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|VZ-24||Knife bayonet for use on the 8 mm. Mauser Kar 98k rifles that Israel obtained from captured German stocks and purchased from Czechoslovakia during the 1948 War of Independence.
This bayonet is probably post-War Czech production, made 1948–49 by Československá zbrojovka a.s., Brno. The bayonet has a dark gray finish.
The scabbard's frog stud has been ground into a teardrop shape to better fit Israel's ex-German and British belt frogs. The bayonet and scabbard are marked with the Star of David and the Hebrew letter Tsadi, which was used as a government property mark.
|11.75||298||17.00||432||.610||15.5||Crosspiece (left): Hebrew letter Tsadi
Pommel (left): Star of David and Hebrew letter Tsadi inside a circle and "5491"
Scabbard (frog stud): Star of David and Hebrew letter Tsadi inside a circle
|Mk. 1A (German)||Knife bayonet for use on the 8 mm. Mauser Kar 98k rifle.
In 1948, the Israeli Army was equipped with captured Second World War German equipment, including Kar 98k rifles and M1884/98 III bayonets.
The Israelis replaced the crosspiece on the German bayonet with one that had a full muzzle ring and designated it, Bayonet Mk. 1A. The bayonet and scabbard are also marked with the Star of David and the Hebrew letter Tsadi, which was used as a government property mark.
This bayonet was originally made in 1942 by Carl Eickhorn Waffenfabrik AG of Solingen. It has serrated, brown Bakelite plastic grips. The scabbard was originally made in 1940, also by Carl Eickhorn.
Ricasso (Left): "42 cof"
Ricasso (Right): "5442" over "X"
Pommel (Left): "WaA519" (twice)
Pommel (Right): Star of David and Hebrew letter Tsadi inside a circle
Scabbard (Body): "S/172" over "1940" and "652" over "J"
Scabbard (Frog Stud): Star of David and Hebrew letter Tsadi inside a circle
|Mk. 1A||Knife bayonet made entirely in Israel for use on the 8 mm. Mauser Kar 98k rifle.
Israel commenced manufacture of bayonets in 1949 to supplement the German M1884/98 bayonets which they were given to equip their fledgling Army. Although a sturdy and serviceable bayonet, the fit and finish is crude compared to the German bayonet from which it was copied.
The ricasso and scabbard are marked in Hebrew, which reads:
“Bayonet Mk. 1A
101.1949” and Hebrew letter Tsadi
Crosspiece: Star of David
Scabbard (body front):
Scabbard (body reverse): unknown marking
|Uzi||Knife bayonet for use with the 9 mm. Uzi submachine gun.
I classify this unmarked example as Israeli, however, it may have been produced under license by Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal (FN Herstal) in Belgium.
This example has black plastic grip scales. The scabbard has a plastic body and round metal frog stud, as was used with the FAL Type B bayonet.
Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) began producing the Uzi in 1955, but lacked sufficient manufacturing and marketing capacity to meet the demand for export contracts. IMI licensed marketing and export production of the Uzi to Belgian firearms giant, FN Herstal from 1956 into the 1970s. Terms of the arrangement were that all contracts required Israel’s advance approval and Israel received half of the profits.
ARMSCOR in South Africa produced the Uzi under license, where it was designated S1. The Ian Smith government in Rhodesia also produced the Uzi under license from 1976 until white minority rule ended in 1980. Unlicensed Uzi copies have been produced in China and Croatia.
The Netherlands was the first foreign country to adopt the Uzi, which was acquired by the Dutch Army in 1956. The Uzi was eventually adopted by police and military of more than 90 countries, including the U.S. Secret Service. The Uzi remains in production today, with more than 10 million believed to have been produced.
|M7||Bayonet-Knife for use on 5.56 mm. NATO caliber M16 and Galil assault rifles.
This bayonet was produced during the 1980s by A. Eickhorn-Solingen (AES), in West Germany, for Israel Military Industries (IMI).
It has the one-piece grip, pommel secured with a phillips-head screw, and plumb-colored blade characteristic of AES production. The scabbards is marked as being made in West Germany, similar to bayonets that AES produced for Haiti and other export contracts.
At first, the bayonet appears unmarked. However, the pommel is a casting and "IMI" is molded in to the casting at the end of the mortise.
Scabbard: "U. S. M8A1" over "Made in W.-Germany"
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