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AR-10
Knife bayonet for use on the 7.62 mm. NATO caliber Armalite AR–10 assault rifles produced for Sudan in 1958, by the firm Artillerie Inrichtingen (Artillery Institutions) in the Netherlands.

This bayonet is patterned after the innovative German FG 42 knife bayonet produced during the Second World War.  The hollow hilt contains a tool set.  The grip scales and scabbard body are a deep red-brown color.  The scabbard has an integral stamped steel belt hanger. The bayonet was made in Germany, most likely by the firm of Carl Eickhorn (designer & producer of the FG 42 knife bayonet).  The bayonets were sold to Sudan by the U.S. arms import/export firm Interarmco (later, Interarms). 

Sudan received 2,508 AR–10 rifles from Artillerie Inrichtingen.  These were the first production-line AR10 rifles. Smaller quantities of improved AR–10 "Transitional" rifles, also fitted for the knife bayonet, were delivered to Burma (quantity unknown), Cuba (100 rifles), Italy (quantity unknown), and Guatemala (a few hundred rifles). Total production of the Sudan and Transitional types probably did not exceed 4,000. The final AR–10 variant was made for Portugal in 1960. The Portuguese AR–10 used a different bayonet, produced by Artillerie Inrichtingen.

Sudan used the AR–10 rifle from 1958–1985. They saw service in actions against guerrilla forces and in border conflicts, and "lost" or captured examples with African and colonial armies, police, and guerrilla forces.

This example has seen considerable service, although the blade still has its factory edge and the leather washer that prevents rattling in the scabbard. Low production numbers and long service in Africa have made surviving specimens of this bayonet scarce. 
7.875 200
13.00
330
n/a
Ricasso (left): Interarms trademark and "Interarmco" over "Reg. Pat. Germany"

Ricasso (right): "2799"

Pommel (upper): "2" and "8"

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