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VZ-24 Knife bayonet for use on the 8mm. Czechoslovakian VZ–24 Mauser rifle.  These bayonets were made in large numbers for export during the 1930s, including a sizeable contract for Romania.

This bayonet bears both the Romanian "CM" marking and the Romanian-format serial number used with their VZ–24 rifles. 

It was originally made in Czechoslovakia, with the metal in the white.  It was subsequently reworked in Romania, where it was blued and the grips replaced. The CM acceptance mark indicates that the rework was done at the Copsa Mica arsenal in Cugir.

11.75 298 17.00 432 .610 15.5 Ricasso: "CSZ" over "T"

Tang: Superimposed "CM"

Pommel: "GR" over "17065" (in electro pencil)

Scabbard (frog stud): two indistinct proofmarks
AKM Type I
Knife bayonet for use with the 7.62 mm. Pistol Mitralieră model 1963 (PA md. 63) assault rifle, variant of the Kalashnikov AKM.

A copy of the Russian 6X3 bayonet with a reddish-brown plastic grip. Black steel Type I scabbard with a tan or gray rubber insulator. Brown leather retention strap.

The Romanian scabbard has a wire loop for attaching the customary clip-on belt hanger, however, Romania typically used a leather or nylon frog that wraps around the insulator.

The AKM rifle with which this bayonet was issued was made in 1986.

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Crosspiece:  "S BP 4403"

Scabbard:  "S BP 4403"

AKM Type I

This example has the Russian-style leather belt hanger, uncommon on Romanian bayonets.

The belt hanger measures 3.25 in. (83 mm.) long by 0.625 in. (16 mm.) wide.

The AKM rifle with which this bayonet was issued was likely made in 1963–64 or 1970–71.

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5.875 150 11.00 280 .695 17.7 Crosspiece:  "CC 0760"

Scabbard:  "CC 0760"

AKM Type I

This example has the uncommon yellow grip.

The AKM rifle with which this bayonet was issued was likely made in 1965 or 1966.

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5.875 150 11.00 280 .695 17.7 Crosspiece: "PK 5051"

Scabbard: "PK 5051"

Thumbnail image of the Romanian AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS-74) bayonetThumbnail image of the Romanian AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS-74) bayonetThumbnail image of the Romanian AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS-74) bayonetThumbnail image of the Romanian AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS-74) bayonetThumbnail image of the Romanian AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS-74) bayonetThumbnail image of the Romanian AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS-74) bayonetThumbnail image of the Romanian AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS-74) bayonetThumbnail image of the Romanian AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS-74) bayonet AKM Type II Transitional (AIMS–74) Knife bayonet for use with the 5.45 mm. Pușcă Automată model 1986 (PA md. 86) assault rifle, a variant of the Kalashnikov AK74. The PA md. 86 is better known to collectors by its export designation, AIMS–74.

A copy of the Russian 6X4 bayonet, the Romanian 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 scabbard has a gray rubber insulator. The bayonet has a brown leather retention strap.

The Romanian triangle & arrow factory mark is very similar to the Izhevsk Arsenal mark used on Russian bayonets. The best point of identification is the fletching on the arrow. Fletching on the Romanian arrow is an outline, where the fletching is solid on the Russian arrow.

Unlike the AKM Type I bayonets produced by Romania, the AKM Type II carries only the last four digits of the rifle’s serial number, making it impossible to determine when this example was produced or issued.

It is unclear how many AKM Type II Transitional bayonets were made. However, they are comparatively scarce compared to the AKM Type I. Romania also produced a true AKM Type II bayonet, with the plastic scabbard. These are rare and seldom encountered.

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5.75 146 10.625 270 .695 17.7 Crosspiece (left): "3209"

Grip (left): "4/1" and Arrow inside triangle

Scabbard Body: "3209"

Belt Frog Leather belt frog for use with the AKM Type I knife bayonet. Heavy tan leather with hilt strap. The frog wraps around the scabbard’s rubber insulator and fastens with metal thorns.

Measures 7.75 in. (200 mm.) long by 1.875 in. (48 mm.) wide. 

This frog was not classified by Carter.

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Belt Frog Hybrid canvas/leather version of the Romanian belt frog. Dark Green canvas back, with tan leather front piece and hilt strap.

Measures 7.75 in. (200 mm.) long by 2.125 in. (54 mm.) wide.

This frog was not classified by Carter.

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