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Bayonet ID #2

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    Default Bayonet ID #2

    Any help would be appreciated. Blade measures 16 3/4 in
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    looks like a standard british bayonet for a SMLE

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    Its a Australian No1 MkIII rifle bayonet patten 1907 from June 1942. The MA stands for Made in Austrlia and the OA on the tip of the scabbard is Orange Arsnal or somthing like that. As previously mentioned, its identical to the British version.

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    Yup, thanks all.

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    Quote by m3bobby View Post
    Its a Australian No1 MkIII rifle bayonet patten 1907 from June 1942. The MA stands for Made in Austrlia and the OA on the tip of the scabbard is Orange Arsnal or somthing like that. As previously mentioned, its identical to the British version.
    M3bobby is correct.

    Another give-away is the round 'frog retainer' knob.
    On non-Australian made scabbards, the knob is teardrop shape.......

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    OA is Orange (town) Arsenal and MA an earlier mark, Munitions Australia

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    Quote by AndyB View Post
    OA is Orange (town) Arsenal and MA an earlier mark, Munitions Australia
    I didn't realise MA was Munitions Australia, god only knows where I got 'Made In Australia'

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    Hello-the MA stamp was standard for the Lithgow small arms factory from its start in 1912 until 1942 when the decentralised sites in Orange OA, Bathhurst BA etc were started in the general region around Lithgow-generally it's believed that the MA stands for Munitions Australia but some sources still state it as Made in Australia-one of those things without a definitive answer in the available info.

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