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Knife bayonet for use with the 8 mm. Czechoslovakian Gewehr 98 and VZ–98/22 Mauser rifles. Also mounts to the later VZ–24 short rifle.
This example was made in 1923 by Československá zbrojovka a.s., Brno.
The VZ–23 copied the Austrian M1895 inverted blade profile, but used a Mauser style hilt.
Ricasso (left): "CSZ"
Ricasso (right): "E" (lion) "23" and "CSZ"
Crosspiece: "Z" in circle
Scabbard: "E" (lion) "23" and "CSZ" on frog stud.
|VZ–23 Long||Sword bayonet made during the 1920s and 1930s by Československá zbrojovka a.s., Brno, primarily for export to nations that wanted a longer bayonet with their Czech-made Mauser rifles.
These bayonets can be found with both inverted and conventional blade profiles.
Click on the photo to see an Czech VZ-23 Long bayonet used by Iran (Persia).
|VZ–24||Knife bayonet for use on the 8 mm. Mauser VZ–24 Short Rifle. These were used by the Czech Army and also exported extensively during the 1920s and 1930s.
VZ–24 bayonets were made by Československá zbrojovka a.s., Brno.
The VZ–24 bayonet represented a compromise between the VZ–23 blade, which was felt too short for use with the short-barreled VZ–24 rifle, and the unwieldy VZ–23 Long bayonet.
These bayonets can be found with both inverted and conventional blade profiles. Modified VZ–24 bayonets were used extensively by Germany during the Second World War.
|11.75||298||17.00||432||.610||15.6||Ricasso (left): "CSZ" over "C"
Pommel: "F" over "21079"
Scabbard (frog stud): "RBG221"
|VZ–24||Knife bayonet for use on 8 mm. Mauser Kar 98k rifles produced Post-WW II at the BRNO factories.
The Czechs produced the Kar 98k rifle and VZ–24 bayonet from 1946–1950 for both domestic use and for export contracts.
This example was produced in 1946, after the German occupation ended and before the communist take-over of Czechoslovakia in February 1948. Although this example is not, some Post-War VZ–24 bayonets are marked "tgf", as the Czechs adopted a Letter Code system similar to that used by German from 1940-45. "tgf" was the Czech code for Zbrojovka Brno.
The blade and crosspiece have a phosphate finish. The hilt and pommel are in the white. The scabbard is blued.
The CZ commercial trademark is the letter "Z" inside a rifled bore. It was registered in 1928 and remains in use today.
|11.75||298||17.00||432||.610||15.6||Ricasso: "CSZ" over "I"
Tang: "E3 (Lion) 46"
Scabbard (frog stud): CZ Trademark "E3 (Lion) 46"
|VZ–52||Folding knife bayonet permanently attached to the 7.62 mm. VZ–52 self-loading rifle (7,62 mm Samonabíjecí puška vzor 52).
The bayonet folds to the right side and stows in a depression in the rifle's forestock.
This example was made in 1956 by Česká Zbrojovka a. s. of Uherský Brod, Czechoslovakia.
|VZ–58||Knife bayonet for use on the 7.62 mm. Czech VZ-58 assault rifle (7,62 mm samopal vzor 58).
The VZ–58 is a refinement of the Kalashnikov AK47. The VZ–58 remains in use by the Czech Army, including combat forces deployed to Afghanistan.
There is a surprising amount of variation in the construction of these bayonets.
|CZ–75 Tactical Block Bayonet||Accessory block with bayonet for the tactical variants of the 9 mm. CZ–75 pistol that have a Picatinny accessory rail.
Made by Česká Zbrojovka a. s. of Uherský Brod in the Czech Republic.
The tactical block (Průbojný Adaptér) serves to protect the muzzle and slide, enabling the user to break glass or other light materials while keeping the pistol pointed in the direction of a potential adversary. The block also prevents muzzle contact from moving the slide out of battery, which would prevent the pistol from firing. A steel bayonet blade may be attached, if desired.
The tactical block is very well made. The hilt is of aluminum alloy. The crosspiece and blade are steel.
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