When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling
I had one just like this one back in the 90's, except mine was 1947 dated IIRC. It had the worst recoil of any rifle I ever shot! I couldn't get anyone else at the range to try it after they saw it rocking me back. I made the mistake of shooting it sitting with the rifle on a rest the first time! After that, I only shot it off-hand (standing) so I could rock with the recoil.
One day, during a moment of temporary insanity, I sold it. I wish I still had it... I know I won't get another one for $165, which is what I paid for that one.
Thanks for the pics Time Bandit. Bayonet looks like its in great condition. I've been looking for one for a while but cant seem to find the right one for the right price.
In Australia these bayonets seem to go for anywhere between $300-$380AUD. The ones I seem to come across have all been messed with in someway. Im still on the hunt for a good one.
Not sure how much in your part of the world.
Nice! One that I've wanted for years. Just haven't studied them enough yet as I know there are lots of fakes out there. All in due time...
My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them
"Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)
I don't own one and don't consider myself to be any sort of expert but it looks good to me, in really good condition. Time Bandit posted a similar one although re blued in 2013. He might be able to tell you if there were any similar pommel markings on his: Jungle enfield bayonet
I've seen a few No 5 bayonets with pommel markings but I can't remember seeing the same KSM marking before. It seems lightly/thinly marked. I imagine it was marked post factory.
Do you own this example or are you looking to buy it?