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Knife bayonet for the Polish variant of the 7.62 mm. Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle.
A copy of the Russian 6X2 bayonet,, the Polish bayonet has dark brown grip scales. The Polish scabbard is unique in not having the flattened tip and in its use of a detachable all-leather belt hanger.
This example was made in 1958 by Fabryka Broni, Radom.
The leather belt hanger measures 4.25 in. (108 mm.) long by 0.875 in. (22 mm.) wide.
Crosspiece (left): "11" inside an oval.
Crosspiece (right): "1958"
Lower Tang: "A05617"
|6H3 (AKM Type I)||Knife bayonet for use with the Polish variant of the 7.62 mm. Kalashnikov AKM assault rifle. The 6H3 bayonet is less often encountered than the more common Polish 6H4 (AKM Type II) bayonet.
A copy of the Russian 6X3 bayonet, the 6H3 differs by the absence of saw teeth on the blade spine. The polymer grip can be either brown, orange, or black (this example is brown).
The tooled tan leather retention strap has a sewn loop vs. other AKM bayonets which secure the retention strap loop with a steel rivet or buckle. The stitching is in an hourglass pattern.
The tooled tan leather belt loop measures 3.625 in. (92 mm.) long by 0.500 in. (12.7 mm.) wide.
|5.75||146||10.75||273||.695||17.7||Scabbard (body): "06267"
Scabbard (wire-cutter): "S" and "X" inspection marks
|6H4 (AKM Type II Transitional)||Knife bayonet for use with the Polish variant of the 7.62 mm. Kalashnikov AKM assault rifle.
A copy of the Russian 6X4 bayonet, it differs by the absence of saw teeth on the blade spine. The Polish AKM Type II bayonet represents a transition between the AKM Type I and Type II bayonets, mating the Type I scabbard with the Type II bayonet.
The tooled tan leather belt loop measures 3.375 in. (86 mm.) long by 0.625 in. (15.8 mm.) wide.
|5.75||146||10.75||273||.695||17.7||Crosspiece (left): "1592"
Crosspiece (right): diamond (inspector's mark)
Pommel: diamond (inspector's mark)
Scabbard (body): "1592"
Scabbard (wire-cutter) "S"
Scabbard (wire-cutter anvil): diamond (inspector's mark)
|Wz85 Fencing Bayonet||Fencing bayonet utilizing the 6H4 (AKM Type II) hilt, mated to a spring-loaded rubber-pointed blade.
The blade retracts when thrust against a fencing target and rebounds when withdrawn. The blade may also be retracted and secured by a sliding crossbolt for storage.
Designated Wzór 85 (Model 1985), they were made by Fabryka Broni, Radom ca. 1985–88. This example was made in 1987.
|5.50||140||12.25||311||.695||17.7||Pommel (left): "11" inside an oval.
Pommel (end): "Nr. 03969" over "1987"
|MOLLE Frog||Brownish/Green nylon web bayonet frog to allow the 6H4 (AKM Type II) bayonet to be carried on modern MOLLE load bearing equipment.
The MOLLE load-bearing system is the western standard, variations of which are used by the USA, Canada (Tactical Vest), Britain, and many other NATO countries. MOLLE = MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment.
Poland has modernized its military equipment significantly since joining NATO in 1999. The 6H4 bayonet is still the standard, used today with the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber karabinek szturmowy wz. 1996 Beryl (assault carbine pattern 1996 Beryllium). Some 300,000 7.62 mm. Kalashnikov AKM assault rifles are still used by reserve forces, for training, and in war emergency stores. This probably influenced Poland’s continued use of the 6H4 bayonet.
The frog measures 5.25 in. (133 mm.) long by 1.125 in. (29 mm.) wide.
This frog was not classified by Carter.
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