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|Knife bayonet for the 7.62 mm. NATO caliber Senapan Panjang 1 (Long Rifle 1), a variant of the BM59 selective-fire rifle produced at the Bandung Weapons Factory, in West Java, under license from Beretta.
A very crude copy of the U.S. M1 bayonet, with checkered composite grips and a large muzzle ring to accommodate the BM59's "tri-compensator" muzzle device. The scabbard is steel with a tiny round frog stud.
The trademark on the ricasso is the Rutherford Model (Atom Symbol) inside a gear. Collectors refer to this trademark as the "atomic meatball."
Little is known about these bayonets and their unusual trademark. The Indonesian SP.1 bayonet differs significantly from the Italian BM59 bayonet.
Ricasso (Left): Atom Symbol inside a Round Gear.
Ricasso: (Right): "SP.1"
|Belt Frog||Web belt frog that came on the SP.1 bayonet, above.
Although copied after the British Pattern 1937 frog, this is a most unusual frog. Constructed of three different types of webbing. The body is made from dark blue (or faded black) cotton. The scabbard loops are made from dark green cotton. The hilt strap is made from olive green nylon.
The frog measures 6.75 in. (170 mm.) long by 1.25 in. (32 mm.) wide.
This frog was not classified by Carter.
|AK47||Knife bayonet for use with the 7.62 mm. Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle.
The Indonesian AK47 bayonet is distinguished by its crude construction and checkered grip scales. This is the only AK47 bayonet variant to have checkered grip scales. The blade is in the white. The hilt and steel scabbard body are painted black.
The scabbard has an integral black nylon belt hanger with a hilt strap. The web belt hanger measures 4.375 in. (111 mm.) long x 1.00 in. (25 mm.) wide.
These are reportedly produced by the Indonesian Army Special Operations Command, the Kommando Pasukan Khusus (KOPASSUS). KOPASSUS has used a wide variety of equipment, including the AK47. However, it is not clear whether they use these bayonets or just produce them commercially to fund operations. Recognized by their red berets, their mission runs the gamut of military special operations, plus internal counter-insurgency.
During the 1980s and 1990s, KOPASSUS conducted some notable hostage rescue operations. However, KOPASSUS also has a long history of extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses, leading the U.S. government to sever military cooperation in 1999. In a controversial move, President Obama restored U.S. military ties in 2010, in an effort to strengthen the newly-elected democratic government. KOPASSUS remains controversial in Indonesia, their past excesses not having been forgotten.
|S1||Knife bayonet for use with the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber Senapan Serbu 1 (Assault Rifle 1) and Senapan Serbu 2 (Assault Rifle 2).
This bayonet also mounts to the M16 assault rifle, approximately 80,000 of which were procured by Indonesia in the 1960s and 1970s. The USA provided 31,471 M16 rifles between 1971 and 1978 under the Military Assistance Program.
Introduced in 1991, the SS1 is an Indonesian variant of the Belgian FNC assault rifle, produced under license from FN. The SS2 is an advanced assault rifle of indigenous design introduced in 2005.
The Sangkur 1 (Bayonet 1) is a copy of the U.S. M7 Bayonet-Knife produced by the state-run arms manufacturer, PT Pindad (Persero) in Bandung, Java. PT is an abbreviation of Perseroan Terbuka (equivalent to Limited Liability Company or LLC in the USA). Persero signifies a state-owned enterprise.
The S1 is very well-made, with a parkerized (phosphate) finish. The muzzle ring has a chamfer on the rear edge, a nice detail not found on other M7 variants. The plastic grip scales have much finer checkering than other M-Series bayonets. The grip scales are secured with hexagonal socket screws and small threaded steel grip inserts.
The S1 scabbard is patterned after the U.S. M8A1 scabbard. The web belt hanger is black. The steel glove fastener, rivets, and hilt strap ends are painted black. The scabbard body is black plastic, with the Pindad trademark molded into the front. The steel throatpiece is painted black.
Scabbard (body): Pindad Trademark
|Brimob||KCB–77 style bayonet believed to primarily be used as a knife by the BRIMOB (Brigade Mobil). However, this bayonet could be used with Indonesian 5.56 mm. NATO caliber rifles equipped to mount the S1 bayonet.
A crude copy of the Eickhorn KCB-77, this example has a pommel common to the S1 bayonet. Early examples of this bayonet have the rectangular KCB-style pommel. The L-shaped tab on the lower crosspiece serves as a bottle opener.
The scabbard has an integral black nylon belt frog with a U.S. M1910-style wire belt hanger. The scabbard comes with a plastic cover for the scabbard point, protecting the wire-cutter and screwdriver tip.
Recognized by their dark blue berets, BRIMOB is the special operations force of the Indonesian Republic National Police (POLRI). The BRIMOB is a paramilitary police force whose current mission includes domestic counter-terrorism, law enforcement, and riot control.
Originally a military force, the BRIMOB's transition to a police organization has been challenging. Used to operating with impunity while Indonesia was under authoritarian rule, BRIMOB units have been implicated in human rights abuses, especially in East Timor and Papua (New Guinea). The current democratic government has had mixed success at holding BRIMOB to account and reining-in its use of force when dealing with ordinary citizens.
More recently, BRIMOB personnel were tasked with carrying out the April 29, 2015, execution by firing squad of 8 individuals convicted of drug smuggling. The executions sparked international outcry and a diplomatic crisis with the Australian government (2 of the executed were Australian). While diplomats are typically quick to repair strained relations, the executions deeply outraged many Australians, which may make a public reconciliation difficult for the Australian government.
|6.75||171||11.625||295||.910||23.1||Blade: BRIMOB Logo and BRIMOB" over "POLRI"|
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