Bayonets for the Peabody-Martini Rifle

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2019-03
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Arms and Armour
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1741-6124
1749-6268
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Taylor & Francis
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16
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11
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75 - 104
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English
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From its introduction in 1874 until the turn of the nineteenth century the principal infantry firearm of the Ottoman army was the American-made .45 (11.43 × 55R) calibre Peabody-Martini Rifle. Remaining in use with secondary units until 1916/1917, three bayonet types were provided for the rifle during its official service life: a quadrilateral cross-sectioned socket form, followed by a yataghan-style sword bayonet, and finally a shortened and straightened version of this same yataghan bayonet. As such these three bayonets provide a classic illustration of bayonet typology for the period. However, their history and characteristics have never been assessed in detail, an omission this article seeks to remedy.

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Peabody-Martini Rifle, Peabody-Martini socket bayonets, Peabody-Martini yataghan bayonets, Providence Tool Company, Martini-Henry Rifle, Turkish Model Mauser Rifles, Plevna
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