Of the whole Lee-Enfield family, the No. I is probably the most obscure variant to enter production, and was certainly the least successful. Only seeing action in the final part of WWII, it went on to have a fairly long postwar career around the world.
The No. Like all of the Lee-Enfield family, it was a bolt-action rifle. Compared to the Enfield No. A regular Enfield No. The Enfield No. I Jungle Carbine. To achieve weight reduction, every idea was used.
The butt was slightly reduced in length and size, and capped with a thin metal buttplate. The rear sling attachment was buried into the right side of the buttstock instead of being bolted underneath it, removing a bit more wood and weight.
Besides being shorter than a regular Enfield barrel, the barrel on the No. I was also slightly thinner. Areas of removed metal on the rear part of the barrel and ejector port. Further metal was removed on the right side of the action, the trigger guard was of thinner metal, and even the bolt handle knob was hollowed-out and truncated. I was fed from a round detachable box magazine, and fired the.
The light aluminum in the nose resulted in a tail-heavy performance after impact, causing more severe wounds. The Mk. VI rounds however by few of these were still in regular use. It could also fire the.New Posts. Members Profile. Post Reply. While I am currently traveling around the UK I ended up in a gun shop today. What he came back with was a dated un issued bayonet, still covered in cosmoline. I am a happy boy.
Will post a photo when I get back to Aus. Un-issued 5 bayonets are rare these days. Those bayonets also found use on Sterling machine guns. A square 10 wrote: look for a P in a circle near the handgard - it is pooles markingoften very faint. Beautiful bayonet - mine has an N79 stamped in the same place, anyone know where it came from?
You got me to thinking. On the flip side there is a W. Scabbard is metal. Any info? You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot create polls in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum. Castles made of sand slip into the sea Here you go.
Items in search results. Search refinements Categories. Collectibles Militaria 2. Automotive 4. Format see all Format. All Listings filter applied. Buy It Now. Condition see all Condition. New Used 1. Not Specified 5. Please provide a valid price range. Item Location see all Item Location. Default filter applied. Canada Only. North America. Show only see all Show only. Free Returns. Free shipping. Completed listings.Today, it is considered an ancillary weapon or a weapon of last resort. The term bayonette itself dates back to the second half of the 16th century, but it is not clear whether bayonets at the time were knives that could be fitted to the ends of firearms, or simply a type of knife.
For example, Cotgrave's Dictionarie describes the bayonet as "a kind of small flat pocket dagger, furnished with knives; or a great knife to hang at the girdle". Likewise, Pierre Borel wrote in that a kind of long-knife called a bayonette was made in Bayonne but does not give any further description. Early bayonets were of the "plug" type, where the bayonet was fitted directly into the barrel of the musket.
The bayonet had a round handle that slid directly into the musket barrel. This naturally prevented the gun from being fired. They were issued to part of an English dragoon regiment raised inand to the Royal Fusiliers when raised in The major problem with plug bayonets was that when attached they made it impossible to fire the musket, requiring soldiers to wait until the last possible moment before a melee to fix the bayonet. The defeat of forces loyal to William of Orange by Jacobite Highlanders at the Battle of Killiecrankie in was due among other things to the use of the plug bayonet.
Shortly thereafter, the defeated leader, Hugh Mackayis believed to have introduced a socket bayonet of his own invention.
Soon "socket" bayonets would incorporate both socket mounts and an offset blade that fit around the musket's barrel, which allowed the musket to be fired and reloaded while the bayonet was attached.
An unsuccessful trial with socket or zigzag bayonets was made after the Battle of Fleurus inin the presence of King Louis XIVwho refused to adopt them, as they had a tendency to fall off the musket. Shortly after the Peace of Ryswickthe English and Germans abolished the pike and introduced socket bayonets.
However it had no lock to keep it fast to the muzzle and was well-documented for falling off in the heat of battle.
British No.5 Bayonet. Jungle Carbine Bayonet
By the 18th century, socket bayonets had been adopted by most European armies. Inthe French infantry adopted a spring-loaded locking system that prevented the bayonet from accidentally separating from the musket. A triangular blade was introduced around and was stronger than the previous single or double-edged models, creating wounds which were harder to treat due to the propensity of healing scar tissue to pull apart the triangular incision.
The 19th century introduced the concept of the sword bayoneta long-bladed weapon with a single- or double-edged blade that could also be used as a shortsword. Its initial purpose was to ensure that riflemen could form an infantry square properly to fend off cavalry attacks when in ranks with musketmen, whose weapons were longer.
A prime early example of a sword bayonet-fitted rifle is the British Infantry Rifle of —, later known as the " Baker Rifle ".I bayonet was fabricated out of sheet steel and utilized a rod-style blade copied from the No. I bayonet to use the existing No. Even more crude than the later No.
I represented the ultimate in Second World War bayonet simplicity. The firm of B. Sippel Ltd. This example was assembled by the firm Grundy Ltd. The socket also bears a partial Broad Arrow acceptance mark. The large forward projection on the stamped spring steel catch serves as a fingerguard, so the bayonet can also be used as a hand weapon.
Edmonds Ltd. Nearly all of the bayonets were believed scrapped, making period examples like this one quite rare today. Many reproductions and fakes have been produced, owing to the near unobtainability of period examples. Sippel, a German firm owned by two Jewish brothers, relocated from Germany to Sheffield in Sippel was a peacetime manufacturer of stamped cutlery that continued into the s. Today, their old Sipelia Works factory is a homeless shelter. This example was made by the Wilkinson Sword Co.
The scabbard is the early No. Unlike most bayonets, the wooden grip scales wrap completely around the tang. Early examples have the grip secured by a single screw and a press stud without the screw slot. These early examples are very scarce today. I bayonets were produced by the end of Wartime production was carried out by four manufacturers:.
An unknown quantity were produced post-war at the Royal Ordinance Factory, Poole. I bayonets were also commercially produced by Sterling Ltd. Ishapore bayonets were made in small quantity. More recently, a large quantity of RFI-marked reproductions has surfaced. The vast majority of RFI-marked No. I bayonets encountered today are reproductions.
Ricasso R. Side : Crown over "?? Wilkinson marked their No. The F-S has never lost its popularity with troops going in harm's way and remains in production today.The Rifle No.
However its operational use was in post-war colonial campaigns such as the Malayan emergency - where it gained its common nickname of the "Jungle Carbine". Production began in Marchand finished in December The No. A number of "lightening cuts" were made to the receiver body and the barrel, the bolt knob drilled out, woodwork cut down to reduce weight and had other new features like a flash suppressor and a rubber buttpad to help absorb the increased recoil and to prevent slippage on the shooters clothing while aiming.
According to official recoil tests the No. Of the No. Due to the large conical flash suppressor, the No 5 Mk I could only mount the No. One of the complaints leveled against the No. Tests conducted during the mid to late s appeared to confirm that the rifle did have some accuracy issues, likely relating to the lightening cuts made in the receiver, combined with the presence of a flash suppressor on the end of the barrel,  and the British Government officially declared that the Jungle Carbine's faults were "inherent in the design" and discontinued production at the end of Anecdotal evidence from shooters of military surplus firearms suggests that the wandering zero problem would be alleviated by free-floating the barrel and glass-bedding the action.
Nonetheless, it has also been pointed out by historians and collectors that the No. No reports of wandering zero are explained by the inability to truly "zero" the "tangent sights" used on SMLE rifles and there also exist no reports or demonstrations of "Jungle Carbines" maintaining or returning to "zero".Enfield No.5 Mk1 Jungle Carbine shooting
The massive amount of barrel length removed from SMLE rifles as different "marks" were developed could easily explain why the "Jungle Carbine" has nothing like the reputation for accuracy and precision other "marks" are praised for despite having the shortest, most-rigid and presumably the newest barrels available. The most common cause of worn-out muzzles, crowns and rifling is daily cleaning of unused rifles with steel cleaning rods from the muzzle end.
Though they did not invent the name, the designation "Jungle Carbine" was used by the Golden State Arms Corporation in the s and s to market sporterised military surplus Lee—Enfield rifles under the "Santa Fe" brand.
Grab Yourselves a Piece of History! British No. The rifle had a shorter barrel and was lighter in weight, purposely made for airborne troops in the European theatre of World War II. Despite its initial purpose, the No. This bayonet is one of only 75, made by Radcliffe. The mm clip-point Bowie blade has a single edge and long single fuller below the rounded spine.
The blade is in good condition and has been service sharpened. The blade has scratches and minor marks consistent with use. The wrap around wooden grips are in good condition and are held tightly in place by two screws, one of which bears a Broad Arrow stamp. The grips show minor use marks and are stamped with the War Department Broad Arrow mark and the number The frog stud of the scabbard bears the War Department Broad Arrow stamp. The scabbard retains its original black finish.
This is a clean and honest example of a rare British bayonet. All rights reserved.