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SAFN 1949
Knife bayonet for use on the Saive Automatique, Fabrique Nationale (SAFN) Modèle 1949 self-loading rifle produced for Luxembourg by FN in 1951.

It has the classic Belgian hollow-ground double-edged blade, patterned after the M1916 bayonet. The finish can be parkerized or painted, as is this example.

The serial number and markings identify this example as one that was made for Luxembourg. "S.A. 30" stands for Saive Automatique caliber .30 (the Luxembourg SAFN 1949 rifles were chambered for the .30–06 cartridge).

The "AL" serial number prefix is an abbreviation for "Armee Luxembourg." Only 6,306 rifles were produced for Luxembourg, making these bayonets an uncommon SAFN variant.

These bayonets were also used by Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, and Egypt. Venezuela used a variant of the M1924 Mauser sword bayonet on their SAFN 1949 rifles.

9.00 229
14.125
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18.2
Pommel (left): "S.A. .30"

Pommel (right): "AL04963"

Scabbard Throat: "04963"

Frog Stud: (Crown F) proof mark

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