never had enough planes available to actually drop their airborne troops anywhere.

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Topic starter Posted : 30/05/2015 5:14 pm
Granger
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I certainly wouldn't want to be on the end of that!

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Ralph

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Posted : 30/05/2015 5:21 pm
Russe11
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Possibly not as good for cooking sausages as the British equivalent

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Topic starter Posted : 30/05/2015 5:23 pm
Granger
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Could make a nice spatula for eggs though. I'll bring my pig sticker bayonet and we can cook a full English next game! :D

Regards,

Ralph

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Posted : 31/05/2015 12:31 pm
Russe11
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Sadly the chances of me getting my hands on one are slim. I just stumbled across info on it and thought it was an interesting item.
The Australian Parachute battalion is quite an interesting unit, possibly one of the most elite units to never see any action in WW2.

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Topic starter Posted : 31/05/2015 3:48 pm
McVickers
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Also to note, unlike most other sensible bayonet designs; when these are fitted to the end of the rifle, some of the production run which have a non-semetrical blade ended up obstructing the path of any bullet fired, so you'd have to take them back off again if you wanted to then shoot anything...

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Posted : 01/06/2015 10:58 am
 Jay7
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A thing of beauty...in my eyes anyway.




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Posted : 01/06/2015 1:27 pm
Russe11
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Also to note, unlike most other sensible bayonet designs; when these are fitted to the end of the rifle, some of the production run which have a non-semetrical blade ended up obstructing the path of any bullet fired, so you'd have to take them back off again if you wanted to then shoot anything...

Actually as these would go on a No1 MkIII* SMLE and not a No4, they go on the lug below the barrel and not on the end of the barrel. There should be enough clearance.

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Topic starter Posted : 01/06/2015 6:19 pm
McVickers
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Actually as these would go on a No1 MkIII* SMLE and not a No4, they go on the lug below the barrel and not on the end of the barrel. There should be enough clearance.

Who said anything about No.4s???
Of course they only fit a No.1, they're made out of 1903 pattern bayonet after all! Like I said in my original post - yes there should be enough clearance but.... "...some of the production run which have a non-semetrical blade ended up obstructing the path of any bullet fired"

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Posted : 04/06/2015 10:35 pm
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