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Image of Yugoslavian M1899C bayonetImage of Yugoslavian M1899C bayonetImage of Yugoslavian M1899C bayonetImage of Yugoslavian M1899C bayonetImage of Yugoslavian M1899C bayonetImage of Yugoslavian M1899C bayonet M1899C Knife bayonet for use on the 8 mm. Puska M99C and M10C rifles. These were post-War conversions of the 7 mm. Serbian M1899 and M1910 Mauser rifles.

This bayonet is a Serbian M1899 bayonet that has been reworked at the Artiljerijsko Tehnički Zavod (Artillery Technical Institute) in Kragujevac. The Kragujevac plant was known by this name between 1923–1931, so this would have been done during that period.

Evidence of rework are the crosspiece secured with flush rivets, the grip scales secured by spanner nuts, and the "AT3" ricasso mark.

The scabbard is similar to that used with the Austrian M1888 bayonet. The ball finial is missing and the end welded closed.

9.75 248 14.50 368 .615 15.6 Ricasso (right): "AT3" inside a triangle

Crosspiece (right): "939"

Crosspiece (left): "C"

Scabbard (frog stud): "683"

M1924
Sword bayonet for use with the 8 mm. Yugoslavian M1924 Mauser Short Rifle, closely patterned after the FN M1924 short rifle.

This example came to me direct from Serbia. It was made at the Vojno Tehnicki Zavod (Military Technical Institute) in Kragujevac.

It has been through overhaul, as evidenced by the deep blued finish. When originally made, the metal would have been in the white.

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Ricasso: "BT3" inside a triangle.

Crosspiece:  "8435"

Scabbard (frog stud): "8435"

Scabbard (body): "BT3" inside a triangle.
M1924b Sword bayonet for use with the 8 mm. Puska 98 rifle.  The Puska 98 was a German Gewehr 98, modified to approximate the FN M1924 Short Rifle.

This bayonet was originally made as a German M1898/05 bayonet by C.G. Haenel in 1916.  The original German markings are still present, confirming it's lineage.

From 1939–1941, the Uzice Factory, in Yugoslavia, converted captured World War I German Gewehr 98 rifles and M1898/05 bayonets to conform to the M1924 specification. Approximately 20,000 rifles and bayonets are believed to have been converted before the Nazis overran Yugoslavia in 1941.

The bayonet's blade was reground to the M1924 blade profile, so that the M1924 scabbard would accept it. This was key to making the bayonet useful, as the Yugoslavian belt frog would not accept the wide 98/05 scabbard. Some examples retain the original German grip scales, while others (like this one) have crude replacements with the diagonal serrations running in the opposite direction.

14.25 362 19.50 495 n/a Ricasso (Left): "C.G. Haenel" over "Suhl"

Crosspiece (Left): "M24b"

Crosspiece (Right): "42773"

Spine: Cypher for Kaiser Wilhelm II over, "16"

Scabbard (body): "BT3" inside a triangle.
M1948 Knife bayonet for use with the 8 mm. Yugoslavian M1948 Mauser rifle, closely patterned after the German 8 mm. Mauser Kar 98k.

The M1948 bayonet was a short version of the pre-War M1924 bayonet, adopted when Yugoslavia rebuilt the Vojno Tehnicki Zavod (Military Technical Institute), which was totally destroyed during the Second World War.

The Cyrillic marking (ПРЕДУЗЕЋЕ), was used until 1953, when they switched to the Latin marking (PREDUZECE). In English, it means "factory" or "enterprise." Factory 44 was the Zavodi Crvena Zastava (Red Flag Works) in Kragujevac, Serbia.  The factory is still operating today and is known as Zastava Arms.

9.75 248 15.00 381 .620 15.7 Ricasso: "ПРЕДУЗЕЋЕ" in a semicircle, over "44"

Crosspiece: "16258"

Scabbard:  "n44" in triangle. "16258" on frog stud.

M1948 This example differs from the M1948 bayonet above, in that it does not have the typical serial numbering on the crosspiece and frog stud.  Instead, it has a very large serial number, in 0.375 in. (10 mm.) high numerals, on the pommel.

This example also came to me from Serbia. 

9.75 248 15.00 381 .615 15.6 Ricasso: "ПРЕДУЗЕЋЕ" in a semi-circle, over "44"

Pommel: "23359"

Scabbard:  "n44" in triangle
M1956 Knife bayonet for use with the 9 mm. M1956 submachine gun, closely patterned after the Second World War German MP–40.

The blade is double-edged, reminiscent of the Serbian M1899 bayonet. The grips are made of molded plastic.

Although the dimensions seem pretty normative, it is so small and light that it seems like a toy. Look how small the scabbard is, compared to my hand (and I have very small hands).

6.75 171 11.25 286 n/a Ricasso (left): "76541" and "K" in circle inspection mark.

Ricasso (right): "36-189-6"

Crosspiece: "BK" and "K" in circle inspection mark.

Grip (left): "36-190-2" and "K" in circle inspection mark.

Grip (right): "36-190-3" and "K" in circle inspection mark.

Pommel: "K" in circle inspection mark.
AKM Type II Knife bayonet for use with the Kalashnikov 7.62 mm. AKM assault rifle.

Black plastic grip. Green-gray web wrist strap. Shiny, smooth black plastic scabbard with a tan leather belt hanger. The Yugoslavian belt hanger is unique in having a brass thorn. The belt hanger measures 3.625 in. (92 mm.) in length.

Yugoslavian bayonets have stamped serial numbers on the grip & scabbard body, where the East German AKM Type II bayonet has electropenciled serial numbers.

Go to the AK Bayonets page.

 

5.75 146 10.625 270 .695 17.7 Grip (right): "291278"

Ricasso (left): "K7" electropenciled

Scabbard (body): "291278"

Scabbard (metal end): "K7" electropenciled

 

Thumbnail image of Yugoslavian AKM Type II bayonetThumbnail image of Yugoslavian AKM Type II bayonetThumbnail image of Yugoslavian AKM Type II bayonetThumbnail image of Yugoslavian AKM Type II bayonetThumbnail image of Yugoslavian AKM Type II bayonetThumbnail image of Yugoslavian AKM Type II bayonet AKM Type II This example bears the unusual R-prefix serial number. The black grip and scabbard have a more matte finish than the example pictured above.

The R-prefix serial number syntax is said to indicate reworked or repaired, however, this has not been documented.

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5.75 148 10.50 268 .695 17.7 Grip (right): "R–47650"

Ricasso (left): "K" electropenciled

Scabbard (body): "R–47650"

Scabbard (metal end): "K" electropenciled

Belt Frog Brown leather belt frog for use with the M1948 bayonet.

Measures 8.625 in. (219 mm.) long by 1.875 in.(48 mm.) wide at the widest point.

Carter classified this frog as #423.

Go to the Bayonet Belt Frogs Page.

n/a n/a n/a "BK" inside a circle, within a stitched inverted triangle.
Belt Frog Brown leather belt frog for use with the M1956 submachine gun bayonet.

Measures 7.50 in. (190 mm.) long by 1.75 in. (44 mm.) wide at the widest point. 

This frog was not classified by Carter.

According to my Serbian collector friend Nebojsa Milanovic, the Cyrillic “BK” inside the stitched triangle stands for Vojna Kontrola (Military Control).  The official nomenclature number indicates that this frog was made in Kragujevac.  He says that unmarked frogs also exist and they were made in a different factory.

Go to the Bayonet Belt Frogs Page.

n/a n/a n/a "BK" inside a circle, within a stitched inverted triangle.

"S-38-191-9"

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