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FAL Type C
Socket bayonet introduced in the 1960s for the FN-FAL assault rifles that incorporated the 22 mm. NATO-spec flash hider.

This example has the M1963 spring catch. The finish is black paint.

The electropencil "RA" serial number prefix was used by the Rhodesian Army, indicating that this example was likely used during the Rhodesian Bush War of 1964–1979. This example has a plastic scabbard with teardrop-shaped frog stud, identical to the scabbard on the South African R1 bayonet, indicating that it probably originated in South Africa.

As part of the British Commonwealth, the Rhodesian Army was equipped with the British L1A1 FAL variant. When Rhodesia declared its independence from Britain in 1965, a UN arms embargo stopped further arms shipments from Britain. South Africa began covertly supplying the Rhodesian Army with the R1 FAL, which used the Type C bayonet.

This bayonet and scabbard came in a British web belt frog made in 1956.

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Socket:  "RA 0594" (in electropencil)
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