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JonM 03-27-2011 07:24 PM

Help with a Bayonet
 
couple years back my best friend got deployed to iraq. while there his convoy got attacked by taliban scum. they wiped out the tally-wackers with no injuries. he took a few souveniers and sent me this bayonet off one of em. he said it was a ak47 bayonet but it doesnt look like any ak bayonet ive ever seen. i dont have a ak to try and fit it too.

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/6793/img0584go.jpg

http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/9109/img0585s.jpg

the only markings are a serial number on the bottom of the hilt below it can barely be seen under the dirt and rust

http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/8709/img0588m.jpg

wondering if somone can confirm it is a ak47 bayonet or not and about when. if it is then it is a early one.

kenhesr 03-28-2011 04:16 AM

Looks to be E. German or maybe some other warsaw pact commie knockoff. I would think its an older one because it don't have the wire cutters built in. Don't know much about them really, not a collector.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m.../th_akbayo.jpg

Glad to hear your buddy done seen the elephant and got to keep all his peanuts! :D

I have one just like it my boy picked up in Kosovo or Iraq, too lazy to dig it out. Ken

wmille01 03-28-2011 06:08 AM

I like that a lot better then the shorter ones not enough reach

JonM 03-28-2011 12:06 PM

thanks. he got 2 bronze stars over there in 3 tours. its a very very sturdy bayonet the point is almost surgical sharp with absolutely no looseness in the handle. i keep it near my xbox on my downstairs desk in case i need it.

im not a bayonet expert by any stretch it just didnt appear to be one since the only ones ive ever seen have the wire cutters. ive got an older one with the red bakelite sheath. dont remember where i got it or why since im not a AK fan never liked em. prolly got it in a gunshow trade at some point.

HKSlinger 03-28-2011 03:16 PM

Its Polish.

JonM 03-28-2011 09:18 PM

ahh cool so it is a ak bayonet then. thats what my bud said the taliban scum had.

HKSlinger 03-28-2011 10:42 PM

Yeper. First used by the Pols in 1957

marysdad 03-31-2011 01:28 AM

The pictured bayonet is Bulgarian for the early AK rifles. Good points of identification are: orientation of the serial number on pommel and double rivets securing the hilt strap.

Polish bayonets had the serial number on the lower tang (between the grip scales) and had a unique scabbard design with a detachable belt hanger.

JonM 03-31-2011 02:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marysdad (Post 476165)
The pictured bayonet is Bulgarian for the early AK rifles. Good points of identification are: orientation of the serial number on pommel and double rivets securing the hilt strap.

Polish bayonets had the serial number on the lower tang (between the grip scales) and had a unique scabbard design with a detachable belt hanger.

thanks got those pages bookmarked. i buy an occasional bayonet at gunshows when they attract my attention. i seldom know what they are.

HKSlinger 03-31-2011 04:31 AM

I didn't mean to misinform you. I was mistaken.


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