Bayonet 1869 RIC pattern Trials model

Bayonet 1869 RIC pattern Trials model

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Weapon Overview
It was decided in April 1869 that 200 rifles Martini rifles were to be manufactured at Enfield to be issued for exhaustive troop trials, with a specific bayonet to be decided on by the Military. Subsequently a sub committee was formed to discuss which bayonet type was to be selected, consisting purely of the Military members of the Small Arms panel, headed by Lt Colonel H.C Fletcher of the Scots Fusilier Guards, Captain Rawlings of the 48th Regiment and Captain Mackinnon of the 3rd Buffs. They reported back on the 26th May 1869 that the choice was to be a ferocious 23.5” experimental straight bladed sword bayonet, designed to mount upon a steel lug on the right side of the front barrel band. The bayonet itself was an adaptation of an existing pattern, provided to the Royal Irish Constabulary for their Snider carbines. The weapon had a checker leather grip and steel hand guard, and had fullered 18.1” blade with two lines of cutting teeth, designed as a bayonet and tool to provide the soldier with a saw for wood and for the cutting of forage meat.