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Just got all the cosmoline cleaned up and put the rifle back together. Cleaned up the bayonet and tried to put it on but it won't slide down far enough on the barrel and it's half stuck at that point and hard to get back off. I don't want to beat the dang thing on. Anyone know how to fix this problem?
 

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Emory board. Or if it is really bad, dremel. On the Bayonet that is.
 

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rocshaman said:
Just got all the cosmoline cleaned up and put the rifle back together. Cleaned up the bayonet and tried to put it on but it won't slide down far enough on the barrel and it's half stuck at that point and hard to get back off. I don't want to beat the dang thing on. Anyone know how to fix this problem?
They are not designed to easily go on and off. A reasonable solution is to spread the wings open a bit. It may loosen up the fit but hopefully you wont be engaging in any hand-to-hand with it any time soon. :)
 

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Nah you're right there but I do want everything to work. After all I paid 119 bucks for it. ;)
 

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I took a hammer that had a round spike on the back of it, and use another hammer to beat that spike into the hole (slightly. Don't over do it). That spread the wings out a bit. I used sandpaper (100-150 to get it to fit, 320 to smooth it out) and a dowel after that to sand the inside of the hole. My bayonet fits snugly, but is easy enough to get off now.

This is the type of hammer I used. Only, the tip of the spike on mine was round.

 

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My friends bayonet had this problem. First we put the bayonet in a vise and spread the slot open with a crowbar a little. That helped, but I think to get it to fit the rest of the way a dremel would be needed. We figured that if times come to where we need it we will just pound it on with a hammer.
 

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Here is the proper tool for installing and removing the Mosin bayonet...recognize it...:p

You may need to use a bit of oil at first but it will loosen up.



 

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Here is the proper tool for installing and removing the Mosin bayonet...recognize it...:p

You may need to use a bit of oil at first but it will loosen up.



I've got that tool and that's definitely not it. The bayonet is just to tight on the barrel and is going to have to be tweaked a bit, one way or the other. I'm thinking spreading the flanges might do the trick but if that doesn't do it, then reaming it out a bit might. Thanks for the all the input.
 

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Just as long as the bayonet fits in its sheath, that's the more important thing in the case of a complete Mosin stand of arms. Does yours?
 

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I sandpapered the heck out of the bayonet now it stays on snug but can come of with needing anything other that a bit of elbow grease.
 

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Just as long as the bayonet fits in its sheath, that's the more important thing in the case of a complete Mosin stand of arms. Does yours?
I detect a note of sarcasm here...:rolleyes: Please post a pic of this sheath of which you speak.
 

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I can't get to it at the moment... It's under the radiator of my Corvair.
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Had the same problem with one of my 91/30's, but not the other...:confused:

One bayo went on and off snugly but easily, the other...notsomuch...

IIRC the bayo has a coat of cheap paint, I found that removing the paint from inside of the collar with a dremel worked okay...

Pretty sure the bayo's weren't designed to be taken on and off like we like to do so I'm sure that has something to do with it...
 

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Emory board. Or if it is really bad, dremel. On the Bayonet that is.
What he said ^
Wrap Emory cloth around a dowel, twist and slide in and out of the bayonet until it fits. I promise it won't take much to get it to work.
 

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It is not an unusual problem, and the above solutions work.

When these rifles were crated in the Soviet Union, they were packed with matching number bayonets. So far, on the rifles I have with matching serials, the bayonets fit fine. The American retailers did not see any value in matching the rifles with the bayonets when they were sold. The exception is a very few sellers who did take the effort and chaged about a $20.00 premium for the service. I figured that the premium would pay off in the future when few Mosin-Nagants with matching bayonets were unusual. (unless matched by bubba)
 

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What he said ^
Wrap Emory cloth around a dowel, twist and slide in and out of the bayonet until it fits. I promise it won't take much to get it to work.
I think I'll try that, I'm afraid a dremel might take off to much. I want it to fit snug but right now I'd have to use a hammer and a punch with the rifle in a vise to get it on there. I take it quite a few of these bayonets have this problem?
 

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I think I'll try that, I'm afraid a dremel might take off to much. I want it to fit snug but right now I'd have to use a hammer and a punch with the rifle in a vise to get it on there. I take it quite a few of these bayonets have this problem?
Yeah, it's pretty common.
 

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IIRC the MN was never issue with a scabbard but was carried mounted on the rifle and the rifle was sighted in with the bayonet attached. It is very common for the refurbs to come with bayonets that are to tight to be mounted on the rifle. I have seen at least a half a dozen in my shooting circle with the same problem. I have one that came with a 1923 refurb serial numbered to the rifle and is to tight to mount on the rifle. I just turn it down ward and let it hang on the riffle barrel in the rifle rack.
 

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I just open it up a little with a tapered punch. No metal removed, I you go too much just close it back up in the vise. Very easy.
 
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