Leaving aside it is one of the few British bayonets of its era (and earlier) that is a reasonable length/shape for use as a knife/dagger which might make it more attractive, I always assumed that the short service life of the No5 and the comparatively low production figures (@251,000 rifles and @315,000 bayonets) were what drove the prices up, but I just checked and the production figures for the No7 Bayonet appear just slightly higher and they do not command nearly the prices of the No5 so I am not sure. (production figures from British Small Arms of WW2 Skennerton)My ROF F , 1947 has a M47C marked flash hider.
Perhaps some one knows why these bayonets are scarce and have always demanded outrageous prices.
Does the Sterling bayonet have its own designation? The only difference between the two is the lack of a clearing hole in the pommel & having STERLING etched into the bladeThe Sterling bayonet will fit the no5, and cost a bit less, but those too aren't as plentiful as they were a few years ago.
Afraid not as it lacks a mortise for an under-lug. The No7 has the same mortise and catch setup as the No4 and No9 bayonets. The enlarged "muzzle ring" on the No7 is strictly a shoot-through on the crosspiece for the No4 rifle series and the Sten MkV with its barrel mounted bayonet lugs.Doesn't the No7 bayonet fit as well?
Used to have pics showing the differences. Where they went is..???What is everyone's opinion on reproduction No. 5 bayonets. How is the workmanship and do they even fit on the gun properly and latch. Are they made of castings?
I bought a couple of No.5s back in 2002 or 3, when they were plentiful. I desperately wanted a bayonet, but none were available at the time. I eventually found a repro at Sarco, I believe. Getting them to ship it was like pulling teeth. Having no other choice, I bought it for $65. It was more than I wanted to spend, but it was the only game in town. Crosspiece & pommel are painted black.What is everyone's opinion on reproduction No. 5 bayonets. How is the workmanship and do they even fit on the gun properly and latch. Are they made of castings?