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Just to clarify what I said, Larry. Re the P1902 saddle, the hanging strap for the SMLE bucket is passed round the foot of the hind arch of the saddle.
With the P1980 saddle the carbine bucket strap also passes round the foot of the rear arch.....and I assume it also passes round the rear support strut.
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John M wrote:SMLE bucket attached to P1902 saddle. Note the arm of the bucket is attached to the circingle, not the girth.
Really neat photos John. Thanks for posting them.

Did trooper find this sort of mounting to be an obstruction to mounting or dismounting? It would seem that the elevation of the rifle's butt might do that.
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Pat, the trooper mounted with the rifle in his hand. There are detailed instructions in the manuals of how this manoevre was to be carried ot.
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John M wrote:Pat, the trooper mounted with the rifle in his hand. There are detailed instructions in the manuals of how this manoevre was to be carried ot.
Was the assumption for the bucket that the trooper would never leave the rifle in the bucket under any circumstance? That is, he'd withdraw the rifle every time he dismounted?
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"..When dismounted the rifle must never be left on the saddle, the lance being placed in the bucket instead". From the section in the Cavalry (1924) manual...re marching discipline.
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Thank you for the photos, and I wonder how, wouldif it is ever possible to attach one to a western saddle. The reason I asked theis question, is I have a Lee enfield No4 Mk 1 and it might be something different to pack on horseback.
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