WW2 British No 7 MK1L Land Service bayonet, original metal scabbard; made by Birmingham Small Arms (M47A). BSA manufactured just 25K of No.7 MK1/L bayonets. Unused and in excellent overall condition; scarce type in general and VERY rare this nice.
Original WW-2 era British No. 7 Mk1/L (Land Service) bayonet & scabbard for Lee Enfield bolt action rifle and MkV Sten sub-machine gun; a rare type. Only 176,000 of these complex & difficult to manufacture bayonets were made in total. This specimen is the rarest of them all: manufactured by Birmingham Small Arms, Small Heath assembler (M47A dispersal code), it is one of just 25,000 Land Service bayonets ever made by BSA.
The “seven” was a very innovative but complex design with a unique swiveling pommel; certainly a design “over-kill” for a nation at war. Part knife-bayonet and part socket-bayonet, the No. 7 Mk-I/L could be mounted on Lee Enfield No. 4 bolt action rifles AND on Sten sub-machine guns AND it could be used as a fighting knife. Despite all of its versatility, the “seven” was not used in combat during WW2. Instead, these bayonets were used for ceremonial purposes on just a few occasions. VERY small quantity of these unique bayonet-knives survived post-war.
This bayonet is unused; the scabbard has some minor paint loss on the ridges. Original factory edge on the blade; the tip is intact. Paxolin handle (a resin composite) is in excellent shape; bayonet release and swiveling lock mechanisms are perfect and 100% functional. This bayonet/fighting knife is about 12-5/8″ / 32 cm overall; the blade is about 8-1/8″ / 20.7 cm. Original black paint on the scabbard, it has not been re-painted; there is no frog.
This rare WW2 British No 7 MK1L Land Service bayonet has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 We have a few more British, Commonwealth, and American WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, as well as several scarce WW1 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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