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Australian Vietnam War Era SLR L1A2 Bayonet & No5 MkII Scabbard – Near Mint Condition

Australian Vietnam War Era SLR L1A2 Bayonet & No5 MkII Scabbard – Near Mint Condition

$225.00
Product code: 52

Availability: SOLD

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AUSTRALIAN L1A2 BAYONET WITH NUMBER 5 MARK II SCABBARD AND FROG MANUFACTURED BY LITHGOW AFTER 1959 TO FIT THE AUSTRALIAN VERSION OF THE FN FAL: THE SELF LOADING RIFLE (SLR) AND THE F1 MACHINE CARBINE.  This is a near mint example of the L1A2 Bayonet manufactured by Lithgow after February 1959 to equip the Australian Army's L1A1 SLR.

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AUSTRALIAN L1A2 BAYONET WITH NUMBER 5 MARK II SCABBARD AND FROG MANUFACTURED BY LITHGOW AFTER 1959 TO FIT THE AUSTRALIAN VERSION OF THE FN FAL: THE SELF LOADING RIFLE (SLR) AND THE F1 MACHINE CARBINE.  This is a near mint example of the L1A2 Bayonet manufactured by Lithgow after February 1959 to equip the Australian Army's L1A1 SLR.  This rifle was the standard Australian Assault Rifle between 1959 and 1991.  They were employed by Australian forces in all of the campaigns undertaken between those dates most notably in Vietnam. A photograph of Australian ‘Diggers’ in Vietnam, one of who is carrying L1A2 Bayonet fitted to his SLR rifle, is attached to this listing.

There are no markings visible on this bayonet, which is normal, as in Australian production code numbers were deleted as of the 10th February 1959.  This bayonet was therefore manufactured at Lithgow after that date. These bayonets are very similar to both the early British L1A1 and Canadian L1A2 and the later British L1A3 and L1A4.  However, in addition to the absence of a stamped code number, Australian produced L1A2’s also incorporated some minor production differences to bayonets produced in the UK and Canada.  These differences included fuller and blade profiles as well as blade finish. 

Most Australian produced bayonets were either manufactured or have been re-furbished with a parkerized finish. This example still retains all of its original factory finish and is in near mint condition as is the Number 5 Mark II Scabbard which is still fitted with its M.E.Co 1961 dated bayonet frog (see pictures).

This is an Australian SLR L1A2 Bayonet in superb ‘as new’ condition produced by Lithgow: steel hilt with a shaped steel press stud and internal spring, two piece steel grips, secured by two rivets, straight steel crossguard with muzzle ring and short quillon.  Single edged fullered steel blade with curved false top edged Bowie blade.

Maker: Lithgow
Overall Length: 297.0 mm
Blade Length:  198.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  24.0 mm
Muzzle Ring Diameter:  15 mm 
Scabbard: Number 5 Mark II, blued steel with a circular fixing stud.
Overall length of scabbard:  217.0 mm
Frog: Tan Webbing, stamped on rear face M.E. Co. 1961

This is a superb Australian Lithgow manufactured L1A2 SLR Bayonet in near mint original condition; you will not find a better example of one of these increasingly sought after bayonets anywhere.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.0000
Country of Origin Australian
Pattern L1A2 Bayonet
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker Lithgow
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1965
Overall Length (mm) 297
Blade Length (mm) 198
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 24
Scabbard No5 MkII Scabbard
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 217
Frog Tan Webbing, stamped on rear face M.E. Co. 1961