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Bayonet Identification Guide

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The bayonet identification guide features pictures and dimensions of bayonets from around the world; along with history and other information to aid in identification. This reference is by no means exhaustive, but does cover many of the bayonets encountered on the collector’s market today, as well as some rare and unusual specimens. The guide is a work in progress. It currently includes over 460 bayonets; plus more than 100 frogs and related items from 67 countries. I will continue adding additional examples as I acquire new pieces and find time to photograph them and do the required programming.

Table of Contents

Bayonet History Timeline—read about key milestones in the bayonet's history, from the 1500s to the present day.

Bayonet Terminology—diagrams showing the basic terminology used to describe bayonets, scabbards, and frogs.

Glossary of Bayonet Termsdefinitions of common bayonet terms.

Country Pages
—start here if you think you know the country of origin.

Type-Specific Pages—start here if you think your bayonet is one of the types listed, but are unsure of the country of origin.

Bayonets Listed by Overall Length—this may be helpful if you are unsure of the type or country of origin.

Bayonets by Type and Belt Frogs

AK Bayonets 101 (Kalashnikov AK47, AKM, and AK74) FN–FAL Bayonets
Bayonet Belt Frogs G3 and CETME Bayonets
The British No. 4 Spike Bayonet Socket Bayonets
The British No. 9 Bayonet Submachine Gun Bayonets
The Czech VZ–58 Bayonet U.S. M4 Through M7 Series Knife Bayonets
Page header image of Brazil Comblain Cadet Yataghan bayonet
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