Nylon SLR Bayonet Parade Frog

The introduction of the 58 pattern webbing had one unforeseen problem. Until this point it had been possible to use the issued webbing for parade duty just by whitening it. This often consisted of just a belt and bayonet frog. This was no longer possible with the 58 pattern set as it had the bayonet frog built into the left hand ammunition pouch. Initially existing stocks of 37 pattern webbing were used for parade duty, suitable whitened. At some point however it was decided that a more modern solution, one that did not involve whitening rubbing off onto a soldier’s uniform, was required and so bayonet frogs in a tightly woven white nylon were introduced:

These were self coloured so did not need to be whitened, with the associated problems this brought. The design chosen was very similar to the old 37 pattern design, but without the top steadying loop. The forg has two deep loops at the base to allow the stud of the bayonet scabbard to be held securely:

A loop is fitted to pass a belt through so it can hang at the waist:

Bayonets are relatively heavy, so heavy duty stitching is required so the frog doesn’t split apart over time and drop the bayonet on the floor at the least appropriate moment:

The bayonet frog is a secure, snug fit for an SLR bayonet:

These frogs were used up until the introduction of the SA80 which had a very different style of bayonet and so needed a new design of parade frog. Virtually identical frogs were used by the Australians with their SLRs.

One user gives this feedback on the bayonet frog:

Piece of rubbish! when marching, it used to move round the belt & end up on the centre rear of your belt & looked ridiculous!

A former sailor explains:

Used these in the Navy late 70s onwards, green for drill practice white for parade, colours, barrack guard etc better than blancoed webbing belt and frog as didn’t leave a white residue on your best suit. Belt not so good for wrapping round your fist for fighting when on patrol with no twatting stick though.

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