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    Posted: November 23 2021 at 11:07am
After almost two months, I feel that we need a change of scenery!

Although only one of these bayonets will fit a Lee Enfield, several were made by Enfield which also produced their rifles. 

Herewith some Martini Bayonets:  
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That is a superb collection!
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That's a great collection Terry .
I do have one of the spike bayonets in the wall of our barn. It was built late 19th century. Probably put there to hang a sack of hay from for the horse's.
There are battle sites close by from the Prussian war. So these spike bayonets turn up occasionally at local brocantes (yard sale of the whole village).
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Zed, Sadly the collection isn't complete.  Missing the second model of the Pat 1887 - very uncommon. Typical of the frugal War Office two of the bayonets originally fitted the earlier Enfield muzzle-loader and Snider, but were bushed to fit the Martini. One of these is the first of the spike bayonets, the Pat 1853. The other two spikes are the 1876, and the 1895 for the Martini Enfield. 
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I had no idea there were that many Martini bayonets.  

Loading and shooting blackpowder loads in the Martini is a lot of fun.  Pretty stout recoil with 480-500 grain bullets.  
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Britrifles, the bayonets shown naturally include those for the Martini Metfords and Martini Enfields.

I have also experienced the effects of firing .577/450 cartridges! However, shooting .303 Martini Enfield Cavalry Carbines weighing about 6 lbs 11 oz is something that can likewise be remembered!
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I have a few tri-cornered bayos for my pat 1853 Enfield
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very nice , i had a couple of those but i seldom saw most of them when i was looking , but then i didnt have but two martinis in my collection , 
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The .450 Martini Henrys and their (chronologically) sequenced bayonets: 
Mks. I, I/II, II, III, AC, CC, IVa, IVb & IVc.  
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Very nice collection!
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I never see these spike bayonets here in the States.
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I bought a slightly rusty 1853 type bayonnet for 3 Euro's a couple of years back. 
This was at a local village brocante. It was attached to a broom handle; and a guy was looking at it and asked the price. 3 Euros says the seller; " I'll give you 2" says the guy. "No" says the seller (Meanwhile I'm sorting 3 Euro in change in my pocket). 2.50 says the guy; "No it's 3 Euro's" says the seller.
As soon as the guy turns away; (probably expecting the seller to say OK 2.50. I step forward " Here's 3 Euro" and off we walk with the bayonnet; just as the other guy was turning back!

I gave it to a neighbour who's in to the local history of the 1870 Prussian war; of which the region was heavily involved. In particular the 18th October 1870 battle of Chateaudun.

Here's the one in the wall!

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