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Bayonet Wood Grip Screws

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Category: Enfields
Forum Name: Enfield Bayonets
Forum Description: General discussion about bayonets for the Enfield rifles
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Topic: Bayonet Wood Grip Screws
Posted By: Chris D
Subject: Bayonet Wood Grip Screws
Date Posted: March 11 2020 at 4:28pm
I recently purchased a No.5 bayonet and took it apart to clean the metal and give the wood a good BLO treatment.   I put it back together as I found it.  Then I decided to do the same for all my bayonets with wooden grips.  While the No.5 had the screw heads going left to right, the rest of the British pattern bayonets have the screws going right to left.   Is there a standard?  I suspect it is right to left.  

Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: March 11 2020 at 5:35pm
what are the markings on you ricasso ? that might tell the story or it might be someone else did as you over the years and assembled different , one thing i learned in enfield collecting is - you never say never or always , 

i would actually have to pull mine out of the awkward place they are in to answer better - i may get to that , but in the meantime it looks fine - back together and the scales are dressed , i generally do mine in place , i never take apart what is not broken , just me , 

looks fine in the photo , here is mine - in the middle - appears to be left [bolt] to right [nut]ive not taken mine apart and ive owned it for near 16 years 

there are a lot missing in the photos i have as they are near 14 years old at best , but i still have them all for now , Big smile

Posted By: Goosic
Date Posted: March 11 2020 at 5:53pm
Just the opposite...

Posted By: Chris D
Date Posted: March 11 2020 at 6:04pm
Thanks.  Very nice set.  I will keep my eye out for a No.7 bayonet but my No.4 bayonet is more correct for my 1942 No.4 MK1.    The No.5 bayonet is a Poole 1946.  My concern was not knowing if there was metal preservative under the wood.  This will be a one time effort to ensure it is clean and to take the opportunity to oil the wood.  My American bayonets (save the Pattern 1917) are all plastic so I am not too concerned about them.   Ironically the all metal Long Branch No.4 Mk.II required the most cleaning as the scabbard was full of grease.  I was tired of getting grease everywhere whenever I removed the bayonet.

Posted By: Chris D
Date Posted: March 11 2020 at 6:06pm
Looks like right to left is the correct method.   Thanks

Posted By: Chris D
Date Posted: March 11 2020 at 6:24pm
Nice collections.   I will try to lay mine out.  Generally, I have one per rifle as you need a bayonet to complete the set.  Impresses the grandkids.  Here is one of them who had just done spotter duty at a vintage shoot.  

Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: March 11 2020 at 6:29pm
mine is also a poole , ive not got concerns as we keep these in climate controlled environments , not at all like they were designed for , we treat them far better than ever was thought for them in real life , 

goosic has a nice set as well , his no 5 appears to thread the opposite direction , but again i have not pulled mine out to inspect it , 

his no 7 find was a nice one , there are two of these , a red gripped and a black , he found the black first - the rarer of the two , i obviously found the red first but i did find a black in recent years , these are well suited to mk2 or mkiI/2 or mk!/3 rifles in my mind as is the no 9 variations , i always am looking to be as period correct as possible , i keep the earlier versions with my earlier rifles even tho they are fine with the latter , 

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