Bayonet Pattern 53/74 socket
Bayonet Pattern 53/74 socket

Bayonet Pattern 53/74 socket

Weapon Specification
Date of Approval 21st December 1872
Length Overall: 20.7" Blade: 17"
Weight
Weapon Overview

Introduced in List of Change 2659, the Pattern 53/74 was a conversion of the exiting .577" calibre bayonets in store with a reducing bush to suit the Martini Henry rifle Mk1. The P54/74 was thet standard issue for other ranks until the introduction on the Common Socket bayonet in 1876. The blade has a pronounced curve outward to prevent injury to the hand on a muzzle loading rifle.

Actual approval of the bayonet was December 1872, however it was formally adopted with the rifle in 1874.