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|CETME Model C||
Knife bayonet for use on the famous 7.62 mm. NATO caliber CETME Model C assault rifle.
CETME is an acronym for Centro de Estudios Técnicos de Materiales Especiales (Center for Technical Studies of Special Materials). CETME was the Spanish government design and development establishment where German designer, Ludwig Vorgrimler, modified the German StG45(M) assault rifle to create the CETME.
Guatemala adopted the CETME Model C in 1969. Guatemala's CETME rifles and bayonets were produced at the Empresa Nacional de Santa Barbara de Industrias Militares (in English, National Business, Santa Barbara Military Industries) factory in Toledo, Spain.
This example bears both the Fábrica de armas de Toledo (Toledo Arms Factory) and Santa Barbara crests.
These bayonets are often referred to by collectors as the "Model 1969." However, I haven't seen anything documenting that Guatemala designated it as such.
The Guatemala CETME Model C bayonet differs from the more common Spanish M1964 bayonet:
Absence of Spanish serial number; and,
Black scabbard body (M1964 is green).
Ricasso (Left): (crown) over "FN" over "Toledo"
Ricasso (Right): Santa Barbara Crest
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