Bayonet Sharpening

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by vampireuk, Sep 10, 2009.

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  1. I've recently been asked if I can sharpen my Battalions bayonets before they deploy, yes I know, hours locked away sharpening bayonets whilst watching porn does seem ideal however, are they allowed to be sharpened? I've never heard anything official on it, just the usual that's not allowed. Can somebody clarify this for me please?
  2. Dont! You might cut yourself.
  3. Sharpened prior to deploying only, so crack on
  4. They are not allowed to be sharped until officially sanctioned to do so, as once sharpened then they need to be 1043'd and replaced with unsharpened one's upon return.

    Ask your units Armourer, as they go a little spastic when this happens as to a recent MEI
  5. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Mate you must have miss read the pam. you are supposed to ensure their not sharp and to remove the pointy bit at thre front so that nobody can be injured by them. its an H&S thing you know.
  6. While your at it all rounds need to be re-pointed as well.
  7. And don't forget to wipe them down well with "group tightener." (Tightener, group, small arms, tube, one each" NSN 69006900)
  8. whilst your sharpening those rounds, don't forget to cut notches into the tip.

    (so they don't hurt as much)

  9. you shouldn't have to do it,

    its the armourers job.
  10. Send them all up the cookhouse.
  11. Golden thread! I just love it. Begs the question though, where are all those dangerous sharpies going? Also do the Ghurkas have to use the same form 1043 or do they need something more substantial.

  12. Well I am the Armourer, I've just not been asked to sharpen the buggers before. :D

    Well, they can sod off if they think I'm working weekends to sharpen bayonets. :)
  13. Think you'll find they can be sharpened on any day.
  14. You would have to work here to understand. :threaten:
  15. *puts nerd hat on*

    Don't sharpened bayonets have a tendency to 'stick' when used? If i remember correctly bayonets should have a sharpened point to penetratre clothing/CBA but a comparitively blunt blade to stop it getting stuck in ribs etc. Its the trauma caused by the thing being stuck in you and not the sharp cut from the edge that actually does the damage, hence the 'spike' bayonets for the SMLE.

    *takes nerd hat off*.