Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

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Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby Russe11 » Sat May 30, 2015 5:14 pm

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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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Re: Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby Granger » Sat May 30, 2015 5:21 pm

I certainly wouldn't want to be on the end of that!
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Re: Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby Russe11 » Sat May 30, 2015 5:23 pm

Possibly not as good for cooking sausages as the British equivalent :rofl:
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Re: Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby Granger » Sun May 31, 2015 12:31 pm

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
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Re: Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby Russe11 » Sun May 31, 2015 3:48 pm

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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Re: Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby McVickers » Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:58 am

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... :slap:
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Re: Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby Jay7 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:27 pm

A thing of beauty...in my eyes anyway.
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Re: Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby Russe11 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:19 pm

McVickers wrote: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... :slap:

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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Re: Australian Mk1 Parachutists machete bayonet

Postby McVickers » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:35 pm

Russe11 wrote: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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