Finally my bayonet arrived….
Yes, I don’t need one and it serves no purpose, but it is age related to the rifle, and it completes the outfit.
If you bought a VW Beetle that had its badge missing, you would replace the badge because it’s all part of what the Beetle is.
It’s the same with my Lee Enfield – It was designed and supplied with the bayonet, so it’s nice to keep the whole historic outfit together because it’s all part of what the WW1 Lee Enfield is about.
With the steel attached to the front this WW1 rifle is even more humbling. The thought of those thousands upon thousands of soldiers, fighting close combat with weapons like this…in fact this very one was there…it really makes you stop and respect what has gone on before us.
I hope Alex takes an interest in history. I think it is important to know what people have had to go through to give us what we have today. A 90 year old rifle gives somrthing solid to hold onto, a real link with the past that helps put you in touch with history. Unless you hold and fire one yourself, you probably wouldn’t grasp what I mean to such an extent.