82 Pattern Bayonet Frogs

We are nearing the end of our study of the Canadian 82 pattern set, but we still have a few bits to look at and tonight we are considering two different variants of the 82 pattern bayonet frog:imageThere are actually three variations of the bayonet frog, an earlier design for the C1 bayonet was shorter and lacked a top strap, sadly I do not have an example of that one. When the C7 was introduced it was found that the bayonet could easily fall out of the scabbard so a new design was introduced with a top strap. Two distinct versions of this frog exist, the earliest securing with Velcro:imageThis was clearly found to be inadequate as a variant was introduced that replaced the Velcro with a press stud:imageBoth have a pair of nylon loops to hold the stud on the bayonet scabbard:imageThe rear of one of the frogs has an NSN number and the owner’s name written on in pen:imageInterestingly I have seen accounts that suggest bayonets in the Canadian army were armoury issued rather than on permanent issue to troops, but they came pre-fitted in a frog. As it was a real pain to dismantle the webbing sets to fit the frog on every time, soldiers bought their own frog and left it permanently attached to the webbing, then took the bayonet and scabbard out of the frog issued by the armoury and fitted it into their own frog already on the webbing set; before reversing the process when it was time to hand the bayonets back in.

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