Boarding pike
 Boarding pike

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Boarding pike

Find out about the weapon used for defending ships from being boarded.

During the Great War there were still boarding pikes stored on all capital ships that could shoot shells as far as the horizon.

The boarding pike drill on the USS Constitution

Boarding Pike

A long spear used for defending a ship

enfield 1859 cutlass Bayonet

A cutlass that could be attached to the Pattern 1853 Enfield

martini–henry

The first purpose built breechloading rifle used by the British

short magazine lee enfield

The Lee-Enfield was shortened for use as a cavalry carbine the ended up being used by everybody

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On Guard

From the position of Order Arms, can't the rifle, bayonet to the front, about as high as the breast, barrel inclined to the left, and seize it with the left hand at the convenient place along the barrel not below the lower band, right hand at the small. The legs in a natural position such as man walking might adopt on coming into collision with an advancing enemy.

Rifle And Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet - 1913, page 234

Rest

Without making a drill movement of it, the pupil should assume a position of rest from this or any other position in the easiest way.

Rifle And Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet - 1913, page 236

The Point

Deliver the point as rapidly as possible anywhere on the truck to the full extend of both arms, and withdraw the point at once.

Rifle And Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet - 1913, page 236

Right Parry

From the on guard position carry the rifle sufficient to the right front, straightening the left arm in doing so, so as to beat off the adversary's rifle towards the right front. In forming the parry the wrist should not be bent nor the rifle twisted in the hand.

Rifle And Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet - 1913, page 236

Left Parry (High or Low)

From the position of right parry, slightly bend the left arm and carry the rifle sufficiently to the left front (high or low as case may be), straightening the left arm in doing so, so as to beat off the adversary's rifle towards the left front, and in case of the low parry to the left front and downwards.

The left parry should be made with the barrel of the rifle to the left without bending the wrist or twisting the rifle round in the hands. When forming the left parry low, care should be taken not to raise the right hand.

Rifle And Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet - 1913, page 236

Shorten Arms

Draw the rifle sharply back horizontally to th full extent of the right arm, butt of the rifle either above or below the elbow.

Rifle And Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet - 1913, page 237

the Butt

Use may be made of the rifle butt by bringing it up with a sharp jabbing motion; done by raising it forward and upward with the right hand, at the same time assisting this movement by drawing the barrel of the rifle backwards over the left shoulder wit hth left hand.

The butt should only be used when the attack with the bayonet has failed wand it is impossible to use the point.

Rifle And Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet - 1913, page 238

Tripping

Any easy form of tripping an opponent should be taught on mats.

Rifle And Field Exercises for His Majesty's Fleet - 1913, page 238