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1944 WW2 AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO Mk1 A24 MACHETE PARACHUTIST FITS SMLE 303mk1macheteReg Price:
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About this itemRare limited edition replica WW2 AUSTRALIAN ARMY Mk I A24 MACHETE PARACHUTIST BAYONET, the original is near impossible to find and will set you back thousands of dollars. This superior quality Bayonet is an exact copy of the original which was first issued in 1944 to Australian Commandos.
The company AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL ARMS (AIA) only made 500 Bayonets and all were individually serial numbered, this one has the low number 0053. The Bayonet is marked with AIA Logo serial No 0053 and on the tang 1944 AIA 11 02.
Please note the Denix Replica 303 Lee Enfield is NOT ncluded , however available for purchase on our website.
History Of The Original Bayonet: The Duel purpose Mk I A24 Bayonet was originally made for airborne troops and was designed for use with the No. 1Mk III Rifle. It was approved for production on the 3rd of April 1944 and the pattern was sealed on the 12th of April 1944. In 1946 the nomenclature was amended to Machette bayonet MkI and a MkII was introduce. The machette bayonet was available to other personnel other than paratroops by this time.
The original drawings and prototypes were produced at Lithgow but it appears the actual production was done at Orange Small Arms Factory N.S.W. It is indicated in one of my reference books that Major Harcourt of the 2/6th Commando Squadron was involved in the design of this particular bayonet.
The overall length of the Mk I A24 is 16 inches; the blade length is 11.2 inches, muzzle ring diameter 16.5 mm and the scabbard 16.5 inches. The production run was only 3,412
The only markings on this Bayonet are a Broad arrow acceptance mark on the Ricasso and the Pommel is stamped 3724.
At one time it would have had SLAZ and the date stamped on one side of the Coachwood Handle Grip but I can only just make out part of this original stamping now.
The hilt and grips are the same as the No.1 Bayonet (Pattern 1907 A10 nomenclature changed to No.1 Mk I in 1926). The stampings on the Pommel ranged from 3001 to 6412 so it would appear this particular example was made in the first order.
It comes with its original Olive and Khaki Webbing and Canvas Scabbard, which is stitched and reinforced with 3 copper rivets. The mouthpiece is made of spring steel and the retaining loop has a Brass Press-stud to secure the pommel. Printed on the back of the Scabbard is R.M.B. Ltd. 1944.
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