P1907 bayonet marking ???

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by garyknowz, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. garyknowz

    garyknowz New Member

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    Greetings!

    I have a P1907 bayonet here (I believe) with some markings I'm not familiar with. On one side it has MA over the 1907. Below that is has 9 43. On the other side is an arrow pointing toward the tip and beneath that XOA. I cannot find a manufacturers mark. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!
     
  2. stuntman19832000

    stuntman19832000 New Member

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    ma is an Australian manufacturer it means manufactured in Lithgow. the 9 43 im pretty sure is the month and year it was made as for the other mark I'm not sure. There is also a British mark that is m 47 a it's Birmingham small arms.
     
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  3. marysdad

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    The "MA" stands for Machinery Armaments. Lithgow beagn using this mark in the late 1920s and its use continued through World War II. The arrow is a government acceptance mark. Referred to as the "broad arrow," this mark originated in Britain and was eventually adopted by most of the Commonwealth countries. The "X" is a "bend test mark," which signified that the blade steel temper was within spec. "OA" is an abbreviation for "Orange Arsenal." Orange Arsenal was an additional small arms plant set up in 1942.
     
  4. sidcass

    sidcass New Member

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    Old thread I know...

    I have what I think is a L1A3/4 bayonet with markings on..."AM"

    Does anyone know this meaning? Also a "C" on the grip

    Any advice appreciated

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    AM 86 on the ricasso

    I'm trying to find as much info as possible and if its worth anything at all
     
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  5. marysdad

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    This is a L1A4 bayonet, on account of the long fuller and plain (as opposed to 'waisted') crosspiece. L1A3 bayonets with the plain crosspiece had the short blade fuller. The "C" marking is common on L1A4 pommels, however, the "AM86" marking much less so. Some speculate this to indicate manufacture in 1986. However, I haven't seen anything to substantiate that (it is possible, just can't say that it is fact). In an earlier time, "AM" signified Air Ministry. However, that went by the wayside in the mid-1960s and the L1A4 did not enter production until 1973.