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VZ-24
Knife bayonet for use on the 7 mm. Mauser VZ–24 Short Rifle used by Colombia. This bayonet was also used on the 7 mm. Mauser rifles Colombia purchased from FN and Steyr; and, the .30–06 caliber Mauser rifles Colombia used during the post-War years.

Colombia purchased VZ–24 rifles and bayonets in 1929 and 1937, from Československá zbrojovka a.s., Brno. A total of 10,000 are believed to have been produced.

The bayonet is a standard VZ–24 type, with the inverted blade profile. The scabbard has the standard VZ–24 D–shaped throatpiece, but differs from most VZ–24 scabbards by having an oval frog stud.

In the 1950s, Colombia reworked their 7 mm. Mauser rifles into clones of the FN .30–06 caliber M1950 Short Rifle. The reworked rifles were given new F–prefix serial numbers to indicate rework at the State military factory, Fabrica Material de Guerra (FAMAGE), in Bogota.

The bayonet and scabbard serial numbers are only 26 digits apart.

11.75 298
17.00
432
.615
15.6 Ricasso: "CSZ" over "I"

Pommel: "F" over "23428"

Scabbard (frog stud): "F" over "23454"

Thumbnail image of Colombian Madsen M58 knife bayonetThumbnail image of Colombian Madsen M58 knife bayonetThumbnail image of Colombian Madsen M58 knife bayonetThumbnail image of Colombian Madsen M58 knife bayonetThumbnail image of Colombian Madsen M58 knife bayonet Madsen M58 Knife bayonet for use with the .30-06 caliber Madsen Lightweight Military Rifle Model 1947, designated M58 by Colombia.

The Danish Madsen was the last newly-designed bolt-action infantry rifle. Obsolescent by the time it was brought to market in 1951, the rifle included a muzzle brake and rubber buttplate to manage recoil and a windage-adjustable aperture rear sight. It also included a sling patterned on the U.S. M1907 and this unique double-edged knife bayonet as shown in this marketing brochure.

The only manufacturing contract was with Colombia in 1958 for production of approximately 6,500 rifles (reported serial numbers range from 0013 to 6493). The majority were placed in storage and surplussed without having ever been issued.

The bayonet is a simple design, with the hilt and sheet steel scabbard painted black and the blade left in the white.

8.187 208 12.562 319 .610 15.5 Ricasso (right): "6395"
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