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XM9 Trials Bayonets; Phrobis, Royal Ordnance, S-Tron, Imperial, Marto, Eickhorn, Ontario; Post related photos, information, and documents here, please!


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Slufstuff

I once owned an SA80 bayonet (not the XM9 type). It might have been a good bayonet on the end of a rifle, but felt miserable in the hand. The off set blade would have been problematic for any actual knife tasks IMO. They might as well have made it as an updated socket bayonet, without any pretense of it being a knife.

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Slufstuff, yup the SA80 is an oddity. 

 

Since the Type-C XM9 had an M7 style locking pommel and muzzle ring as part of its design I'm surprised Royal Ordnance didn't just engineer their Type-C XM9 as a dedicated conventional style bayonet with the blade on the center axis with the grip. It seemed like there was no sense to having an offset blade and hollow grip since the rifle wouldn't be shooting through the grip like the SA80/L3A1 bayonet. Since the SA80/L3A1 is a cast metal bayonet, maybe it was just more cost effective to modify an already existing mold into a mold with Type-C changes rather than re-engineering a whole new design.  Nevertheless, the SA80 is already an odd bloke but with the added peculiarities of the Type-C mods, I think that's what really makes the Type-C XM9 stand out.  

 

The Royal Ordnance Type-A XM9 however, was designed to be mounted over the flash hider of the M16 platform of rifles; so, in respect to the Royal Ordnance Type-A XM9, I can see still retaining the offset design. 'crayj' has an excellent example of a Type-A XM9 and I can't wait for him to post it. 

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XM9 fans ... Ron Riede from Bayonet Trader (https://bayonetsonline.com/index.html) just updated me about his Phrobis XM9 bayonet, number A24. After checking the accessory pouch of #A24, Ron made a cool discovery ... Ron found out that his XM9 also had the "ACCESSORY/M-9 PISTOL MAGAZINE POUCH" note residing inside the pouch; something he was unaware of previously. Check out these photos:

 

 

A24 note a.jpg

A24 note b.jpg

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