~ WW2 British No.5 MkII Jungle Carbine Bayonet By Radcliffe ~
This is a rare number 5 Mark II bayonet (Mk 1 bayonets had only a single screw holding the wooden grips in place), for the No.5 Mk 1 Lee Enfield. The rifle had a shorter barrel and was lighter in weight, purposely made for airborne troops in the European theatre of World War II. Despite its initial purpose, the No.5 carbine saw most of its service in post war colonial conflicts such as the Malayan Emergency, earning it the nickname “Jungle Carbine.”
Production of the No.5 bayonet began in March 1944, and finished in December 1947.
This bayonet is one of only 75,000 made by Radcliffe.
The clip-point Bowie blade has a single edge and long single fuller below the rounded spine.
The scabbard is marked with a serial number "s294". There are no other markings.
The wrap around wooden grips show minor use marks and are held tightly in place by two screws.
The bayonet is complete with its original, early issue Mk1 silver coated scabbard (later scabbards had brass throats).
This is a clean and honest example of a rare British bayonet.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade has a length of 7 ½ inches (19 cm) and the sword in its scabbard has a total length of 12 ½ inches (32 cm).
It weighs 455 g.
~ Condition ~
This blade is in fair used condition with some pitting.
The grips remain in good condition with the expected usage.
The catch button functions as intended.
The metal around the bayonet and scabbard shows some signs of aging but the item is in good order.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £24 or it can be inspected in our shop.
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