Bayonet Common socket Pattern 1876
Bayonet Common socket Pattern 1876 Bayonet Common socket Pattern 1876 Bayonet Common socket Pattern 1876

Bayonet Common socket Pattern 1876

Weapon Specification
Date of Approval 7th July 1876
Length Overall:25" Blade: 21.5"
Weight 24oz
Weapon Overview

The 22" Common socket bayonet was named the "Lunger" by the soldiers. Triangular in shape, the bayonet was purely a stabbing weapon, with no sharp edges. Known today as the Pattern 76', this is actually incorrect, the official name was the "Bayonet Common Long".  Bayonets were marked with the War Department stamp, and the Enfield Viewing marks. From July 21st 1882 socket bayonets were marked with the date of manufacture. The majority of the Common bayonets were manufactured by the Royal Small Arms factory Enfield, however BSA produced 5000 in the 1877 production year, the image illustrates this.

The scabbards were manufatured in black leather, with brass mountings. Internally a full length steel spring retained bayonet in the scabbard and the scabbards rigidity.  The original Common bayonet scabbard , the approved pattern of 7th June 1876 has three brass rivets, from 6th July 1877, new scabbards were produced with only two.

It is not unusual to see the bottom rivet hole of the chape elongated to allow the scabbard to flex and elongate  when a soldier kneeled wih bayonet fixed